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Harewood House, Leeds

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Harewood House, Leeds

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Harewood House, Leeds

Few stately homes come statelier than Yorkshire’s Harewood House, situated halfway between Leeds and Harrogate on the A61. Built between 1758 and 1772 for the Lascelles family, it is a handsome pile that is as famous for its 1000-acre park, designed by Capability Brown, as it is for the wealth of treasures within.

The interiors are by Robert Adam, much of the furniture is Chippendale, and the place is hung with paintings by its contemporaries Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough, as well as with works of the Italian Renaissance by such Old Masters as Titian, Veronese and Giovanni Bellini. Turner painted views of the House from every point of the compass, and these are all here too.

Family seat of successive Earls of Harewood, the House is open to the public throughout most of the year. There may be an open-air concert or a car rally going on, but it’s very much the sort of place that’s worth a visit all for itself.


Your comments

It is a wonderful historic House with beautiful grounds and gardens. Completed in 1772, with furniture by Thomas Chippendale, and landscapes by Capability Brown, it provides an insight into historic houses.

Lisa Bickerton



My nomination is the garden shed.