Staying in the magical surroundings of Harlaxton Manor, now the British campus of the University of Evansville, Indiana, was the highlight of this August 2010 programme.
The houses visited offer a representative selection of English country houses illustrating every period from Norman to Victorian times:
- Boothby Pagnell Manor House, one of the earliest surviving examples of domestic architecture in Britain
- Ellys Manor House which contains some of the finest late-medieval domestic wall-decoration in Britain
- Grimsthorpe Castle, an extensive Tudor residence partly rebuilt by Sir John Vanburgh from 1715 onwards
- Fulbeck Hall (1733) and Leadenham House (1792-6) two examples of the medium-sized country houses in the Palladian manner
- Harlaxton Manor (1831-8), a spectacular essay in Jacobethan and Baroque architecture by Anthony Salvin and William Burn
- Stoke Rochford Hall (1841-5), Burn’s more compact follow-up commission for a neighbouring estate to Harlaxton
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