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Old Homes, New Life: The resurgence of the British country house

Author/EditorAslet, Clive (Author)
Thomas, Dylan (Author)
Publisher: Triglyph Books
ISBN: 9781916355408
Pub Date01/07/2020
BindingHardback
Pages304
Dimensions (mm)285(h) * 235(w)
This sumptuous book celebrates 12 country houses, occupied by the same families for at least 300 years. From State rooms to boot rooms we have interviewed and photographed these amazing homes. This book gives exclusive insight into a private world at a time of dynamic change and renewal.
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This book is a sumptuously produced journey around twelve privately owned country houses, asking what it is like to live in such places today. What role do they play in the twenty-first century? For many years after the Second World War, the country house was struggling. Now a new generation of young owners, often with children, has taken over. They're finding innovative ways to live in these ancient, fragile and poetic places. While they treasure the history and beauty of the houses, they're also adapting and enhancing them for a modern era.

Old Homes, New Life is a behind-the-scenes account of today's aristocracy, as they reinvent the country house way of life. Each family does this in its own way, maintaining the tradition of individualism, even eccentricity, which is so much associated with country houses. Dylan Thomas's superb yet intimate photographs capture both the inhabitants of these houses and the spaces they occupy - from State dining to family kitchen, walled garden to attic. This feast for the eyes is accompanied by an equally mouth-watering text by Clive Aslet, based on interviews with family members and his long experience of the subject through his years as Editor of Country Life. The result is an exclusive tour of a dozen spectacular homes.


The book offers readers exclusive access to a dozen spectacular but private worlds: Madresfield Court, Loseley Park, Helmingham Hall, Burton Agnes Hall, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Doddington Hall, Broughton Castle, Hopetoun House, Firle Place, Grimsthorpe Castle, Powderham Castle, Inveraray Castle.

This book is a sumptuously produced journey around twelve privately owned country houses, asking what it is like to live in such places today. What role do they play in the twenty-first century? For many years after the Second World War, the country house was struggling. Now a new generation of young owners, often with children, has taken over. They're finding innovative ways to live in these ancient, fragile and poetic places. While they treasure the history and beauty of the houses, they're also adapting and enhancing them for a modern era.

Old Homes, New Life is a behind-the-scenes account of today's aristocracy, as they reinvent the country house way of life. Each family does this in its own way, maintaining the tradition of individualism, even eccentricity, which is so much associated with country houses. Dylan Thomas's superb yet intimate photographs capture both the inhabitants of these houses and the spaces they occupy - from State dining to family kitchen, walled garden to attic. This feast for the eyes is accompanied by an equally mouth-watering text by Clive Aslet, based on interviews with family members and his long experience of the subject through his years as Editor of Country Life. The result is an exclusive tour of a dozen spectacular homes.


The book offers readers exclusive access to a dozen spectacular but private worlds: Madresfield Court, Loseley Park, Helmingham Hall, Burton Agnes Hall, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Doddington Hall, Broughton Castle, Hopetoun House, Firle Place, Grimsthorpe Castle, Powderham Castle, Inveraray Castle.

Clive Aslet is an award-winning writer and journalist, acknowledged as a leading authority on Britain and its way of life. He joined the magazine Country Life in 1977 and was Editor for 13 years. Clive's many books include The Edwardian Country House (2012), a reprise of his first book, The Last Country Houses, which was published by Yale University Press in 1982. He has also written on country houses of the American Gilded Age, on British identity, on the countryside, and on the House of Lords. In 2014, Clive published his first novel, The Birdcage, set in Salonika during the First World War. Clive writes for newspapers such as The Times and The Daily Telegraph, and often broadcasts on television and radio. Well-known as a campaigner on the countryside and other issues, he is an Ambassador for the Woodland Trust, a Trustee of the charities Plantlife and The Lutyens Trust and a Fellow of the Humanities Research Institute of the University of Buckingham. In 2019, he co-founded Triglyph Books with the photographer Dylan Thomas. Clive is married with three children and lives in London and Ramsgate. Dylan Thomas is one of Britain's foremost photographers of people and interiors. He began work as an assistant to the internationally famous Lord Snowdon and has now forged an outstanding reputation with notable clients for highly detailed and technically complex work. Dylan is an expert interpreter of light and shadow with an acute awareness of the environment around him and a meticulous approach to composition. He captures individuals and places with spontaneity and an authentic timelessness that conveys both the mood and the message. Dylan Thomas Photography is an award-winning photography studio offering a diverse range of skills and services. Dylan travels the world on behalf of the major publishing houses in the US and Europe and his industry-leading client base is a testament to the unique personal investment he makes in any project, no matter the scale. He works uncompromisingly under pressure with accuracy and flexibility, always with good humour and sensitivity. In 2019 Dylan co-founded Triglyph Books with architectural historian and writer Clive Aslet. Dylan's professional life is based in London. He lives in Sussex with his wife and three young children where they embrace curiosity and adventure.

Introduction Locations Madresfield Court Loseley Park Helmingham Hall Burton Agnes Hutton-In-The-Forest Doddington Hall Broughton Castle Hopetoun House Firle Place Grimsthorpe Castle Powderham Castle Inveraray Castle The Homes Behind the Lens Acknowledgements The Publisher Colophon

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