|Castle Howard from the rear|
|(left) Amaranthus caudatus Red (love-lies-bleeding);
(middle) a trellis arch of runner beans in the decorative vegetable garden;
(right) rain glinting off decorative cabbage
|trees along the parkland walk|
|views of the house from the park, and across the small lake|
|views along the parkland walk, and across the lake|
We had lunch in the Fitzroy Room, and rain started to threaten, so we next did the inside of the house. It’s impressive, but had nowhere near the same effect on me as the grounds did. The guides kept emphasising that it is a family home, still lived in. But I personally find that stately home style very “fussy” and not at all “homely” (unlike parts of Cragside, for example). However, it was interesting to see the history of the house's original design, its restoration after the devastating fire in 1940, and its use as a film set in two separate productions of Brideshead Revisited.
After the house, there wasn’t time to see the arboretum: a trip for another day.
Back to York, and then off to the cinema to see Brave.