On the second day of my jaunt to Yorkshire I drove fifteen miles out to the stately home of Castle Howard.
You might recognise the building from Brideshead Revisited (both the 1981 television drama and the 2008 film). This is the famous Atlas Fountain.
Designed by Sir John Vanburgh (who also designed Blenheim Palace) for the Third Earl of Carlisle, Castle Howard began construction in 1699 and took almost a century to be finished.
The Earl’s study. I would like to model my own study on this room. When the house is closed in the Winter, the Howard family still use these rooms. During the Summer they have apartments in the other wing of the house.
That evening I had dinner at York’s famed cafe/tea room Bettys. Bettys (no apostrophe!) is a York institution and usually has long queues lining the street waiting to get in. I was lucky to be visiting in the early evening on a weeknight and I turned up just as a table became available.
There was a lovely atmosphere inside, including a pianist. The founder of Bettys, Frederick Belmont, took a voyage on the famous ship the Queen Mary in 1936 and commissioned its designers to create his York cafe in the same Art Deco style. I had the Chicken and Gruyere Rosti followed by a great berry sundae for dessert.