Besides Cathedrals and Abbeys and Gardens, one of our passions in England is the "Country Houses" -- those large estates (now open to the public) that have been in the same family for generations and generations.
It has been the home to the Lucy family since the 12th century. Their stories are told throughout the house by their portraits, the objects they collected from around the world and the design influence they had on their house and parkland. Mary Elizabeth Lucy remodeled the house in Victorian times.
The gardens include a croquet lawn (one of the first in England)
And a formal parterre garden
But what I liked most was . . . . .
the dining room which was all set up for a formal Victorian dinner party!
With carafes of wine on the table, candles to be lit and each place immaculately set.
A finger bowl, a wine, a sherry and a champagne glass, silver cutlery and beautiful pink china plates.
And after dinner, as was the custom . . .
Retired to the Billiards Room for cigar and whisky and "man talk".
It's Thursday and although the table is not at Linderhof nor at Blue Row, it is a lovely table which I would like to share with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.