Abram Booth, a Dutch envoy who visited in 1629, said – "Such a magnificent building and so splendidly furnished that it excels all royal residences."
Unfortunately you are only allowed to take photographs in the service wing and the nursery and coal gallery.
Audley's grandson, Thomas Howard, first Earl of Suffolk and Lord Treasurer to James I, rebuilt the house to accommodate the king who visited in 1614. Charles II bought the house from the third Earl in 1667 as a ready-made palace but it was already considered outdated. William III gave the house back to the Howards in 1701.
Over the next 100 years Capability Brown removed the remains of the formal landscape and Robert Adam was employed to build galleries behind the hall and create new reception rooms.
The final changes were made in 1820 by Robert Neville, the third Lord Braybrook. He wanted to make the house Jacobean again and moved the principal reception rooms back to the first floor. This is how the house remains today.
During World War II Audley End was occupied by the Polish section of the special operations executive. The house was purchased for the nation in 1948.
|Boilers for hot water in coal room.|
|Stairs to nursery floor.|
We didn't have time to look at everything and I'm definitely going back next year. The only thing that I didn't like was the fact that they still keep horses in the stable block and I don't like to see these beautiful animals shut into stalls where they can't even look out and see the world go past. Horses are meant to be kept outside and preferably without shoes on.
Fenella J Miller
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Christmas at Castle Elrick is a Regency fairy tale - Miss Verity Sanderson the beauty and Sir Ralph Elrick the beast. He was severely injured in the Napoleonic wars and has been brooding in his castle for years waiting for Verity to reach her majority and come to him. Her father had promised his daughter to Ralph in return for his financial support. Verity decides marriage to a wealthy stranger is preferable to remaining with her step-mother and half-sisters so sets off, the week before Christmas, to become his wife.
Castle Elrick is a cold, unwelcoming place situated on the bleak Northumbrian coast and Ralph and his small staff are not the only residents. Will Christmas be a celebration or will the ghosts of Castle Elrick force them apart?