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Whoever said life is different from movies did not see this couple living it!
Razvan and Gabriela Vasile , a couple from Transylvania, Romania has made their castle that looks nothing less than one seen in a fairytale.
They both are singers by profession, and looks like their love for art did not end there, as they have also built a castle out of 100% organic materials — straw, clay, wooden pillars, sand, and stones that looks like Perfection...[click headline for more]
Duke’s is including a selection of William De Morgan tiles in its upcoming July ceramics and glass sale.
Born into an intellectual family of French descent, De Morgan is one of the most important ceramic artists of the Arts and Crafts movement. He attended the Royal Academy school where he was surrounded by the most influential and creative figures of the period. His collaboration with William Morris and introduction to painter Edward Burne-Jones encouraged him to advance his experimentation within tile production, where he soon began to design his own...[click headline for more]
Throughout the late medieval period, books were an integral part of religious monastic life, and yet such objects have received little attention from an analytical archaeological perspective, despite the significant quantity of metal book fittings...
If every home tells a story, then Knole House is a tome. By any measure one of the five largest houses in England, this country estate in Sevenoaks in west Kent has seen six centuries of British history, and the reigns of some 30 monarchs. Knole House has been the backdrop for all the ups and downs of the English aristocracy and for the lives of the countless tradesmen, butlers, maids, cooks, and footmen who kept dwellings like it running...[click headline for more]
When cotton gin magnate Robert Munger set out to build an upscale neighborhood in Dallas in the early 1900s, he was particular. Homes had to cost at least $10,000 to build, be made of brick or masonry and stand at least two stories high...[click headline for more]
Liar, liar, robes on fire! Medieval monks lied about the history of Glastonbury Abbey to boost donations to the church’s coffers, according to a new study. Although Glastonbury monks claimed they’d located King Arthur’s grave in 1181, a four-year study by a team of 31 archaeologists revealed that the supposed burial site is just a pit filled with rubble.
“The monks needed to raise money by increasing the numbers of visiting pilgrims — and that meant keeping the myths and legends alive,” the study’s lead researcher, Roberta Gilchrist, said in a press release.''[click headline for more]
Plans for major transformation of the historic Ipswich brewery, Tolly Cobbold, have divided opinion as they await a planning committee in the new year. The Grade II Listed Building on the waterfront dates back to 1896 but has been derelict since 2002 when it was bought by Ridley’s of Essex.
An outline planning application has been lodged with Ipswich Borough Council proposing cafes, restaurant, business start-ups, an auditorium, and a conference space, as well as other parts of the site being turned into a health club and 222 residential units...[click headline for more]
Medieval medical care may have shortened life rather than extended it, but Beaune, France’s Hotel-Dieu offered a beautiful and comfortable place to die. Without the knowledge and resources to cure most diseases, the nuns were lavish with physical comforts. The extravagant religious art offered solace for souls ready to move into the next life.
Hotel-Dieu, built in 1443, was designed by the Flemish architect Jacques Wiscrère and consists of a pair of two-story buildings set around a stone courtyard...[click headline for more]
The biggest house on the block, the gray sandstone edifice catches the eye with its Gothic arched windows, peaked dormers, and turrets. It’s easy to imagine lords and ladies arriving to the fanfare of trumpets.
In fact, the BU Castle has long been a stately gathering place. Its Great Hall and elegant side rooms host weddings, reunions, luncheons, and other functions—at least one event daily. And of course, tucked around back is the BU Pub, where Terriers convene to eat, socialize, and mayhap embark upon a beery Knights’ Quest. It’s the University community’s formal parlor and laid-back den, all in one building at the heart of campus...[click headline for more]
As the Old Grammar School building in Earby is readied for a new lease of life this weekend, the Barnoldswick and Earby Times has taken a peek into its past with the help of the Earby and District Local History Society.
Owned and run by The Robert Windle Foundation Trust, the 17th century building in School Lane continues to be held in high regard by local people having provided education to the people of the ancient parish of Thornton-in-Craven for over 400 years....[click headline for more]
The Christmas period, while joyous and festive, can be fraught with planning frustration. For some, a hotel stay just doesn’t provide the same sense of home, where cooks like to don an apron and baste the turkey while sipping an aperitif. Some households find it difficult to accommodate everyone for extended family gatherings. Others want to escape the mayhem. From cosy hideaways to historic castles, here are a few options for Christmas 2015...[click headline for more]
1) Situated on the Jutland peninsula, Denmark’s second largest city is an interesting mix of cosmopolitan and quaint. With one of the youngest populations in Europe, Aarhus’ vast amount of university students makes it a perfect destination for 20-somethings to explore. Discover the city on foot and head to the Tivoli Friheden amusement park. In June, hit up North Side Festival, a three-day festival covering big names in music across all genres. Slightly harder to get to, Aarhus can be reached by a variety of discount airlines servicing nearby Billund Airport...[click headline for complete story]
When Thomas Sutton died in 1611 at the ripe age of 79, he was the richest commoner in England - his fortune made in the modern style from money-lending and property. But he was also a pious and philanthropic man, who bequeathed much of his wealth to the endowment of a boys’ school and almshouses for impoverished elderly gentlemen “with good testimonye and certificate of theire good behaviour and soundnes in religion", to be housed in his substantial Tudor mansion, attached to a defunct monastery hard by the Barbican, just outside the City of London’s boundaries...[click headline for more]
Tamworth Borough Council commissioned Wessex Archaeology to explore the site of the Corporation Street car park before the land is built upon as part of the redevelopment and restoration of Tamworth Assembly Rooms.
Initially it appeared the dig would be over very quickly with no significant finds, but heavy rain on the final day revealed a darker area of earth which archaeologists believe may indicate some form of pit. Three small pieces of pottery have so far been found at the edge of the pit and these will be sent for further analysis. The find means the dig is now continuing in an attempt to uncover the pit and its possible contents... [click headline for more]
The Victorian market is far from dead and buried. Last week, Christie's scored a record for Lord Leighton when his dashing take on music and romance, Golden Hours - 100 years with a branch of the Glyndebourne Christie family - sold for a record £3.3m at Christie’s, albeit at the low end of the pre-sale estimate. There was somewhat more competition, more of an auction one might say, at Gorringes in Sussex when a composition of a young girl intently scrutinising arrangements of flowers by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Charles Allston Collins turned up...[click headline for more]
The ambitious new owners of historic Nunsmere Hall Hotel have promised 'significant investment’ as they look to breathe fresh life into one of Cheshire’s most celebrated manor houses.
A £5.35m purchase of the picturesque property was today completed by Highwater Estates, a family-run company that also owns nearby Peckforton Castle.
It comes after Nunsmere Hall’s previous owners, Prima Hotels, went into administration in May, resulting in the sale of three of their other properties in England - The Stanneylands Hotel, in Wilmslow, Cheshire, Hellaby Hall Hotel, in Rotherham, South Yorks, and The Quorn Country Hotel in Leicestershire...[click headline for more]
Neighbours living near Samlesbury Hall say they fear a new development plan will turn it into a “mini Centre Parcs”.
Trustees at the 700-year-old Grade I listed building, have applied for permission to install 28 ‘shepherd huts’, a tree house and build an extended play area featuring a mini hall and a wooden Mayflower ship.
They say the development is key to generating additional revenue to sustain the Hall, but neighbours have expressed concerns over the suitability....[click headline for more]
Decorated for the holidays, the Charles T. Fisher mansion opened its door for a rare tour inside. The 1922 English Tudor-style mansion was built for Charles and Sarah Fisher by architect George D. Mason. Mason also designed the Ransom Gillis House, the Belle Isle Aqurium and Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel.
The house on W. Boston Blvd. is the largest home in the historic Boston-Edison district with 15,000-square-feet, making it 18,000 with the carriage house...[click headline for more]
Half-timbering is a distinctive architectural style in northern and western Europe. It can also be found in some parts of America, such as Leavenworth, Washington. American Architecture: An Illustrated Encyclopedia defines half-timbered construction as follows:
A term descriptive of a type of timber-framed construction in which all supporting and bracing members consist of heavy timbers. In colonial America the space between the structural framing of the walls had an infilling of brick, mud plaster, nogging, or wattle-and-daub to provide additional rigidity and improved thermal insulation; usually the structural timbers of the exterior walls were exposed...[click headline for more]
‘Le Opere Da Non Perdere’, reads a link on the Museo di Castelvecchio website. And if you click through, a gallery displays images of 20 works that must not to be missed on a visit to the museum in Verona. Except six of these highlights can no longer be accounted for. They were among the 17 paintings stolen from Castelvecchio on the evening of 19 November, making for a bleak roll-call of losses..[click headline for more...]
If you are counting down to a special occasion, hiring a large holiday home is a great way to bring your loved onesto share in the fun, scenery and special memories. It's hard to imagine a more beautiful country setting than the rolling farmland surrounding of Cadhay, and with the capacity to sleep 22, there's certainly lots of scope for a party.
Cadhay is a mile from Ottery St Mary, and is one of Simon Jenkins' 'England's Thousand Best Houses', shortlisted by Country Life for the 'finest manor house' award....[click headline for more]
An entire wing of the 16th century country mansion which inspired the famous hoity-toity Mr Toad character in Wind In The Willows is up for rent. But you'll need deep pockets because it will cost you £5,000 a month.
Hardwick House and its surrounding estate in scenic Whitchurch-on-Thames was purchased in the late 1800s by Sir Charles Rose, a banker, MP and larger-than-life public figure. He and his wife were well connected in the arts and literary world and Kenneth Grahame visited the house regularly, basing his book Wind In The Willows at Hardwick, with influences from other Thames-side houses...[click headline for more]
The turf house project was coordinated by the University of Groningen and is part of the PhD research carried out by Daniël Postma on building traditions in coastal areas of the Northern Netherlands.
Postma also published his book, Het zodenhuis van Firdgum – Middeleeuwse boerderijbouw in het Friese kustgebied tussen 400 en 1300, which details the design and construction process of the turf house and presents an entirely original perspective on the architectural development of the Northern Netherlands farmhouse...[click headline for more]
This weekend, the Junior League of Detroit will offer a "sneak peek" of Designers' Show House 2016. As many as 30 area designers help to create the biennial Show Houses, spending months overhauling old homes and restoring them to glory. Tours of the houses then benefit the Junior League's charity efforts. This weekend, visitors can see the home pre-makeover and gauge its potential. Which is huge—the house has amazing bones as our vast collection of Curbed exclusive photos shows.
The 2016 Show House is a 1927 Tudor designed by Benjamin and Straight for Packard vice president Colonel Jesse G. Vincent. The Grosse Pointe Park house has 5,256 square feet and its 1920s lake house amenities include a canal from Lake St. Clair leading directly to a private dry dock...[click headline for more]
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