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Your Definitive Guide to the National Trust’s Furniture Treasures

Chelcey Berryhill - Friday June 19, 2015 10:42

Help Royal Oak protect, study and catalog the National Trust’s world-class furniture collection. Support our 2015 National Trust Appeal. Donate Now

National Trust Curator of Furniture Christopher Rowell helped compile this map of National Trust properties housing essential furniture collections. Pack your bags, bring along your Royal Oak member card and let this map guide you on a journey of furniture exploration! Embrace the full range of the furniture styles the National Trust preserves, often in its original setting.

We’ve pulled aside five properties in particular that furniture aficionados can’t miss on their next trip to England, Wales and Northern Ireland:

1. Castle Coole: 

The Drawing Room at Castle Coole, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

Castle Coole, Northern Ireland

One of the greatest neo-classical country houses in Ireland, built by the first Earl of Belmore 1789-97. The splendid furniture is from Preston’s of Dublin commissioned in 1807, in  the lavish French Empire style.

2. Nostell Priory

Nostell Priory, Yorkshire

Nostell Priory, Yorkshire

Formerly a monastery, the 18th-century treasure house boasts exquisite craftsmanship by Robert Adam, a world-class collection of Chippendale furniture and masterpieces by leading artists.

3. Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Hardwick retains the textures of its original decoration –Persian table-carpets, painted wall-hangings, inlaid furniture and rows of original portraits.

4. Ham House

Ham House, Kingston-upon-Thames

Ham House, Kingston-upon-Thames

A rare survival of 17th-century luxury and taste, this house is a result of a widely traveled couple, who employed craftsmen from across the continent and amassed exotic furniture from all over the world.

5. Powis Castle

Powis Castle, Wales

Powis Castle, Wales

From defensive structure to party house, the house has been remodeled in the 16th, 18th and 20th centuries and includes generations of an internationally renowned collection  of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries.

The collections in these houses need your support! Consider giving to our  National Trust Appeal for Furniture and help research and catalog these unique pieces, often maintained in their original home. Donate Now