Portraits, carvings and Pemberley: Sudbury Hall

Sudbury Hall will always be one of my favourite country houses to visit as it is so close to home (it is another lovely Derbyshire country house), so I have very vivid memories of visiting (including a school trip when I was five in which I fell in love with this 1920 portrait of Violet,…

Love on the Grand Tour

Long-lasting love stories weren’t common on the Grand Tour, but this is one which took place between Nostell Priory and Vevey, Switzerland.

How to celebrate a Royal Wedding, Stuart style…

It isn’t just in the modern era that royal weddings are so celebrated – when Princess Elizabeth Stuart married Frederick, Elector Palatine, on Valentine’s Day in 1613, it was a landmark occasion.