My name is Cynthia and I love interior design, architecture, antiques, all things vintage, all things British (a tried and true Anglophile), a love of things that are time worn and hold secrets of days gone by. I love animals and try to respect their place in our world. I enjoying talking about the most beautiful places in the world, some exotic, some in our own neck of the woods. I love family and friends, music and movies. And most importantly, I love talking about these things with a daily dose of humor because I love to laugh and we all deserve to. So come on...let's go for a stroll.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's All About Location...English and French Country Houses



While surfing the internet, perusing blogs and websites devoted to all things old and must, crusty and dusty, I found this wonderful site, JJ Locations, that provides locations for film, photography, fashion and commercial shoots.  I could easily waste a day looking at each and every house...but as always, was drawn to the old houses of England, with a few from France thrown in for good measure...you Francophiles need love too!  So I decided to feature a few of my favorites.  I know the maintenance on these homes must be incredible...but a girl can dream...I just want to check in for a month or two..in May or June...with my dogs and my laptop...and an Aston Martin to get me to and from.  Enjoy...

Old brick, slate roof...old shutters...perfect

Do you really need more than a nice swing on a  grassy  country path on a spring afternoon? Nope

That's the kind of "green" money cannot buy - it takes time and age 

This would make for a beautiful walk each day

Don't you always wonder what's behind a door like this?

So "Price and Prejudice" - what's not to love?

What a lawn...



So lovely --- snow and an old farm...

I could easily hang out right there...

Overgrown, neglected....and wonderful

Interior view of one location in England -- the  natural light in this hall is nice

Beautiful Meadow - this could actually make me skip:)

Another beautiful farm

This photograph appears to have been taken in the spring time  -- perfect time to explore England

How many horses have trotted along this path? across this wooden bridge over time?

More snow - beautiful - this is near Scotland

How incredible is this staircase? And all that muted white and gray?

Probably someone's weekend estate -- I would settle for just one weekend

Same house...this reminds me of the film "The Duchess"

Peaceful Perfection

Let's have a girl's night out in the conservatory, shall we? We can invite Prince Harry


Scotland location - probably really cold but I can handle cold weather

Gothic Spendor - and the steps!

Another gothic beauty

This one is in France -- it looks like a fairy tale

I have always dreamed of living next to a river - love the sound

Potting shed from the above estate - love the simplicity of this space

Southern states aren't the only place to find wisteria - such a beautiful vine

All photographs copyright of JJ Locations





5 comments:

Elisabeth said...

I would like a castle right now, please! We have a lot of nice castles here in Sweden also, infact the film Melancholia is filmed at the castle Tjolöholm, suited just 5 kilometers from my place. Elisabeth

Cynthia Banks said...

Elisabeth, thank you for telling me about the castles of Sweden - that is a great feature for another post - I have made a note of it - coming soon! Thanks for following!

Dentelline said...

Bonjour Cynthia,
J'adore ton blog!
J'adore la campagne anglaise et je rêve d'y aller me promener comme les personnages de Jane Austen.
C'est un enchantement pour les yeux!
MARVELLOUS!
Bises,
Dentelline

Cynthia Banks said...

Dentelline: thank you so much!

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