Season's greetings to one and all, this issue brings the heart back home with the Classics. Doyenne of Insurance Winnie Tay shares her life lessons and try some gift wrapping tips in our Dark & Decadent section. Joyeux Noelle~!
THE HOME CASTLE HOWARD, NORTH YORKSHIRE Situated in the heart of the picture-perfect Yorkshire countryside fifteen miles to the north of the ancient city of York, Castle Howard remains the private residence of the Howard family, and has been so for the past threehundred years. Construction of the stately home began in 1699 for the Earl of Carlisle on the site of a ruined castle. The building boasts an extravagant baroque design with a central dome and two symmetrical wings, and the estate is home to extensive parks and gardens as well as an arboretum. Several rooms are open to the public who wish to take a tour of the house. The rooms on display are also home to an extensive collection of priceless works of art collected by the family over the last century. Visitors may also take a look at the eighteenth century chapel in the house’s west wing, a splendid room decorated in the pre-Raphaelite style which Castle Howard is famous for. Much of the estate’s grounds are open to the public as well, and there are more than one-thousand acres to explore, complete with dramatic natural landscapes and splendid gardens dotted with pagodas, statues and fountains. The grounds of Castle Howard are open every day of the year except for Christmas Day, though the house itself is only open from late March until early November as well as for a week just before Christmas. An adult ticket for the house and grounds costs £14. CASTLE HOWARD, NORTH YORKSHIRE TM | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 40
THE HOME WADDESDON MANOR, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE WADDESDON MANOR, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE Perhaps not the best example of an English stately home due to the fact that it was built in the style of a French Neo-Renaissance château by the incredibly successful Rothschild Family in the late nineteenth century, Waddesdon Manor is nonetheless one of the most beautiful houses in the United Kingdom. With its extravagant façade, elaborate towers, conical roofs and formal gardens, this splendid residence also boasts an extensive collection of French period tapestries, antique furnishings and other works of art. Today, the property is owned by the National Trust. Waddesdon Manor is a short train ride away from London, making it a convenient day trip for anyone spending time in the city. Most of the house is open to the public who may explore several bedroom suites, numerous exhibition rooms and the main dining room where Baron Ferdinand used to entertain guests with great opulence until the early twentieth century. The estate’s lands come with a Rocco-style aviary, a large woodland playground area for children and many acres of landscaped grounds dotted with sculptures and fountains. Waddesdon Manor hosts weddings and corporate events. There are also several shops on the estate as well as a restaurant and café and the Five Arrows Hotel and restaurant at the gates to the estate. Adult tickets to enter the house and gardens (including the wine cellars and aviary) cost £18. The house is open most of the year round. 41 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 | TM