Castles, Palaces, and Historic Homes To Visit-2018
This is a great time to plan the Castles, Palaces and fabulous Historic Homes you wish to visit next year. I am seeing lots of great trips online. One of my favorite luxury lifestyle blogs is Habitually Chic and I love this historic home Heather Clawson recently visited.
Check it out here for the scoop.
“I’ve visited many historic homes around the world and I can honestly say this is one of the most beautiful inside and out. It’s no wonder that so many movies and television programs have been shot on the estate including Love Story, North by Northwest, Cruel Intentions, and Gossip Girl.” Heather Clawson.
This beautiful home has some inspiring walls, ceilings and fireplaces. I am definitely planning a visit.
Old Westbury House and Gardens – Westbury, New York
The over mantle mirror is fabulous. A beautiful combination putting ornamentation on the mirror.
Maison de la Reine , Versailles
Dior sponsored the three-year restoration of Maison de la Reine which opened to the public May 12, 2018. The Maison de la Reine formed the main house in a hamlet of 11 buildings, five of which were reserved for Marie-Antoinette and her guests. “She wanted it to resemble a rustic village in Normandy. It was to be somewhere that represented rural society, one that recognized the importance of the farming and agriculture trades for the economy.
“Nobody has set foot in the Maison de la Reine since 1848. It was closed to the public due to the fragile state of the buildings. It’s a miracle to have found the funding — thanks to the house of Dior — but also through such a wealth of human skills — thanks to French know-how — to be able to rediscover the original atmosphere of the site. To experience it just as Marie-Antoinette had imagined it, even if she only got to enjoy it for two or three years of her life,” said Catherine Pégard, president of the Château de Versailles.
In the newly restored Maison de la Reine, all of the objects and furniture — including the bed — hail from Empress Marie-Louise, Napoleon’s second wife and the grand-niece of Marie-Antoinette, who occupied the site between 1811 and 1813, explained Jérémie Benoît, head conservator at the Château de Versailles.
But the neo-classical décor was inspired by Marie-Antoinette’s taste. Rare objects include a clock in the yellow salon on its upper floor, made from marble centerpiece offered by King Charles IV of Spain to Napoleon.
Palacio dos Marquesa de Fronteira, Lisbon, Portugal
The Palace of the Marquesses of Fronteira was built in 1671 as a hunting pavilion to Dom João de Mascarenhas, 1st Marquis of Fronteira. The palace is the private residence of the Marquesses of Fronteira. In spite of being the current residence some of the rooms, the library and the garden are open to public visits. It is located near the Monsanto Forest Park and is available as a wedding venue.
The dining room is decorated with portraits representing some members of the Portuguese nobility, painted by artists such as Domingos António de Sequeira.
The house and the garden have glazed tiles representing different themes such as battles or monkeys playing trumpets.
Chateau de Chambord, Loire Valley
The Chateaux is about a 2-1/2 hour south by car and 1-1/2 hours by train outside Paris. It is an important tourist destination not only for the presence of the castle, but also for certain natural attractions (such as a wildlife reserve to hunt deer and a place frequented by fishermen, especially for carp fishing).
This castle was the inspiration for the beautiful castle of the Beast in 1991 Disney film, The Beauty and the Beast.
Chateau de Chambord was built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francis I. It is one of the most recognizable chateaux in the world because of its French Renaissance architecture. It was completed in 1547.