Friday 14th June 2019
£22.00 English Heritage
The original Palace can be traced back to the 14th Century, when it was used as a royal residence until the 16th Century. The present house was built in the 1930’s, by Stephen Courtauld (a member of the famous textile family), but incorporates elements of the original medieval building, particularly the Great Hall, into the design. Internally large parts of the new house were built in an Art Deco style, including many of the bedrooms which reflect the ‘Cunard style’ made popular by the fashionable cruise liners of the time. Perhaps the most exotic room is Virginia Courtauld’s vaulted Art Deco bathroom, lined with gold mosaic and onyx, complete with gold-plated bath taps and a statue of the goddess Psyche. The Palace is set in 19 acres of gardens and there will be time to wander around the Rock Garden with its series of pools and cascades running down to the moat, and smell the roses in the sunken rose garden. There is an onsite cafe offering a range of food and drink.