A Trea­sure for All Sea­sons

Victorian Homes - - Contents - By Amanda Har­ling

Be­sides be­ing a tra­di­tional fam­ily home, this his­toric trea­sure also houses a cook­ing school and hosts wed­ding par­ties.

As the chate­laine of Carl­ton Tow­ers, one of York­shire’s largest stately homes, Lady Ger­ald Fitza­lan Howard might be for­given if she found the prospect of dec­o­rat­ing the en­tire house a tri­fle daunt­ing.

“At the last count we found there were 170 rooms, but the fam­ily lives in the south wing so that’s the part I con­cen­trate on,” says Lady Ger­ald, or Emma as she prefers. The east wing, which dates from the 19th cen­tury and was built by one of Ger­ald’s fore­bears, has an en­filade of splen­did, or­nately dec­o­rated state rooms. It’s a much sought after year-round venue for wed­dings and cel­e­bra­tions—in fact, Ger­ald held her own wed­ding re­cep­tion here one snowy day 26 years ago. It was the perfect set­ting, even in De­cem­ber.

BE­SIDES BE­ING A TRA­DI­TIONAL FAM­ILY HOME, THIS HIS­TORIC TREA­SURE ALSO HOUSES A COOK­ING SCHOOL AND HOSTS WED­DING PAR­TIES.

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