If there is one thing that I love about stately homes apart from the exquisite architecture and furnishings, is the carefully placed flower arrangements all skillfully put together to give a softness to the often austere rooms. When we visited Castle Howard in its magnificent Yorkshire surroundings, we were greeted with even more intricate designs for their flower festival. So, with this in mind dear readers, I have decided to write about Castle Howard in two parts. The first being the internal decorations, and the second will be external grandeur. My photos are all jumping and itching to get into this blog post so this is going to be a bit picture heavy. As usual, grab yourself something nice to drink, maybe a Pimms and a slice of Victoria sponge and walk with me (making sure your crown doesn't slip) through the most amazing rooms.
The long halls full of sculptures and paintings. Rich beauty on show against the historical stonework.
The enchanting staircase greets you, adorned with carefully crafted vegetation. Against the illuminated lantern, the banisters shone with the artwork surrounding them.
The bedrooms full of sumptuous furnishings and cleverly crafted flower arrangements.
I think this is a bust of Silenus, the Greek God of drunkenness and wine making - what a happy chap!
The Great Hall was incredibly crowded so a lot of patience was needed before I could take any photos, but here are some of this particular area.
Even the smaller staircases were adorned with bursts of beautiful, fragrant colour...
Of course, I can't go to a stately home and not capture a chandelier or two. These glittering jewels that hang from grand ceilings are a joy to my eyes.
The glimmering glass also reflected in the goblets below. Lunch anyone?
I loved this arrangement... S is for... Sweetbriar!!
This turquoise room was so vibrant and beautifully furnished.
Each room in turn showed the amazing craftsmanship of those who had put the arrangements together. Beautiful!
By far, my favourite display was in a huge hall like room with books lining the walls...
A coronet cascading its flowers from the ceiling...
At the bottom of the coronet... pages... fluttering in any breeze that caught the single pages as they hung from the exquisite flower structure.
Phew! Are you still with me?! Well done!! Well, that was part one. Part two will be coming shortly showing the external magnificence of this house along with the spectacular gardens.
In the meantime, have a wonderful week.