This is a photo of Selly House in Birmingham, which is in the West Midlands area of the UK. Apparently, it's one of the oldest houses in Birmingham. Just right for a baron's manse, don't you think?
I found this gorgeous old pile in Suffolk, but the architecture is too modern. It's a Victorian impression of a Jacobean manor. Too fussy for what I need, but still a beautiful home. It's called Somerleyton Hall. So I'm still looking for a place for my heroine to call home. BTW, that's not me in the photo. I just found this online at a great site called Pictures of England.
Have you tried looking up Calendars? I know that sounds stupid, but Calendars are categorized and they have just about every sort of home in them. Everything from old manors to castles, etc... They often print the facts about the home, such as year built and location. Just an idea. Good luck!
Oh I'd take either!
I agree with the calendar suggestion. A friend of mine sent me one from England a couple of years ago with some awesome houses. I wonder if I still have it.
How about that?
Go to english-heritage.org.uk and click on properties. You can search by place, or by type of property.
Or you can tell me what sort of a place you're looking for and I can wrack my brains?
I know Selly House! It's not far from me!
Thanks for the ideas, y'all -- and for the great link, Anna! I'll keep looking. She's the daughter of an earl and the title is old, so the home is old as well.
Nell, you're so lucky. I'd love to go visit this place. Actually, though, now that I think about it, it might be a touch small. Oh well. At least I've got something in my head now.
Thanks for the link ideas - I LOVE old houses, use them for setting inspiration quite a bit.
I’d be happy to move right in to either of those little cottages. LOL These pics remind me of the time we visited the stately old mansions in Providence RI. One actually had ornately carved solid gold door hinges throughout. I can’t even begin to fathom that kind of wealth.
I wanted to let you know, Sela, that I have all the results from my pseudonym blog and character name blog posted and you’re profiled there along with the other participants. It’s a long post but lots of fun, and readers are enjoying it from what they’ve said in their e-mails. Take a peek when you get a chance. ;-)
And - you've been tagged, to commit a Random Act of Kindness. Pass it on!
Ooh, Sela - I know Somerleyton Hall! It has a fabulous maze. However, last time we visited (admittedly when Chris was very small - so that'd be abou 7 years back) I found the house itself very dark, plus it smelled of mould.
Try googling Blickling Hall (this is a National Trust property) - is seriously gorgeous. Or Oxburgh Hall(which is older, again an NT properly). And I'm with Anna. Email me with details of the period/size, and I'll have a think about places...