Georgian features in our houses

Georgian style at a glance

  • Roman-inspired elements such as niches and alcoves
  • Use of the three Classical columns – Corinthian, Ionic and Doric.
  • Stonework, ironwork and marble with shield and urn motifs and carved statuary depicting Roman gods and goddesses.
  • Classical figures, shown in profile, and used on plasterwork, vases and urns
  • Motifs such as swags, ribbons, garlands, husks and the Greek key pattern
  • Real and imaginary animal figures such as dolphins, sphinxes, griffins and satyrs, often forming bases or handles of objects.
  • Pastel colour schemes, especially pea-green, mauve and pink

Follow the Georgian style trail

Keen to see this style in action? You can absorb the atmosphere of Georgian style at the following places:

 

    Basildon Park, Berkshire

    A Palladian villa built by John Carr of York, Basildon’s Neo-classical interiors are in the fashionable Adam style. The rooms include spectacular plasterwork ceilings and classically-inspired furnishings such as pier-glasses, candle-stands and tables.

    Berrington Hall, Herefordshire

    The work of architect, Henry Holland, set in parkland designed by his father-in-law, ‘Capability’ Brown, Berrington shows a mastery of the French Neo-classical style. The Hall contains some of Holland’s most beautiful decorated ceilings and a spectacular staircase and domed skylight.

    Castle Coole, Northern Ireland

    The finest Neo-classical country house in Ireland, built by James Wyatt, a rival to Robert Adam. It contains superb plasterwork by Joseph Rose, scagliola by Domenico Bartoli, and carved chimneypieces by Richard Westmacott. The mahogany hall chairs, by Wyatt, are among the best examples of Irish Neo-classical furniture.

    Clandon Park, Surrey

    Built by Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni in 1730, Clandon is one of the UK’s most complete examples of a Palladian-inspired mansion and looks as if it would be more at home in Venice or Florence than in the English countryside. It contains a superb collection of 18th century furniture, porcelain, carpets and  textiles.

    Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

    For many, this is Adam’s greatest masterpiece, designed for Nathaniel Curzon to celebrate his fascination with classical Rome. The most complete and least-altered sequence of Adam’s interiors in England, they include the spectacular Marble Hall, inspired by the open courtyard of an Italian villa, and the Saloon, which pays homage to the Pantheon in Rome.

    Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion

    A rare example of an 18th century self-sufficient gentleman's estate, with elegant rooms and plasterwork, it was designed in 1790 by John Nash and is one of the most complete examples of his work.

    Nostell Priory, Yorkshire

    Another showcase to the decorative genius of Robert Adam, it also includes some of the finest furniture by Britain’s greatest cabinetmaker, Thomas Chippendale. The house contains some of the largest paintings undertaken by Antonio Zucchi who worked with Adam on many of his commissions.

    Osterley Park, Middlesex

    This is one of the great showpieces of Robert Adam who transformed it in 1761 into a fashionable villa for the Child family. It retains Adam’s Neo-classical interiors, his Etruscan style dressing room, and the furniture he designed including the magnificent State Bed based on the Temple of Venus.

    Peckover House, Cambridgeshire

    A classic Georgian house, owned by a Quaker merchant and his family, the style is simple yet elegant. The rooms include original Rococo plasterwork, Sheraton furniture and fine Georgian fireplaces. The house is surrounded by a charming garden complete with orangery and summerhouses.

    Saltram, Devon

    Designed in Palladian style in the 1740s, Robert Adam was later called in to produce a suite of Neo-classical rooms. He designed everything from huge plasterwork ceilings to ornate door handles and, with no expense spared, the results are spectacular, especially the Saloon with its 46 foot long Axminster carpet and four great pier glasses.

    Wordsworth House, Cumbria

    Step back to the 1770s and experience life as William and his sister Dorothy might have lived. Explore hands-on rooms with books and children’s toys, see the maid at work in the Georgian kitchen and listen to music from the harpsichord.