A GREAT ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE
Not every English country house I visit has the appeal of Blickling Hall. I dare say I could live here. The estate covers 4,777 acres and includes 55 acres of formal garden, 950 acres of woodland and parkland and 3,500 acres of farmland. The impressive history of the place is too involved for me to go into here but you can find it at the property's website. In this two part post we'll take a look at the stunning interior of the main house—they were kind enough to allow me to photograph it.
The present red-brick mansion was built 1616-24 by Robert Lyminge (the architect of Hatfield) for Sir Henry Hobart, 1st Baronet, Lord Chief Justice to James I. The furnishing are complete here even though the house is now in the hands of The National Trust. As you walk through these grand but somehow cozy rooms you have the feeling that the owners will be back shortly, it's that lived-in looking.
This was the bedroom of the lady of the house, with its fantastic Chinoiserie wall paper.
There's a welcoming warmth to the house in spite of its size and the grandeur of its contents.
And wealth. Most of these books are on the subject of philosophy.
I found the floors interesting, the roughness of them. Nowadays we want our wooden floors to be perfect and buffed but that wasn't the desired look back then.
This was the bedroom of one of the daughters.
Even in the nineteenth century young girls collected posters and hung them on their walls. It's only that interests and tastes have changed in time.
This is half of a painting of the Thames by Canaletto. I think the other half is in the United States somewhere.