Country Houses of the Cotswolds

Country Houses of the Cotswolds:
from the archives of Country Life
by Nicholas Mander

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ISBN: 1845133315
Hardback
Aurum Press Ltd
£25.00

The Cotswolds, the ridge of limestone hills that runs for fifty miles, from Chipping Campden in the north to Bath in the south, are England's largest designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The region's lovely, unspoilt countryside, together with its unrivalled heritage of vernacular architecture, based on its versatile honey-coloured limestone, and the proximity of Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon make it England's most important tourist destination outside London.

For over a hundred years, Country Life magazine has published a weekly article devoted to a country house, including scores of examples from the Cotswolds. Superbly illustrated with specially commissioned photographs, they form an unrivalled archive - a unique repository of architectural history. Drawing on this remarkable resource, Nicholas Mander has selected 200 photographs to illustrate his fascinating survey of the Cotswold house through the ages.

Over thirty houses, grouped by period and style, reveal the historical and architectural importance of the Cotswolds. Divided into three main sections, the book looks first at the sublime castles, such as Sudeley Castle with its royal connections spanning a thousand years, and magnificent examples of early manor houses, such as Owlpen Manor, Daneway House and Snowshill Manor, as well as important Jacobean houses, such as Stanway and Chastleton House.

The second part focuses on the great Classical country houses and noblemen's palaces of the eighteenth century, like Badminton House and Dyrham Park.

Finally, the third part surveys the twentieth century and beyond, documenting the work of leading practitioners of the Arts and Crafts movement, including Ernest Barnsley's Rodmarton Manor and William Morris's Kelmscott - superb embodiments of the Arts and Crafts ideal.

Also published in the United States of America by Rizzoli as:

The Cotswold House:
Stone Houses and Interiors from the English Countryside
Written by Nicholas Mander
Pub Date: March 24 2009
Format: Hardcover
Category: House & Home - Decorating
US Price: $50.00
CAN Price: $57.50
ISBN: 978-0-8478-3180-7 (0-8478-3180-9)
Publisher: Rizzoli
Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11-1/4

About this book
Featuring exceptional photographs from Country Life, the renowned magazine of English country living, The Cotswold House profiles over fifty of the region’s signature stone houses. The region is the second most popular destination in Britain for Americans, and these stone houses have inspired American residential architecture and landscaping for generations, making this book a must-have for anyone interested in architecture and interiors. The book spans centuries of stone masterpieces.

The first section focuses on the earliest medieval houses, such as Sudeley, and manor houses, such as Owlpen and Snowshill, as well as important Jacobean homes. The second section looks at the classic country houses, like Badminton and Dyrham Park, while the third documents stone houses up to the present, including Arts and Crafts masterpieces like Ernest Barnsley’s Rodmarton Manor and William Morris’s Kelmscott. Also included are notable recent additions such as Rosemary Verey’s Barnsley House and the "New Classicism" houses of Quinlan Terry.

Praise
"This book on traditional stone houses of the English countryside may remind some of you why you became a builder or architect in the first place. The castles, manor houses, and other dwellings featured are a study in graceful proportioning and the use of sturdy materials. They look like they could easily last 1,000 years--and some of them have." ~CustomHomeOnline.com

About the Author
Nicholas Mander is a Cotswolds native and has long been involved with historic preservation of the region.

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Review by John Hudson in The Western Daily Press, May 2009

Sir Nicholas Mander spoke to scores of friends and fellow country house owners to compile Country Houses of the Cotswolds (Aurum Press, £25). He also drew upon some 200 photographs published in Country Life over the past century – a unique repository of architectural history.

The result is a splendid coffee-table book in which more than 30 houses, grouped by period and style, reveal the historical and architectural importance of the Cotswolds. They range from sublime castles such as Sudeley to early manor houses, among them Owlpen Manor, Daneway House and Snowshill Manor, and then there are the important Jacobean manors, including Stanway and Chastleton.

The second part of the book focuses on the great classical country houses and noblemen's palaces of the 18th century, notably Badminton House and Dyrham Park. And the third section surveys the 20th century and beyond, not least such Arts and Crafts showpieces as Ernest Barnsley's Rodmarton Manor and William Morris's Kelmscott.

What all these houses have in common is an ambience and presence that make them unforgettable to all who know them.