falling down the rabbit hole {claydon house}…

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our recent sojourn in the english countryside tied in nicely with some of our 3*6*5 for 2013 plans {particularly the best of british bit} & having availed ourselves of a hire car we took the opportunity to stretch our wings that little bit further…

on a crisp spring afternoon we checked out of our hotel in hurley & headed north to visit claydon house

despite its austere facade, claydon house, as promised, affords “splendid 18th-century english interiors in an idyllic country setting”…

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by far the highlight of the trip for me was the exquisite & famed chinese room…

& though i had read about it before {having researched the chinoiserie style as part of my design studies}, i was nonetheless taken aback by what i saw before me…

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an intricately-carved white pagoda, supposedly built for partaking in the esteemed practise of taking tea, stands crisp against a deeply-hued backdrop & fills the most part of an entire wall…

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flanked by equally-intricate doors, this is the work of master craftsman luke lightfoot, one of the more esteemed carvers of his time…

& with such attention to detail it’s no wonder this venture tested the verney family’s fortunes…

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especially, as it’s reputed, given mr lightfoot’s rather light-fingered tendencies of substituting quality materials with cheaper alternatives & pocketing the difference…

but i dare say history has forgiven him {if not sir verney’s heirs}

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for few surfaces have been spared such beautiful elaboration…

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a superb level of craftmanship is evident throughout…

as is the much-favoured colour pairing of china blue & white {so prolific is its use that at one point in proceedings i wondered if i’d somehow been swallowed up by an oversized rabbit hole & spat out the other end in a giant wedgwood trinket box}…

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the saloon certainly follows suit…

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right down to its decadently-flocked walls…

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as does the similarly-hued library {though you might be happy to know there is some deviation: an aptly named rose room & a brilliantly sunny yellow north hall dare to be different}

as was the intention of its creator, sir ralph verney, claydon house both dazzles & delights…

& i can highly recommend spending a splendid spring afternoon immersed in its elaborate contribution to this country’s architectural history…

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