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Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. (But only by accident! His mother was married to the younger son, not the Duke, & went into labor while at a dance there.)


I’d just like to take a moment to remind everyone that the library in the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, NC not only features this amazing staircase, but also includes a number of secret passage ways that run directly to the library from various guest bedrooms. For secret nighttime library assignations, guys. It’s like the Vanderbilts were practically inviting you to meet up in the library.


BILTMORE HOUSE, Asheville, North Carolina, The Vanderbilt Estate entrance. Built by George Vanderbilt in 1895, Asheville's opulent Biltmore Estate is open to the public for tours.


The Historic Royal Palaces site is full of articles, pictorials essays, links, videos and activities related to palaces, fashion, history, and more whimsical offerings that focus on the many princesses that have lived in these palaces, including connections with legends and fairytales. Two favorite linked project/blogs are: The Magic Garden project, Enchanted Palace and the Wild Boy's Ball...(