My birthday fell on a Sunday this year and I knew that I wanted to have a proper day out with my husband on the Saturday, with a family do on my birthday. We decided to pay a visit to Harewood House, situated between Leeds and Harrogate and about an hour's drive from us. Harewood was built in 1759 by Edwin Lascelles and he was determined to surround himself with glorious things. He employed craftspeople such as Thomas Chippendale (furniture), Robert Adam (interior design) and Capability Brown (gardens) to make this happen.
|The Terrace, built in the 1840's.|
See more here.
|In the Himalayan garden.|
|The lakeside garden.|
We decided to have a look around the house first and tried not to be put off when a hoard of Brownies made it inside just in front of us. Luckily they were less bothered about soaking up the atmosphere and details then we were so they got ahead pretty quickly.
Ready for a tour?
|The Old Library which had a display of etchings|
done by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
|A magnificent bathroom belonging to Princess Mary's dressing room.|
Princess Mary was Queen Victoria's great granddaughter.
|Bathroom ceiling and light|
|A section of amazing hand painted wallpaper in the East Bedroom.|
You can see more of it here.
|The State Bedroom, the bed was made by Chippendale.|
Princess Victoria slept here on a visit in 1835.
|The Spanish Library. The bookcases hide secret doors for the servants to go through.|
|The Yellow Drawing Room|
|The ceiling of the Gallery|
|The State Dining Room|
|The Music Room with the stunning Axminster carpet designed|
by Robert Adam.
After touring the upstairs rooms you can have a look around below stairs. There is a massive kitchen such as you see in Downton Abbey and a room especially for cleaning and sorting the produce that comes in from the gardens.
I always like looking at the bell indicator boards in big old houses. I like seeing what all the rooms were called.
More bell boards.
There are also several exhibitions on within the house. I particularly enjoyed the Plaster Bust Re-imagined by Kathy Dalwood.
|Miss London Town|
The other exhibition is the subject of my next post. It involves costumes...