A Treasure for All Seasons
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.