Now it’s getting cold and rainy outside and Downton Abbey is back on tv I always have this longing for large old estates in the country, like Downton (or Highclere Castle). Sadly I currently don’t live close to any houses like that and my national trust membership has inspired by now.
Last year around Christmas I worked on a play set and performed at Strawberry Hill House. A beautiful Gothic house in Twickenham, just outside London. For a month this has been my home and after initially getting lost in the corridors it did feel like my home.
Some sweet memories of this beautiful house, especially the hall and library, my favourite places.
Looking up in the hall. The whole staircase is beautifully decorated, with a beautiful stained glass lamp in the centre which coloured the whole hall in warm colours.
The library, with very few books for it’s size. Sadly all the original books have been sold in the past to finance the house.
The view I mostly had of a scene in the library.
Don’t you just get all in the christmas mood by seeing all this. I for one cannot wait to get my gloves and scarf out again.