Croome Court has everything but the kitchen sink. From Georgian mega-wealth to World War II canteens to Hare Krishnas to boys’ schools to bats … it’s like a giant example of ‘make do and mend’ — nothing in this estate has gone to waste.
The medieval church was pulled down, moved, and redesigned to suit the modern (for the mid-eighteenth century) tastes of the mega-wealthy Earl of Coventry and his friend Capability Brown (interior by Robert Adam).
Pan looks over the ‘natural’ landscape. (This natural landscape was created entirely by design. Not sure how to call that natural, but leave it be, leave it be…)
The lake, which was dug out by hand, for a truly natural look. Across the lake you can see an urn raised in honor of the 1788 visit of George III. (Seen more clearly in watery reflection than in the air.)
Inside the house, very little furniture, but a loving and detailed effort to restore the house to its days of glory. This is the Long Hall. The Tapestry Tea Room was closed during our visit, but it smelled delicious. The upstairs is inaccessible due to beetles; the basement has interesting bits of servants’ history along with slightly sad rows of old school cubbies.
The Rotunda sits half a mile from the house. The Earl used to entertain guests here with banquets. Pity the poor servants who had to haul up burgers with all the fixin’s (or the eighteenth century equivalents) all that way.We hit every spot on the visitors’ map … every spot but the Park Seat, with its commanding view over the grounds, that is. See it, waaaaay over there? No? Right under the arrow. Yeah, after walking five or six miles around the estate, I decided a zoom lens view was going to be close enough.
Here are things about Croome which I found amazing and don’t plan to tell you about — just because I’m mean that way:
Did you know one of the beautiful Gunning sisters married the Earl of Coventry and lived HERE at Croome? (Regency Romance fans UNITE!)
Did you know the SECRET WEAPON that WON THE WAR was developed here at RAF Defford?
Did you know Neo-Palladian is one of my FAVORITE WORDS?
Did you know Croome Court has the largest collection of Coade Stone in the country?
Did you know there is an annual Hare Krishna festival at Croome?
Well, I’m swamped with trying to get through photos from other days out, so I’ll leave you to seek and find information about those tidbits on your own, if you like.