There's something mysterious about a stately home in the English countryside. With rolling green fields and charming interiors, its easy to imagined storied histories for English manors. In "The English Country House" by James Peill ($55, Vendome), Peill takes a closer look at 10 such homes, all still in the hands of descendants of their original owners.
As if the beautiful photographs of the interiors and vistas weren't enough, Peill's text also looks at the histories and legacies of the families who occupied these estates. With shows like Downton Abbey becoming increasingly popular, Anglophilia is suddenly cool. This book smartly takes advantage of that with a foreword by the show's creator Julian Fellowes.
Images courtesy of Vendome Press.
Check out my blog on "The Scottish Country House."