Our countryside is positively bristling with stately homes offering great days out – and for lovers of dolls’ houses, there can be special treasures to find inside them. Definitely worth a mention are two houses from the National Trust’s extensive estate.
Wallington Hall in Northumberland boasts an entire room devoted to dolls’ houses. Taking pride of place in the collection is the truly impressive Hammond House. Named after Ruby Hammond, the little girl who once owned it, the house dates back to 1886 and boasts 36 beautifully decorated rooms in miniature complete with original furniture, wallpaper and carpets.
Another fine example of the art of the dolls’ house can be found atNostell Priory near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. Designed in the 1730s, the house presents an amazing picture of early 18th century country house life and all the furniture, decoration, china, glass, metalwork and textiles are accurate scaled-down versions of the real thing. It’s also thought that the house may have been made by a young Thomas Chippendale, the famous furniture maker.
Why don’t you share your own suggestions on dolls’ houses to be found in stately homes or indeed any other locations that would be worth a visit by fellow enthusiasts? It could make for a memorable day out now that summer is on its way.