Despite its grandeur, it's a relatively junior house to some of its brothers and sisters being an 18th century addition to a very ancient landscape where 4000 years ago, we know people lived on this land.
|Restored Chippendale State bed|
|One side of the gallery. The red window drapes (in the distance) are made of wood|
|A Macaw in the bird garden|
The Lascelles were a French family and there is a town of Laselle in Normandy from whence they came. The past can't be changed, but the wealth of the family then came from slavery and its associated trades. The landscape is by Capability Brown and among others, Chippendale and Adam effectively created Harewood and today houses the biggest single collection of Chippendale furniture.
|A range in the below stairs kitchen|
The house has a massive parkland and estate, a bird garden for visitors, a cafe and access to the whole house, upstairs with their wonderful state rooms, downstairs and gardens are open most of the summer months. Volunteer guides are on hand to explain the history and we found them warm, welcoming and knowledgeable.
|Just one angle of a beautiful landscape|
The weather was wonderful, particularly after we'd had a wash out on the Sunday and the traffic was manageable. A great day out.