1 March 2017

Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup

Many moons ago, I tripped Up North to spend a weekend with my favourite purple-hued American and her sweet boy (look, not all my friends are bloggers but the best ones definitely are or were, there's something about scribing on the internet that makes for interesting people) and feeding our dual-obsession for all things English history, we packed the car for a road trip to one of her favorite spots.

Before you roll your eyes and click off yet another post about a gorgeous stately home that features heavily in dream home pinterest boards, let me just say: Humbolt penguins, a man carrying a lion on his shoulder, flamingos and pygmy goats.

Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi
Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi
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There we go. That got your attention didn't it?

One of ten officially recognized 'Treasure Houses of England', Harwood House was designed by architects John Carr and Robert Adam, it was built between 1759 and 1771 for wealthy plantation owner Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood. The 1,000 acres of landscaping and gardens surrounding the majestic residence were designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.
 Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi
Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

Harewood House is still home to descendants of the Lascelles family who live in Downton Abbey style splendor, though hopefully with a little less intrigue. Funnily enough the ITV series 'Victoria' was filmed here for several months over 2015/2016 which was made all the more special by family connections to the crown - Queen Victoria was Great Grandmother to Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood. Personally owned pieces of the Queen's retinue at Harewood include a wonderful English School miniature of Queen Victoria replicating a Franz Xaver Winterhalter portrait, a writing set she owned, and a watercolour she herself painted.

Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi
Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

 In more modern times, Harewood House isn't just a beautiful Grade I listed Estate home ...


Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

...but a number of features in the grounds and courtyard have been listed as Grade I, II and II* in addition to as more than 100 acres of gardens, including a Himalayan garden and its stupa, an educational bird garden, an adventure playground and the historic All Saints Church with its alabaster tombs. 

Oh, and plays home to a raft of [genuine collective noun of water based] penguins.

Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi
Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

  We easily spent 3 hours just wandering through the grounds, cameras in hand.

Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

The Bird Garden at Harewood House has a collection of exotic species of birds, of which more than 30 are listed as vulnerable or endangered by the IUCN, including Humboldt penguins, Chilean flamingos, Duyvenbode's lories, snowy owls and macaws. Not bad for a corner of Yorkshire!

Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

To say the light was glorious that afternoon is an understatement.

Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

On our trip I really did discover a hidden gem in full autumnal glory.

Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi
Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

The extensive grounds include a lake, a sprawling vegetable garden, families picnicking, miniature follies, blog-addicted expats photographing, trees shading dappled pathways, games for bored kids and little pop-up cafe spots for hangry adults.

Oh, the tales these walls could tell.

Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

Every nook seemed to reveal another tale of family history.

Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

My only disappointment of the day? Not finding this sign until we were leaving.

Harewood House, West Yorkshire - March Travel Linkup Adventures of a London Kiwi

For a look inside this beautiful house, I'd highly recommend Dannielle's post - her photos, much like her hostessing skills, are exquisite. (And no, she didn't pay me to write that.)

{Pin me for later adventures!}


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