Stately Homes for Photographers – Part Two

This is the second in a series of posts featuring what I think are wonderfully photogenic stately homes – all well worth a visit. Here are three more of my favourites heritage destinations, Montacute House, Sezincote House and the mansion at Tatton Park. I will provide details of more historic properties in later posts.

Montacute House – Somerset

Montacute House from Lawn

This magnificent historic house, in Montacute, Somerset, was built in the 16th century. Inside is a National Portrait Gallery exhibition featuring artwork from Elizabethan times.

Built around 1598, this beautiful late Elizabethan stately home takes its name from the pretty Somerset village of Montacute, through which visitors drive on the way to the house. It is a Grade 1 listed building and one of the finest houses to survive from this period. The east front is very grand – and was intended to be seen from the original approach to the property. Photograph this façade in its entirety from the beautifully manicured lawns, or capture details such as the large mullioned windows or the statues set into niches on the upper storeys.

Alternatively, photograph the house from the long driveway that leads to the west front –where you may choose a more symmetrical composition, including the avenue of trees and clipped yews. More photos can be found in the Montacute House gallery on my main website.

Montacute House has recently featured as a location in the BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall – for more information please see my post Wolf Hall.

Sezincote House – Gloucestershire

Sezincote House and Garden

Sezincote is a unique Indian style house, set in the quintessentially English countryside of the Cotswolds. It was built in 1810 and inspired the design of the more famous Brighton Pavilion.

Located in the pretty Cotswold countryside, near Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, the architecture of Sezincote House transports visitors thousands of miles to the Indian subcontinent. It was built in 1805 in a style inspired by the architecture of the Mughal Empire. Complete with minarettes and the typical, copper covered onion shaped dome, this Georgian stately home is stunning and offers many photographic opportunities.

There are several viewpoints from which you can capture images of the house – the one above shows the property reflected in the narrow, water lily filled canal. Further into the garden are steps that provide an elevated perspective, allowing you to take in the sweeping curve of the orangery.

Tatton Park – Cheshire

Tatton Park - Mansion and Italian Garden

The neoclassical mansion at Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, viewed from the Italian Garden.

Designed by Samuel Wyatt and built between the 1774 and 1816, the neo-classical mansion at Tatton Park is set in some of Britain’s finest gardens. Photograph it from the Italian Garden, taking in the formal bedding, fountain and large urn planted with seasonal flowers. Move to the east and frame the stately home with the branches of the fine oak trees that surround the house. In spring photograph the property from the west, also featuring the magnificent rhododendrons that line the path. Or get closer and capture details of the house, such as the giant pedimented portico with its supporting columns.

More photos can be found in the Tatton Park Mansion gallery on my main website.

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