Am so enjoying the olympics. The fab five women’s (girl’s) gymnastic team winning the gold medal and Michael Phelps breaking the record for the most gold medals of any athlete make this a historic olympics. I also love watching the aerial shots of London showing the amazing architecture. So to continue with my historic tour of Britain with Blenheim Palace.
Blenheim Palace is the finest baroque house in the UK. It is a monumental stately home situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England and one of the ten Treasure Houses of England. It is the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough.
A gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his famous victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.
Sir Winston Churchill was born in the Palace in 1874. On the Palace tour you can visit a permanent exhibition about him which is located next to his birth room.
The Great Hall is 67′ high with stone carvings by Grinling Gibbons.
The Saloon is also known as the State Dining Room and is now used by the family once a year on Christmas Day.
The magnificent paintings by Louis Laguerre.
The Long Library
I love it when there is an inspiration from the past that can be translated into our homes today. Check out the highlighted banister in the Long Library.
Beaux-Artes has a historic reproduction grille that would make a fabulous banister. We are working on a two story foyer that has a banister that we can transform with our Queen Ann Grille. Our grilles are available in 20 different finishes or can be custom painted.
Blenheim stands in a romantic park created by the famous landscape gardener ‘Capability’ Brown.
I just love boxwood gardens.
A closeup of the fountain.