Built on the site of a 12th-century priory in West Yorkshire, Nostell Priory is an elegant 18th-century Palladian mansion set in hundreds of acres of parkland.
Designed and built by James Paine, Robert Adam was later brought in to complete the state rooms and add additional wings. The home of the Winn family for over 300 years, much of the house - from bedrooms to the butler's pantry - is now available to the public, furnished for the most part with original pieces that include an unparalleled collection of Chippendale furniture made especially for Nostell.
Nostell is best known for the elegance of its architecture, set off by the gilded generosity of its interiors. Among the finest of its furnishings are the lacquered pieces of Chippendale, of which the most elaborate is the imposing Library table. The Top Hall, intended as the main entrance and hub of Nostell, is currently furnished with authentic 18th-century fittings, including a striking colza-oil chandelier. Robert Adam's ceilings command attention throughout the house, but perhaps most lovely is the delicate portrayal of Cupid and Pysche in the Tapestry Room, framed in a geometric design.
Comprising more than 4000 books, Nostell is one of the finest National Trust libraries. Housed in the panelled room remodelled in 1766 by Adam and still containing its original Chippendale furniture, it is made up of four smaller collections, united by Charles Winn in the 19th century.
As well as paintings by Angelica Kauffmann, William Hogarth and the Rowland Lockey's copy of Holbein's lost painting of Sir Thomas More and his family, Nostell's treasures include a longcase clock by John Harrison, and an extraordinarily detailed 18th-century doll's house, furnished down to textiles and cutlery.