As the summer holidays approach, what will you be exploring? There is such a mixture of properties across Essex and the surrounding area, from salt marsh to houses, gardens to mills. Featured in this video from Essex was @coggeshall_nt, Bourne Mill and Northey Island. Where will you find yourself this summer?
Welcome to another addition of #HouseMakeoverMonday ! Today's featured room is the East Parlor. We've added some beautiful new curtains and moved the oversized critter statues so we can open the door between the parlor and the girls' bedroom. This space would be great to host your next meeting or to see our wonderful storytellers perform! Find out more at wrensnest.org
Own a piece of Walterboro's HIstory with this 1800's home. Once upon a time, it sat on the Hiott's 100 acre farm. Dr. Johny was born in the 'pink' room, so that room remains pink today. The farm was divided into 12 parcels and the old home became a state girls home with bathrooms added. When the state threatened to tear down the home, it was lovingly moved two lots down and added on to the present kitchen. Swipe to see a few photos then head over to the blog, What’s Your Abode, to get the realtor information and see all the photos. Link in bio. ** if you are the photographer PLEASE let me know so I can properly tag you **
4 7816 hours ago
This swanky townhouse in the coveted Georgetown neighborhood of DC is stylish beyond compare, MLS # DCDC428086, 3327 N Street NW, listed by Margaret Heimbold
🌴Once upon a time in the deep South, many people painted their porch ceilings a specific shade of Haint Blue, a soft blue-green, to ward off evil spirits called “haints.” It’s especially common in the historic homes of Key West, Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina.
Although ghosts might not be the reason for modern homeowners, many continue the tradition of blue porch ceilings to keep ties to their home’s Southern roots. 🍃The Gullah Geechee people, who were descendants of central and west African slaves, painted their doors, windows frames, shutters, and their porch ceilings blue as a means of protection.
They believed that the color would act as a sort of repellant for “haints,” or spirits of the dead, who may try to enter their homes. 🏠According to one version of the tradition, the Gullah Geechee people believed that the haints would confuse the color with the sky and would pass right through the porch ceiling, without pausing to disturb the home or its residents.
Another version of the tradition explains that the haints were afraid of water and would therefore flee at the sight of the watery hue on the houses.💧
31 47417 hours ago
This beautiful rowhouse is in Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood. Fells Point is full of colonial era structures like this and is the historic port area of Baltimore. In addition to being home to Fredrick Douglas’s shipyard, Fells Point is also known as the deathplace of famous author, Edgar Allen Poe. I have many more photos from this neighborhood if you look into my past posts on this account.
East Fourth Street in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio. East Fourth Street is a vibrant pedestrian only street filled with restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, and more. It’s probably the best part of Downtown Cleveland and I think more cities should have areas like this!
// one hundred and fifty years old. Gosh this hardware is too much for me. It used to be a dark black/brushed bronze colour from all of the years of grime but has now been fully cleaned and restored to it's original colour. It is almost a rose gold and I am so pleased with it! Mitchell's cousin has been refinishing our front century door over the last month and is hoping to have it finished this week or next! He has put so much hard work into this project. There has been a lot of hand sanding, stripping, heat gunning, more sanding and wood filler but after tomorrow it is finally ready to be conditioned! We are doing a very light stain on it and then a few layers of heavy duty laquer. When it's all complete I'll post some photos of the beginning to the finished product!
This is from early May of this year. I can't help but think about this castle all the time, as it is one of my very favourites. The vines growing on the walls are romantic and mysterious, and who doesn't need more of that in their life?
Porch swings are found all over Evanston and offer a great way to relax or socialize with your neighbors.
4 5619 hours ago
Today was very hectic. If I’m honest, it was one of those stressful days when you feel like you can’t possibly get to the end of your ‘to do’ list without cutting corners the size of that famous shouty one in a London park. Or that you’ve just given up on the notion of even attempting to keep up a ‘to do’ list. So I’m posting some serene, quietly joyful shots from last week, when I wandered out on my dinner break to just enjoy being @templenewsam. I actually work here. Even on the silly-busy days, that’s still pretty amazing. #curator#gardens#flowers#historichouses#help !
Visitors can enjoy a trip to the gardens in early spring when the grounds are carpeted with many different varieties of snowdrops and daffodils.
May and June see the #azaleas and #rhododendrons take centre stage - an amazing collection of #colour which has been described as one of the best displays in Norfolk.
July and August see the formal herbaceous and kitchen gardens coming to the fore with the perfectly manicured lawns and over 600 different plant varieties, some of which are rare and unusual.
Their restored 19th-century iron glasshouse is a must see for all visitors to the gardens. Throughout the year the gardens host many different events most of which are free to Historic Houses members. They also run a number of guided tours of Hoveton Hall via Invitation to View which are an additional cost.
#Hoveton Hall is free to visit for members of Historic Houses.
In 1831, the #architect Anthony Salvin was commissioned by Gregory Gregory to build his new Manor house, with work commencing in 1832. But, by 1838, building work at Harlaxton was in the hands of the architect William Burn to whom the service wings and courtyards, with their distinctive #Tudor arches, may be attributable.
Both architects were, however, subject to the overarching vision of their client. John Claudius Loudon, on visiting Harlaxton in 1840, concluded that Gregory had entered “so completely into both the design and the practical details of execution he may be said to have embodied himself in the edifice”. This is remarkable in itself, but what makes Harlaxton unique was his brilliant idea “that Elizabethan and Jacobean could be fused with #Baroque ”. This idea is what elevates Harlaxton from the remarkable to the sensational.
The garden at Benington Lordship (@beningtonlordshipgardens) in #Stevenage , #Hertfordshire , sits on an ancient fortified site which has been occupied since Saxon times. What you see today are the earthworks of a medieval motte and bailey castle and the ruins of a Norman keep, now a listed monument.
The gardens were initially laid out in the early 20th-century and surround the manor house, the core of which was built around 1700.
The magnificent neo- #norman folly, comprising a #gatehouse , summer house and adjoining curtain wall, was completed in 1838 by James Pulham of Broxbourne.
The west wing of the house was added in 1905 by the present owner's family with an Edwardian verandah which takes advantage of the glorious views over the park and surrounding farmland.
The garden is famous for its display of naturalised snowdrops around the moat and inner bailey. In spring, following the snowdrops, the garden is covered in swathes of scilla byzantica, daffodils, fritillaries and flowering shrubs and trees.
This is followed by the full summer glory of roses and the spectacular double herbaceous borders. In addition there are three spring fed pools which flow into two large ponds, one of which is managed as a wildlife haven.
A walled kitchen garden is home to a small nursery and vegetable plots.
You may also recognise the estate from the recent hit @BBC drama 'A Summer of Rockets'. #Benington Lordship is free to visit for members of Historic Houses.
Yarnton Manor (@yarntonmanor) is a 17th Century Manor House, built in 1611 by the wealthy Spencer family.
Its long and fascinating history has left an indelible mark on the fabric of the building. The estate has changed hands several times over the centuries, with each successive custodian contributing to its story.
Now Grade II* listed in recognition of its special historic interest, much of what survives is original, or restored sympathetically at the close of the 19th Century.
The Manor has been entertaining and inspiring visitors for centuries and it’s easy to see why: surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and agricultural land, Yarnton Manor’s setting could hardly be more picturesque.
During the English Civil War, the Manor was used as a Royalist military hospital; 40 or so soldiers were buried in the adjoining churchyard between 1643 and 1645.
From noted antiquarian William Hanbury to banker and horse-racing enthusiasts Richard Naylor, each resident’s stories can be found within the hall; but none more so than Nancy Lancaster, ‘doyenne of the Country House style’ or the servants working and living ‘below stairs’ and in the laundry.
Kelmarsh evokes the warmth of a #home , within the stories of past residents and for visitors today.
The Hall is surrounded by its working estate, grazing parklands and Grace II listed gardens. Kelmarsh boasts a distinctive Walled Garden, Sunken Garden, topiary and rose gardens, woodlands, lake and herbaceous borders - all designed principally by Nancy Lancaster, with Norah Lindsay and #landscape#architect Geoffrey Jellicoe.
The informal, feminine designs laid out by Nancy are welcoming throughout the year, and are celebrated for their dizzying array of dahlias in late summer.
#Kelmarsh Hall is free to visit for members of Historic Houses and was the 2018 winner of the Frances Garnham Award, celebrating estates that have demonstrated a particularly innovative and successful approach to education work.
The Great Hall is the heart of Athelhampton House (@athelhampton) in #Dorchester , #Dorset . Built in 1485, it would have served as the entire accommodation.
The Great Hall was then greatly added to throughout the centuries as the house became domesticated.
With its linenfold paneling heraldic stained glass, large fireplace and historic furnishings, the Great Hall is a fine example of #Tudor architecture.
From the Great Hall you can enter the various rooms that make Athelhampton House. The Great Chamber and Library in the East Wing, through the The Kings Room, past the Wine Cellar and then upstairs to the Library.
Then upward into the second floor to the Gallery, showing examples of the work of the artist Marevna, a Russian artist who painted in the cubist style and lived at Athelhampton from 1948 – 1957.
The West Wing houses a fine dining room, The Yellow Bedroom & State Bedroom, The Dressing Room and a Bathroom with a copper bath.
The glorious award winning Grade 1 listed garden, dating from 1891, is full of vistas and gains. The walled gardens include the world famous topiary yew pyramids, Ham Stone courts, and 15th-century Dovecote. The Kitchen Garden began it's restoration in 2014 and is being restored to it’s former glory, starting with fruit trees, herb borders and vines and continuing evolve over the next few years.
Athelhampton is a Historic Houses/Christie's Garden of the Year Award winner.