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Harewood House,Leeds...7/7/2010

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This is still the Family home of Lord and Lady Harewood,..pronounced Harwood,unlike their House,which for some reason,is pronounced as the spelling..I will try to give you an idea of our wonderful day there,but unfortunately,forgot to pick up my camera,all ready and waiting,on the kitchen table…still annoyed about that…so here goes.
We arrived at 10am,to be served with morning coffee and biscuits..homemade shortbread,.mmm,in the lovely open air courtyard,and meeting up with new and old faces at one of our many outings provided by our former Employers,at a hugely discounted rate..and very hard they work too,on a voluntary basis,to find new places to visit.
We then divided into groups of 16..(a lot of us) and began an escorted tour of the State rooms on the ground floor.Stunning is the only word to describe it,as we entered via The Great Hall.The house was created by the architect,John Carr,and designer,Robert Adam,Furnished by master cabinet maker,Thomas Chippendale,.Every room had the beautiful Adam’s fireplaces,and mostly all the ceilings too,such intricate works of art,and the original colours of the period.What skills they had. There were lots of Turner paintings,two of which,only cost £17 each at the time.!..as a favour to a friend…The highlight for most of us,was the East bedroom,which was decorated with hand painted Chinese wallpaper.Originally ,it was taken off an upstairs bedroom and was only rediscovered many years later,in an old outhouse,wrapped in paper and muslin,under a pile of rubble…,intact ! It depicts China through the ages of their traditional Industries,etc..
The Victorians made some changes,some of them,not for the better.They had one of the lovely ceilings removed,and had it replastered with a horrid plain one.!!
Many of the original carpets remain,and were designed to pick out the designs in the ceilings.The Music room was very interesting,again with mostly Chippendale,with the exception of one modern piece in the centre of the room,which was made by Lord Linley,who is also an expert Cabinet maker,.a lovely square table, with intricate Marquetry of different woods,which opened up into a chess table…and surprisingly,fitted into the
room very well.
The State dining room was lovely and the Victorians altered this too,by making it smaller,and creating a passage for the servants to remain unseen,as they delivered their meals.Apparently they didn’t want to see the servants at all….After seeing the rest of the rooms,we were allowed to go at leisure"below stairs"to see all the rooms used by the staff.It was surprisingly very light and airy,with big windows,which I didn’t expect.I could go on and on,but it would take all day,so out on to the lovely terrace and to admire the far reaching views,and the lovely big Herbaceous borders,which were at their best,with all the traditonal planting you would expect….and then for a wonderful lunch in the courtyard dining room.
The Grounds….Designed by Capability Brown….Far reaching views of these,with many lovely trees as you would expect from the “Master”
Many things to see here,and a delight for children,as well as us..
Firstly,there is a penguin house,.just missed feeding time,,,A well kept spacious Bird garden,housing many endangered species,Flamingo’s at the waters edge.a lovely walk through the Rhododendrons,now finished of course,and down to the lake,where you can walk all the way round,given the time.An adventure playground,in keeping with thr surroundings,and new this year,The Domes,.fun for children whatever the weather,and available to suit all children with varying degrees of ability,which is great.I think I have just about summed up our visit,but so much more to do and see.I can honestly say,it is one of the best we have visited,and hope you don’t get too bored reading all this…just so much to try and remember…and condense down..Will definitely go again.There is a website,if anyone is interested in visiting.,or to find out more …www.harewood.org

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Does sound a wonderful place Sandra and by your very interesting discription you could spend at least a couple of days there to see everything, you could get a job as a tour guide you bought everything to life so well! Did you pre arrange your morning coffe and lunch? What a shame you forgot your camera, anyway its going on our list! We are susposed to be going to Ambleside on Wednesday to visit my brother [he's on holiday there], although Im very pleased to have the rain today hope its dry for the trip!

12 Jul, 2010

 

Wonderfully descriptive and informative blog, Bloomer....I like this very much! Glad to hear you had such a great day out! :~))

12 Jul, 2010

 

Thanks Carole.I remembered most things,but I always get one of the leaflets wherever I visit,so it helps to jog my memory,and helps me to be reasonably accurate.,so tour guide? lol.I think not.!Ours was fantastic,and not the.repetitive kind you sometimes hear,without soul.Her heart was really in it.Our lunch and coffee were included in our price,Carole,but its quite expensive,as my friend and I went for a cappuccino,and shared at a piece of cake ,before we left,,and it was almost £ 7...self service,and cake not home made either..don't know about lunch prices..so will leave you to draw your own conclusions..Picnic and a flask? if its a nice day,there are picnic areas,or the courtyard area.I love Ambleside,Carole,lovely place,hope you have a lovely day...good Garden centre on the outskirts ,lol.The name escapes me at the moment,but on the road out towards Windermere...

12 Jul, 2010

 

Thanks,Flori.I haven't been in the house before,but visited a few times, just paid to go in the grounds,when our daughter was young.They have lots of events there too,concerts etc.

12 Jul, 2010

 

It sounds wonderfull, only wished that i lived closer!

12 Jul, 2010

 

Are you really sure about that Flori? it would mean living closer to me...could you really cope ? think very carefully my friend :o)))))))

12 Jul, 2010

 

Shame about the camera but you have still provided another lovely blog Sandra,(another added to my visiting list,) good job my daughter likes photography and likes to also go visiting these grand places...

12 Jul, 2010

 

It sounds a nice place

12 Jul, 2010

 

sounds lovely sandra and so interesting to ;o))

12 Jul, 2010

 

Thanks Clarice and San,..you two will have to see if there is a trip going ,and have another lovely day out together...:o))

12 Jul, 2010

 

sounds good to me sandra,, carol is in the know about trips not me, never done them before ;o)

12 Jul, 2010

 

Nice and relaxing,San,letting someone else do the driving,and just enjoying the ride and the scenery....get your heads together and plan something nice...

12 Jul, 2010

 

The Victorians had such silly ideas :o((

12 Jul, 2010

 

You are so right Hywel,and these days,it would cost a fortune to restore things to its original beauty..even if the skill was there...

12 Jul, 2010

 

Such a shame though.

12 Jul, 2010

 

I wouldn't mind living up closer to you, Bloomer, but not too sure that poor old Yorkshire could really put up with us both in the same County! LOL! Poor ol GOY struggles as it is.....Ha ha ha! :~))x

14 Jul, 2010

 

Its a big county,Flori,I'm sure it would cope..:o))

14 Jul, 2010

 

Ha ha ha~tempting to put it to the test though, Bloomer! :~))x

14 Jul, 2010

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