Hi Everyone! I hope you are all staying sane? Thank goodness for the sunshine we've been having, it always makes everything seem better! This time last year, when the world we a bit more normal I was enjoying the sunshine at the Historic Anglesey Abbey.
I never bore of wondering around stately homes + their well manicured gardens, I always find them to be such peaceful places where you really can switch off, take in the surroundings + history. From a design point of view they are also so inspirational, the architecture, layouts, furniture + materials.
The history of Anglesey Abbey is pretty interesting as it has never actually been an abbey. It started out as a hospital in 1135 + by the early 13th Century had been converted into an Augustinian priory, until it was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1536. The ruined remains of the priory formed the core of the present house, which was built in the early 17th century. In the following three centuries, the estate went through many different hands.
Lord Fairhaven lived at Anglesey Abbey from 1926 until his death in 1966. During this time he created a comfortable country home which holds an eclectic collection of antiquities dating from the early Tudor period through to the 1960s. What he has left behind is a time capsule of different decades with modern fridges sitting comfortably against victorian pots + pans.
I loved the marble bathrooms he had installed with the chunky chrome taps. The kitchen had all the elements of a modern one but with all the character of original mod cons, I even have the same bush radio! Apart from the architecture most of the interiors are more recent with the fabrics used in the bed rooms and upholstery