Friday Fun: Country Homes in Ireland

I’ve discovered there are some beautiful country homes in Ireland as well that I might consider for my future reading/writing retreats… although they are somewhat more expensive than my beloved French chateau (and possibly slightly more rained upon?)

How about this little beauty, nestled among the hills in County Dublin? From
This one in County Kildare has an indoor swimming pool – well, it would have to be indoors, wouldn’t it? From
Needless to say, I much prefer a library, such as this mansion in Tipperary, from
They all seem to have really endless grounds too, such as this one in County Wexford, also from
Not all of them are for sale, you might have to be content to just visit some of them, converted into hotels, such as this one from the Irish Tourism Board.
This one reminds me of Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Powerscourt House in Enniskerry, from Home Stratosphere.

Friday Fun: Country House Style

As the granddaughter (and great niece) of farmers, I spent every summer in the countryside, but our ‘maison de campagne’ (country house) style looked nothing like the beauties below!

You’ve got to have a great armoire, don’t you? From
A big clock is always appreciated. Fun fact: my parents bought a set of chairs like those (but brown) for their wedding and still have them half a century own. Do they count as antiques now? From Marie Claire.
Plenty of room for the whole family to sit and eat, from
Although not quite as much fun as my aunt’s table under the grape vines. (Sadly, no personal pictures are available, so this is from
Simple fireplace and coloured plates also spell country style, from
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have spotted that nearly all of the above are French, so here is an English country cottage interior, from Elegant Home Design.
That’s more like the houses I remember – traditional Romanian peasant house interior, from

Friday Fun: Country Homes in the Home Counties

We may not have those romantic chateaux for which the French are famous, but there are some memorable country piles in my local area. Although it pains me to say this, these pictures give you a clue why this area voted Remain (holiday homes in France, Italy etc.) but will probably vote Conservative now and always.

The best known house in the local area, Cliveden. From website.

Elizabethan manor house almost next door to Cliveden, Taplow Court. From

John Betjeman’s modest vicarage, in Farnborough. From The Telegraph.

The Queen Anne style is also popular, as in this house for sale in Bourne End. From

Tudor mansion in Harpenden, from

This one even has literary connotations. John Gay’s house in Holyport, from

A more unusual building in Lambourn, from

Riverside property in Maidenhead, from

This secluded property in Sonning has allegedly been snapped up by George and Amal Clooney. From

Park Place, near Henley, was bought by a Russian billionaire. From Daily Mail.

Not to say that there aren’t also people living in Council housing and who have never travelled outside their local area, but they are the ones who have been lied to and who are afraid of the immigrants coming and taking their jobs and/or benefits.