The Orangery - Frampton Court Estate, Frampton on Severn, Gloucestershire, England - Capped by a parapet edged with pinnacles and battlements. It was recently featured on the cover of Country Life magazine as 'the prettiest garden building in England' & is described in Pevsner's Buildings of England as one of the most unusual examples of 'Strawberry Hill' gothic architecture in the country.
Belton House, Belton, Grantham, Lincs. Grade I listed country house. Surrounded by formal gardens & a series of avenues leading to follies within a larger wooded park. Belton has been described as a compilation of all that is finest of Carolean architecture, the only truly vernacular style of architecture that England had produced since the Tudor period. For 300 years, Belton House was the seat of the Brownlow & Cust family, who first acquired land in the area in late 16th c.
Ickworth House, nr Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Built between 1795 & 1829, the chief dwelling of an estate owned by the Hervey family, later Marquesses of Bristol, since 1467. The creation of Frederick 4th Earl of Bristol & Bishop of Derry who commissioned the Italian architect Asprucci. In 1956, the house, park, & a large endowment were given to the National Trust in lieu of death duties [--CWH-- on Flickr]
Chettle House, Nr Blandford Forum, Dorset. This stunning Queen Anne house was commissioned by the Chafin family & designed by Thomas Archer in 1710 to replace their Elizabethan manor house. It is reputed that the house took 25 years to build, with all the materials coming from the neighbouring countryside. The house has no corners - all corners are rounded in common with the style of Thomas Archer, an example of which is found at the Church in Smith Square, London.
Matthew Beckett’s site, The Country Seat (countryhouses.wordpress.com), and its sister site (www.lostheritage.org.uk), listing all the great English Country Houses which are no longer with us; most victims of war, requisition, decay, decline, 80% death duties, lost fortunes – wine, women, song and the gambling table, asset strippers and developers. This all took place before listed building status obliged owners to ‘preserve’ properties with notable historic or architectural status.