At the beginning of 2017 I became the volunteer Artist-in-Residence @ Arlington Court National Trust Devon - Watch out for my posts about it.

Friday, 20 May 2016

On our travels again....

This time we went to Oxfordshire, stayed near Wallingford but more about that part of our stay another time, first I want to share our visit to....


NATIONAL TRUST

Apparently it was also used as a location for a DOWNTON ABBEY episode.  (This is where I have to admit I have never seen the program, but it seems to be popular) ;)

Anyway, on with some photos I took looking around the house...








An exhibition of Graham Sutherland paintings






We wouldn't dream of putting so much detail on our ceilings,
but I guess if you have such a magnificent house you can indulge yourself a little....





The pillars aren't real marble,
it's a trompe l'oeil illusion....






No, I hadn't fallen over....I just wanted to get the chairs and the ceiling in the same pic




Even the gardens and grounds were stunning



Another National Property that is on our

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16 comments:

  1. Such gorgeous detail in the ceilings! Would one ever tire of looking up?

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    1. I don't think you would tire of them Marie, each NT house we visit I tend to look up a lot of the time :-)

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  2. Breath taking! But I'm glad I don't have to dust those ceilings.

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  3. Beautiful pics! I was a huge fan of Downton Abbey...I'm going to miss that show...sigh.

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    1. I guess you can watch the repeats though Sue :-)

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  4. Very ornate and magnificent.
    I rather like the "lived in" sofa and chairs in the library, which gives the room a homely feel. A good place to retreat into if all that grandeur gets a bit tiring!

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    1. I agree, there were rooms that looked 'lived in' as opposed to 'staged' (although perhaps staged is the wrong word for it, but hope you get what I mean).

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  5. just wow, and love the idea of trompe l'oeil marble, very effective.

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    1. Yes, I had to do a double take, but realised it wasn't 'real marble'. I couldn't touch the column to check, but was able to peer closely enough to see how it had been done. (Probably with a feather, that gives a better random yet soft line for fake marble painting).

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  6. Looks like a wonderful place...great photos!

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    1. Thanks Joan, the atmosphere of the place was good, some can be very stark.

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  7. It's good to be rich! LOL ;)

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    1. Yes, this is just my country house, lol ;)

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  8. Dear Ann, really a stunning house! Mortgage is getting so high in Sydney, btw. Cheers, Sadami

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    1. The same here Sadami, mortgages are getting out of peoples reach sadly. Seems to be a worldwide situation doesn't it.

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