Fairy Palaces in the middle of lush forests. Castles emerging from the waters of a lake. Grand manors that tell the story of as much grand families. A journey inside ten of the most iconic houses of the world, to be rediscovered. All privately owned houses, often still inhabited by the descendants of the founders, that for need, convenience or simple philanthropy decided to open them to public. A world tour between luxury interiors and art collections that rival with any museum.
HAREWOOD HOUSE. YORKSHIRE
Harewood House (Harewood House Trust, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG, UK)
When king George V, in the beginning of the 20’s, had to look around for a husband to give to her daughter, Princess Mary, He opted for Henry Lascelles, sixth Earl of Harewood. The royals took this choice, among the other reasons, because Harewood House, in the Yorkshire countryside, was considered to be a suitable house for the daughter of a king. Nowadays Harewood, still inhabited by Lascelles successors, is open to public and became one of the most popular touristic spots in the entire Yorkshire.
The house and its interiors were designed, among others, by great architects and designers such as Robert Adam, the father of English Regency style, and Thomas Chippendale, and inside the building there is one of the most precious art collections of the entire Britain that contains great master paintings from Renaissance to late XIX century. The gardens are also very beautiful and picturesque with pavilions, a planetarium, an Himalayan garden and a waterfall. Harewood House is open from 3rd April to 1st November, from 11.00 AM to 4.00 PM. Tickets from 7,5 £.