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PostPosted: 05 Mar 2018, 22:44 
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There's a "round house" on the road between Liverpool and Southport - actually there are two - but I always imagined the Round House to look a bit like the larger one. I will have to try and find a photo.

I always think of the Quadrant as a larger version of the house in The Camonmile Lawn TV adaptation with the exact same cliff top setting.

I can't visualise Plas Gwyn at all!

Anyone else got any mind pictures?


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There was a picture of the house which the Round House was meant to be based on ... it was in a Herefordshire magazine or something. I'll see if Google can find it.

... I just got totally distracted because I didn't know that Michaelchurch Court used to belong to a branch of the Trafford family, but I don't think it was Michaelchurch Court anyway. It was an enormous house with outbuildings and all sorts.

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I do have mind pictures of some of the houses but one was rather spoilt when I saw a photo once of what could have been Plas Howell. It probably fitted the book description perfectly but it was not how I imagined and although beautiful I did not like it.

I also think Jo's house at Howells was probably grander than I imagine with spacious gardens.

I do wish EBD had given a name to the Russell's "beautiful home in the Welsh mountains" or, even better, left them at the Round House. After the Round House I always feel there is not a proper setting for them but maybe this was done on purpose to take them further away from the minds of the readers.


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How about http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for ... 68752.html
Joey's house? similar but not quite as I see it in my head.


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How about http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for ... 68752.html
Joey's house? similar but not quite as I see it in my head.
I love its being a "large Victorian gentleman's residence", though - presumably a descendant of Daniel Lambert...

Seriously, it's a nice shot, but too late in date, I think - IIRC Joey's home in Armishire/ Herefordshire is supposed to be a Queen Anne house, so early 18th century. My problem with it is that in the UK, Queen Anne houses (and even the Queen Anne revival houses of the late 19th/ early 20th century) are usually red brick (and it's unusual to do anything to alter that), but the house is, sfter all, called 'Plas Gwyn', so one supposes it to be white. The closest I've been able to come to a likely model for it is Eardisley Park, about 20 km WNW of Hereford, which does seem to have been rendered and painted white at some point before the fire that caused its rebuilding: images here. And even then, it's not quite how I imagine Plas Gwyn...


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How about http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for ... 68752.html
Joey's house? similar but not quite as I see it in my head.


This is a lovely house.


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How about http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for ... 68752.html
Joey's house? similar but not quite as I see it in my head.


This is a lovely house.

Remove the carpets in photo no. 4 and you could really play a great game of "slidies".


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Here is the Southport Round House: http://www.qlocal.co.uk/southport/news_ ... -45038.htm


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I'm sure Jem would have loved being so close to Royal Birkdale :D . Didn't he have a mini golf couse built near Die Rosen?

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I don't think The Round House was completely round - just the drawing room.


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Oh I know, but I was only ten or so when I first read the books and knew this house and it's stuck with me.


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Here is the Quadrant! Obviously it would be a lot larger and built around a garden and be in the right county!

http://www.broomparc.co.uk/


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I think I found Freudesheim. Well, two Freudesheims.

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/overseas-pro ... cyCode=GBP
This chalet in Grindelwald is exactly what I imagine the exterior of Freudesheim to look like, and is a classic Oberland chalet. The long, low roof, the carved balconies, and that stunning view.

However, all EBD's descriptions of the interior of the home read like a cross between a 1930s English murder mystery and a TARDIS (am I right in thinking she never actually visited Interlaken and its environs?), and I could not track down a wooden chalet with its own ballroom.

So for the interior I found this house in Neuchatel, with the requisite parquet floors, high ceilings, and a drawing room more than big enough for slidies, school reunions and rampaging St Bernards.

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/overseas-pro ... cyCode=GBP


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