Castle Howard isn’t really a castle, but most stately homes were called castles if they were built after the castle-building period. It’s certainly impressive enough. It’s part of a group of stately homes called the “Treasure houses” which Chatsworth is also a part of. A lot of the house was damaged by a fire in 1940, including the prominent dome, but most of it was rebuilt and restored over the years. The dome was rebuilt and the painting that had adorned it previously was re-done as well. The Howard family (who have called Castle Howard home for over 300 years) still live there today and you can find family pictures dotted around the rooms. Just outside Castle Howard is an impressive fountain that is a pretty good opportunity for pictures, and if you look back, gives you the best view of the house. Inevitable face when I ask Adam to pose for 20 pictures.There is a walled garden just on your way in from the ticket office, and it’s a little like stepping into a secret garden as the entrance door is in a stone wall and you can’t see over. There are ton’s of walking paths around the grounds, and on the outside of the gardens is the Temple of the four winds, which affords you panoramic views of the countryside. Nearby the temple there is an entrance for a woodland walk, which leads you to the large formal gardens. There’s something new around every corner the way the gardens are laid out, and you can easily spend a few hours wandering around. A lot of people I’ve noticed who visit country houses, visit the house and don’t tend to pay to much attention to the surrounding gardens. I think sometimes they can be the most fun to explore.
I always tend to focus on the insides of stately homes and castles when possible, so today I’m going to give you glimpses of the outside of Castle Howard. It is probably most famed for it’s backdrop in the movies Brideshead and Brideshead revisited, but the castle itself has had a long history.
Do you spend time going around the grounds when you visit places?