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Dunham Massey Hall, Altrincham, Greater Manchester An early Georgian house, Dunham Massey was extensively reworked in the early years of the 20th century. The result is one of Britain’s most sumptuous Edwardian interiors, housing exceptional collections of 18th-century walnut furniture, paintings and Huguenot silver, as well as extensive servants’ quarters.

Loving the leather

Leather screen decorated with scenes derived from Coromandel lacquer, Blickling Hall, Norfolk. © National Trust Collections. Leather screens date from early 18thC. After c.1740 lacquer & leather screens were increasingly replaced by screens covered with decorative paper or wallpaper. Leather screens were made from calf or goat skin, smoothed, covered in silver leaf, which was then burnished & coated with transparent yellow japanning. The design was painted on top in oil paints then…

Trentingham Manor was inspired by The Vyne, a National Trust property in Hampshire (which I relocated to sit on the banks of the Thames). Built in the early 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain, the house acquired a classical portico in the mid–17th century (the first of its kind in England) and contains a grand Palladian staircase, a wealth of old paneling and fine furniture, and a fascinating Tudor chapel with Renaissance glass. It's open April through October.