Commissioned by Edwin Lascelles with his father’s riches from across the seas in the West Indies, Harewood House is a grand example of the Treasure Houses that shot up around these Isles 250 years ago. It was completed in 1771 at the behest of principal architect John Carr and interior architect Robert Adam.
The highlights include the Georgian centrepiece in fuil view of the landscape by Capability Brown, furniture by the renowned Thomas Chippendale, examples of the mastery of Italian Renaissance artists and The Terrace Gallery, which hosts the contemporary art collection and maintains the House status as a deisgnated museum with its ever changing exhibition space.
It is also a great choice for a fresh air-filled day out where you can pretend to be in Pride and Prejudice – ‘Mr Darcy!’
Image credit: Leeds-List credit Simon Warner and Harewood House Trust.