The definition of a quintessential English Country House or Stately Home is a grand house or mansion surrounded by huge grounds and open countryside. Often in the past, the full-time home of the Landed Gentry, the elite and rich folk who ruled over rural Britain until 1832 when the Reform Act came into force. These homes often employed hundreds of local residents who worked as members of staff for the Family, both inside and outside the property, cleaning and cooking as well as tending the magnificent grounds.
These beautiful, stylish and elegant homes were furnished with lavish tapestries, sparkling chandeliers and of course, classic, vintage style furniture with the centrepiece being a traditional Vintage Style Sofa. These stunning pieces of furniture really added the grace and style of ambience that the Country Gent, his faithful wife and young family appreciated and loved. Hand-crafted Wooden coffee tables, bedecked with crystal lamps, alongside magnificent dining tables large enough to seat at least ten people and vintage chairs to match.
Palaces are considered the grandest of Country Homes and were built and designed to show off their owners great wealth, power and influence. The rich landowners, masters of the Country Home and estate often enjoyed outdoor sports such as hunting, and their influential wives enjoyed holding magnificent parties where they could entertain all their rich and important friends. Showing off their incredible gardens and homes filled to the brim with their expensive, bespoke vintage furniture.