Castle Howard - near York, North Yorkshire, England. The private residence of the Carlisle branch of the Howard family for more than 300 years, construction of Castle Howard took over 100 years to complete beginning in 1699. The 3rd Earl of Carlisle enlisted the help of his friend, dramatist John Vanbrugh, who never having built anything before, recruited Nicholas Hawksmoor to assist him in the practical side of design and construction.

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Sarah Howard said: 'The fact the house looks like it has always been there is one of the best compliments.' Pictured: Mrs Howard posing outside her home

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Rows of apple trees lead to the entrance of Easton Neston, Northamptonshire, the 1702 masterpiece by Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661-1736), an ingenious, inventive architect who also had a hand in Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard. From its stone lions marching along the roofline to its wildly attenuated windows, the ashlar building represents the domestic high point of the English Baroque, a flamboyant style that flowered briefly before Palladian stateliness became prominent.

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Howard Finster and Minnie Adkins folk art displayed on repurposed vintage wooden ski shelves

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Temple of the Four Winds, Castle Howard, North Yorkshire England, Designed by Vanburgh, the architect for the main Castle Howard House. The Temple was completed in 1739

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Offenbach House. - Modern conversion and extension. (Rear view from garden) - patio glass extension lean-to terracotta

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Longleat is an English country house, currently the seat of the Marquesses of Bath, adjacent to the village of Horningsham and near the towns of Warminster in Wiltshire and Frome in Somerset.

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