I continue to dream of stately manors and castles in the countryside (far away from the frigid winters and uninspiring architecture of Canada I find so soul-crushing). This one built in the 18th century in Suffolk is home to interior designer Kate Earle of Todhunter Earle, and is full of character and history evident with the addition of a plethora of antiques and textiles. What a beauty.
Set upon a hilltop in the French Pyrenees, Château de Gudanes is one of the most magical homes I have ever seen. And one of my favourite Instagram accounts to follow, to watch the progress of this huge restoration project and dream…
Once upon a time a thirteenth century fortress, a fifteenth century castle, and then an eighteenth century palatial château, Château de Gudanes was then left abandoned and in ruins… Until in 2013, she was discovered by a West Australian family, the Waters, who have taken on the responsibility to awaken this sleeping beauty after years of neglect – at the time they purchased the building only three of its ninety-four rooms still had floors and ceilings. Château de Gudanes still stands proudly in the south of France in the small village of Chateau-Verdun.
How could I continue with castle Sundays without featuring the Belgian castle of legendary designer and art/antiques dealer Axel Vervoordt. Kasteel van ’s-Gravenwezel dates back to the 12th century and represents Axel’s style to its core – minimalist and appear seemingly untouched over time. Axel has perfected the ability to create environments that look found, not made. It is earthy, warm, textured, worn and about as magical as a castle can get.
I am suffering from heart palpitations over this absolutely magical home designed by Blyth-Collinson Interiors. Especially the exterior. Seriously – be still my heart.
Set in famous and bucolic grounds, this residence has a fascinating history and has been used in various ways, most notably as a hunting lodge. With this as inspiration, we turned a somewhat bland interior into a warm and sophisticated home, where our client’s extensive collection of important art and antiques could be displayed to their best advantage. Set over several levels, we refurbished rooms, installed furnishings, curtains, and fittings, and worked with specialist experts to ensure artworks were hung correctly. We commissioned bespoke furniture and cabinetry to blend seamlessly into the scheme and bedroom walls were upholstered with exquisite fabrics. From cushions to candles, furnishings to fabrics, we created a convivial atmosphere, where our client loves to entertain and enjoy the pristine country surrounds.
I think I’ll add stately manors to my castle ensemble for Sundays as they tend to be just as fabulous and a bit easier to find. I spotted Wardington Manor featured on Sköna hem and then found another feature of this glorious home on House & Garden. Located in Oxfordshire on 30 acres of picturesque property, this 15th century manor is an absolute dream. The woodwork, the plasterwork, and that stone flooring in the kitchen….*sigh* (photos: Michael Paul / Living Inside & Andrew Montgomery)