Sunday, January 8, 2012

Knole House

Knole House

The patron saint of English garden writers, poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West grew up in her family pile Knole House, one of the largest homes in Britain. She was so heartbroken, her father's only child, at having to leave Knole due to the rules of male primogeniture upon the death of her father in 1930, she wrote half seriously that she considered murdering her father's heirs.

She threw her anger and energy into what in in 1930, must have appeared absolute madness when she purchased the derelict ruins of Sissinghurst Castle and along with her husband Harold Nicholson created what is now one of the country's greatest gardens Sissinghurst Castle Garden.

Sissinghurst Castle

Eighty years on, a new generation of Sackville-West's occupy Knole House. The 53 year old current Lord Sackville of Knole inherited the title in 2004 when his uncle died, and recently announced he plans to throw history and tradition on its ear. Keep in mind his Lordship is young and his only son and heir is now 12 yo, but Lord Sackville has announced his preference for leaving Knole to one of his daughter's, instead of his son.

I have visions of a young Jane Austen character. Think Sense and Sensibility with me here. A young well-to-do woman, with expectations of a large inheritance is suddenly left penniless when her father's executors turn the dogs on her. You can see it coming can't you?



Anonymous said...

"You can see it coming can't you?"

Yes! Tonight on PBS!


GP said...

Flo said it: we're all set for tonight's new episode & series start.

Anonymous said...

Whew! Extraordinary!

But quite stressful viewing, sat on edge of seat the full two hours. Why I'll never know but I came close to tears not once, but at least 2, maybe 3 times.

And since this is "the ways men and women see the world differently" headquarters, I wonder how the gentlemen readers here felt while viewing Downton last night?


Anonymous said...

Oh, and I LOVE the new/now header!


Jennings and Gates said...

Interesting isn't it? Love your new header!

Toad said...

I checked out early and hope to pick it up this evening. I'll chime in later

Suburban Princess said...

I love your new header!
I posted photos of my Granda from the Downton era on my blog

Mrs. Pretty said...

Change is ever upon us, isn't it? I've not heard of this particular pile before, but what a story - surely the Beeb will pick that one up eventually?

Speaking of, of course I offer a hearty golf clap for your dashing new header.

Rebekah said...

It's such a shame Vita lost Knole but what she did with Sissinghurst and its garden was magic! The castle was intended to be a romantic substitute for Knole house and it definitely was.