Highland Retreats

The Architecture and Interior Decoration of Scotland's Seasonal Houses
Author: Mary Miers,Country Life Magazine
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN: 9780847844760
Category: Architecture
Page: 288
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A glimpse inside the jewels of Scottish country houses. The Scottish Highlands are a hugely popular vacation destination and the setting for the richest fantasies of life in the British countryside, and this book is the first to examine the architecture, history, and appeal of the Highlands house. Readers will find breathtaking houses set amid the beautiful landscapes of Scotland, as well as the most authentic decorative use of Scottish tartan, arms, and armor, which have influenced the decoration of country houses worldwide. This book features stunning photographs of Scotland's most remarkable and romantic country houses. Built as seasonal homes, they range from Picturesque cottages ornés and Scotch baronial castles inspired by Queen Victoria's Balmoral, to Arts and Crafts mansions and modern fantasies set among wild mountains and remote glens. A strong element of the book is the shooting lodge, designed to accommodate parties of guests who flock north for the annual sporting season. Images from Country Life and specially commissioned photographs evoke the dramatic settings and arresting detail of these houses, making the book as appealing to decorators and historians as it is to travelers and sportsmen.

The Scottish Country House


Author: James Knox
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 9780500291726
Category: Architecture, Domestic
Page: 208
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At the heart of this stirring tale and visual delight is a group of ten extraordinary houses and castles that have survived the vicissitudes of Scotland's history with almost all of the original families who built them still in residence today. Their histories are peopled with strongwilled men and women--from the notorious General Tam Dalyell of the House of the Binns, who served not only the Stuart kings but the czar of Russia, to the first Duke of Queensberry, who built one of the most sensational castles in Britain, to a love match worthy of the "auld alliance" between the Earl of Stair and his French-born countess. Each house also represents a landmark in Scotland's architectural history, ranging from the early seventeenth to the early twentieth century. The cutting-edge classicism of William Bruce at Balcaskie, the sensational French chateau-inspired Drumlanrig, the splendor of William Adam's baroque at Arniston, and the sublime Palladianism of his sons, the Adam brothers, at Dumfries House, are a roll call of architectural genius. The Victorian passion for all things Scottish is displayed in Lochinch Castle, a bravura example of the Baronial style, bristling with turrets, bartizans, and stepped roofs. And Robert Lorimer's beautifully crafted reconstruction at Monzie at the turn of the twentieth century reveals him as a major talent who synthesized European and purely Scottish styles, expressing, like his fellow architects in this book, a uniquely Scottish sensibility. The architectural revelation is matched by the houses' sensational settings, which merge the historically designed gardens and landscape with the unparalleled wildness and vistas of Scotland. But, as author James Knox writes in his lively, insightful text, "The glory of Scottish country houses is not just their architecture but their contents, which add layers of personality to the interiors." As Knox guides the reader on an intimate tour of the houses, he recounts their fascinating histories and profi les the colorful, often eccentric, lairds, lady lairds, clan chiefs, and nobles who have called them home. And James Fennell's masterly photographs, which rely solely on natural light for effect, capture the distinctive atmosphere of each residence. The Duchess of Buccleuch's boudoir at Bowhill is a frenzy of chinoiserie, needlepoint, and silk tassels. At Ballindalloch, the Macpherson-Grant tartan carpets the entrance hall and Victorian paintings of the family's prized Aberdeen Angus herd--the oldest in Scotland--adorn many a room. The motto of the Munro clan, "Dread God," is emblazoned throughout Foulis Castle--on china, wall plaques, not to mention the clan chief 's bonnet. All of these cherished houses are chockablock with memories of the past, from swagger portraits to sporrans, from vintage photographs to ancient weaponry, from curling stones to fading chintz. Some are also treasure houses, not least Dumfries House, saved from the auction block by a consortium headed by the Prince of Wales, which boasts an unrivaled collection of documented Chippendale and Scottish rococo furniture. "The Scottish Country House" will enthrall anyone with an interest in Scotland, history, architecture, or interior decoration--all wrapped in a compelling narrative of past lives and taste. Praise for "The Scottish Country House" "If you like historic homes, this book is for you. It's filled with beautiful photos of historic Scottish castles and grand estates." -"Design*Sponge" "Who can resist a beautiful chateau set in the lush green countryside of Scotland? I, for one, cannot. In James Knox's new book, he focuses on ten standout examples of Scottish country living. With each house, he details the history of the establishment, and follows through to how it stands today." --"Home Design with Kevin Sharkey" "This book, filled with lavish photography by James Fennell, profiles ten outstanding Scottish castles and mansions, from sprawling Walter Scott

The English Country House

From the Archives of Country Life
Author: Mary Miers
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Architecture
Page: 484
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Sixty-two stunning houses in a range of architectural styles spanning seven centuries are brought to live through glorious imagery from the photography library of Country Life magazine.

Scotland's Castles

Rescued, Rebuilt and Reoccupied
Author: Janet Brennan-Inglis
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0750958103
Category: Architecture
Page: 192
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The amazing stories behind the rescue and restoration of 100 Scottish castlesIs there any other architectural form that is more universally loved than the castle? This book is a beautifully illustrated celebration and account of the renaissance of Scottish castles that has taken place since 1950. More than 100 ruined and derelict buildings—from tiny towers to rambling baronial mansions—have been restored as homes, hotels, and vacation homes, mainly by new owners without any connections to the land or the family history of the buildings, which they bought as ruins. Their struggles and triumphs, including interviews and first-person accounts, form the core of the book, set in the context of the enormous social, political, and economic changes of the late 20th century.

Highland Living

Landscape, Style, and Traditions of Scotland
Author: Stephane Bern,Franck Ferrand
Publisher: Flammarion
ISBN: 9782080202413
Category: Castles
Page: 208
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Cawdor, one of Scotlands most magnificent estates is the focus of Highland Living . Reflecting both the rusticity of the locale and the elegance of the castles grounds and interiors, inspiration and visual delights await as the door is opened to the castles gardens, kitchens and private apartments. Coupling impressive antiques with cosy creature comforts, Angelika Cawdor has created a charming decor of discerning Scottish style within this historic house. Accompanied by exquisite colour photography, the book opens with a history of Cawdor Castle, from its beginnings in the late 14th century and tales of Macbeth, to the present day in which the estate spans 18,000 acres of forest, grazing land and wildlife management, an exquisite kitchen garden, modern organic gardens, a glorious cutting garden and, of course, the manor with its attractive tapestries and furnishings. Cawdor tartans and Highland colour tones add to the perspective of what life is like on a working estate in Scotland and make this book a page-turner of vibrant images, information and insight. This book includes a section on the recipes of Cawdor Castle shows off Scottish culinary traditions porridge, salmon, and haggis, as well as modern recipes for other traditional delights partridge, roast rhubarb and apple crumble, and ginger beer, to name a few. The book is completed by an address book of the best places to visit, restaurants and lodges, and shopping for everything from chocolates to organic vegetables. It is a sumptuous book devoted to a special part of Inverness, Highland Living will be cherished by anyone who adores the traditions of Scotland and Scottish life.

Calton Hill

And the Plans for Edinburgh's Third New Town
Author: Kirsten Carter McKee
Publisher: John Donald
ISBN: 9781910900178
Category:
Page: 224
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Calton Hill, on the eastern edge of Edinburgh's centre, has a special relationship with the city. Development of the hill and its surrounding area(often referred to as Edinburgh's 'Third New Town') began in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by a decision-making elite, whoproposed to change the site from a rural periphery into the new urban core of the city.This book shows that the architecture and urban design on Calton Hill was a demonstration of Scotland's cultural identity and political allegiance tothe British State - as key enlightenment figures and theories were celebrated alongside the British naval heroes and the House of Hanover in theearly stages of its development. However, as Scotland's identity within Britain evolved through changes in governance in the nineteenth and earlytwentieth centuries, Calton Hill - and all that its neo-Greek architecture came to represent - became a metaphor for the friction between Scottishand British Nationalism, resulting in it being considered a 'Nationalist Shibboleth' by the last years of the twentieth century.This book considers how the architectural expression of Calton Hill has been perceived, accepted and rejected as ideas surrounding culturalidentity, governance and nationalism have changed over the last 200 years.

Secret Houses of the Cotswolds


Author: Jeremy Musson
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 1781012415
Category: Travel
Page: 144
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Secret Houses of the Cotswolds is a personal tour of twenty of the UK’s most beguiling houses in this much loved area of western England, defined by its distinctive honey-coloured stone, rolling hills, picturesque villages and the most traditional English landscape. Author and architectural historian, Jeremy Musson, and Cotswolds-based photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas, offer privileged access to twenty houses, from castles and manor houses, by way of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century mansions, revealing their history, architecture and interiors, in the company of their devoted owners. In the footsteps of artists and designers from Georgian designers such as William Kent to Victorian visionary, William Morris, founder of the arts and crafts movement, we find a series of fascinating country houses of different sizes and atmospheres, which have shaped the English identity, and in different ways express the ideals of English life. Most of the houses included here are privately owned and not usually open to the public, and all of these houses featured in this book can be enjoyed through the eyes of owners, as well as an experienced architectural historian, and an award-winning photographer.

Houses of the Lake District


Author: Christopher Holliday
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 9780711231610
Category: Architecture
Page: 208
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The houses and castles of the Lake District, secreted among the lakes and fells, are inextricably linked with their dramatic setting. Many are architecturally distinguished, even more have intriguing tales to tell. In this book Christopher Holliday explores in detail the history and architecture of the houses and the personal stories of their owners through the centuries right up to the present day. Clive Boursnell's stunning photographs capture the houses, inside and out, their gardens and their setting. Houses covered include: Levens Hall, Sizergh Castle, Holker Hall, Blackwell, Dalemain, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Dove Cottage, Rydal, Mirehouse, Brantwood, Hill Top, and many more.

The Finest Road in the World

The Story of Travel and Transport in the Scottish Highlands
Author: James Miller
Publisher: Birlinn Publishers
ISBN: 9781780275734
Category: History
Page: N.A
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This is the story of travel and transport in the Scottish Highlands

Havana Living Today

Cuban Home Style Now
Author: Hermes Mallea
Publisher: Rizzoli Publications
ISBN: 0847858804
Category: Architecture, Domestic
Page: 224
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The accessibility and colours of the interiors in Havana Living Today will resonate with readers of World of Interiors, Architectural Digest and Elle Décor - while the first comprehensive view of an increasingly open Havana will appeal to any armchair traveller. Havana Living Today presents the stylish homes that survived the Cuban revolution as well as celebrates the comfortable and stylish Havana interiors created in recent years. The thaw in diplomatic relations with the US ushers in a new phase in Cuba's history, and Havana Living Today is documenting the end of the post-Revolutionary elite and the beginning of a new era in Cuban home life and style.

The Shoot Lunch

The Tradition, the Camaraderie and the Craic
Author: J. C. Jeremy Hobson
Publisher: Quiller Press
ISBN: 9781846890925
Category: Cooking
Page: 176
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A selection of practical and useful recipes Photographs capturing the atmosphere of the lunches and Mandy Shepherd watercolors Fascination history of shooting lunches from Edwardian times with anecdotes and experiences of guns

The Scottish House

Eclectic and Unique Interiors
Author: Malise Ruthven
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Architecture
Page: 176
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This is an evocative and visually arresting book giving a sense of Scotland's heritage and of the people who have contributed so much to it. It features a range of never-before photographed houses which capture the spirit of Scottish living.

Glenshee

Glen of the Fairies
Author: Antony Mackenzie Smith
Publisher: Tuckwell Press, Ltd.
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 190
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Glenshee is a wild, romantic, unbelievably beautiful part of Scotland steeped in lore and legend. In this book, Tony Mackenzie Smith, who was born and brought up there, draws the reader deep into the heart of this magical place, weaving history, legend and family anecdote into a rich tapestry. He provides a haunting, at times hilarious, tale, teaming with character and incident.

Highlands and Islands

A Collection of the Poetry of Place
Author: Mary Miers,John Byrne
Publisher: Eland Pub Limited
ISBN: 9781906011291
Category: Poetry
Page: 160
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Songs, satires, laments, poems, and incantions from various artists familiar with the mountain glens of the Scottish Highlands.

Castles in the Mist

The Victorian Transformation of the Highlands
Author: Robin Noble
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781910192344
Category:
Page: N.A
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American Houses

The Architecture of Fairfax & Sammons
Author: Mary Miers
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN: N.A
Category: Architecture
Page: 254
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An architectural monograph of twenty-four of the nation's most refined and elegant new classical residences from the last decade includes examples that demonstrate Colonial, Mediterranean, and other styles and surveys a number of East-Coast projects and renovations.

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites


Author: David Forsyth
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781910682081
Category:
Page: 256
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In the summer of 1745 'Bonnie Prince Charlie', grandson of James VII and II landed on the Isle of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. He would be the Jacobite Stuarts' last hope in the fight to regain the three kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland. A major new exhibition on Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites opens at the National Museum of Scotland, and tells a compelling story of love, loss, exile, rebellion and retribution. It will challenge many of the misconceptions that still surround this turbulent period in European history.This book has eight specially commissioned essays on the Jacobites and includes a catalogue that showcases the rich wealth of objects in the exhibition.00Exhibition: National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK (23.06.-12.11.2017).

Victorian Summer

The Historic Houses of Belle Haven Park, Greenwich, Connecticut
Author: Matt Bernard
Publisher: Oro Editions
ISBN: 9781939621757
Category: Architecture
Page: 260
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At the height of the Gilded Age, America's wealthiest families began to cluster in Newport, Southampton, Bar Harbor, and Tuxedo Park. In these idyllic locales they built luxurious summer "cottages" away from the grit and grime of New York or Boston or Philadelphia.The Belle Haven peninsula, in Greenwich, Connecticut, is home to one of the first and most spectacular residence parks in the country. Its development occurred rapidly, and between 1884 and 1894 Belle Haven Park was transformed from scenic pastureland set above the glistening ribbon of Long Island Sound into a bastion of Victorian luxury. Successful American magazine described the Belle Haven of 1902 as "a nonpareil spot, surpassing in beauty, while equaling in elegance, the pet of the fashionable world, Newport, and outshining Tuxedo in brilliance and gaiety." The New York Times, meanwhile, called it "the flower garden of Greenwich, and, indeed, of the whole Connecticut shore."Victorian Summer: The Historic Houses of Belle Haven Park, Greenwich, Connecticut focuses on that great flowering of Belle Haven, from 1884 to 1929. The 45-year span began with Robert Law Olmsted's storied firm laying out Belle Haven's graceful, lamp-lit streets, and continued with the Gilded Age's most renowned architects designing masterpieces, in styles ranging from the whimsical Queen Anne to the ponderous Richardsonian Romanesque, for the illustrious movers and shakers of the day - men who raised up the Manhattan skyline, co-founded U.S. Steel, formed Nabisco, ran Standard Oil's domestic business, and mined gold, silver, and iron ore to supply an exploding railroad industry.Victorian Summer features estate biographies - each telling the story of a house, an architect, and a predominant owner. Some of these houses are sadly gone or unrecognizably changed--though preserved here in photographs--but many shine on as brightly as ever. Together the biographies weave a portrait of the Gilded Age and its aftermath, with an emphasis on the architecture, but touching on such events as the Civil War, the industrial boom, and the sinking of the Titanic.

Robert Adam

Country House Design, Decoration, and the Art of Elegance
Author: Jeremy Musson
Publisher: Rizzoli Publications
ISBN: 0847848515
Category: Country homes
Page: 272
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Interest in English country house interiors is stronger than ever, and the time is right for a beautifully produced new book on the work of Robert Adam, the great neoclassical architect who influenced generations. Unlike the existing, more scholarly books on the subject, this richly illustrated volume will appeal to designers and homeowners as well as traditional architecture enthusiasts, promising to become an important decorating reference book. The definitive book on Robert Adam, with specially commissioned photography by Paul Barker, new scholarship by esteemed writer Jeremy Musson, and drawings from Sir John Soane's Museum. Adam (1728-1792) is unquestionably one of the greatest British architects of all time, who stamped his neoclassical aesthetic vision on both country house and town house. His achievement in the field of interior design was also exceptional, and in fact, Adam is one of the few architects to lend his name to an interior style.