Castle Howard: A grand mansion in northern England.
Summary information on Castle Howard as follows:
- Building commenced in 1699 but completion was not achieved until 1811.
- Built by Sir John Vanbrugh (1664-1760) who also designed a similar masterpiece, Blenheim Palace.
- Remains under long-standing ownership of the family associated with the Earls of Carlisle (Howard family). The Howards still reside at the property.
- Inside can be found dramatic designs and collections of furniture, paintings and other items.The building is surrounded by 1000 acres of parkland comprising rolling hills and unexpected monuments and statues, many with a classical theme.
- Castle Howard is, perhaps, best known as the setting for two versions of Brideshead Revisited, in 1981 and 2008.
- A Baroque structure with two symmetrical wings.
- Suffered extensive fire damage in 1940, which was not war related.
- Close to the Castle are immaculately maintained specialist gardens.