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the floor plan for an old mansion with lots of rooms and bathrooms in each room
Biltmore Estate Floor Plan
Hogwarts School Floor Plan just in case you wanted to know. Ok, it's not, but it would be the perfect place for a wizarding school.
an old building with many windows and steps leading up to the top floor in front of it
Zwinger Palace - the epitome of Baroque beauty in the world!
Zwinger Palace was built in Dresden, the capital of Saxony, during the reign of Augusts the Strong in the year 1709, and has been famous ever since for it's stunning baroque architecture. I was exposed to baroque style of architecture in person only when visited the city and this quickly became one of my most favourite parts in the city.
an ornately decorated bedroom with blue and gold decor
Lady’s Digest
Bedroom of the Duchesse d’Aumale ~ Château de Chantilly, France.
an ornately decorated room with chandelier and bookshelves
Library
White and gold ornate library with decorated ceiling, iron-work balcony, crystal chandelier, and glass-covered shelves. (I don't know if you're allowed to read a beat-up paperback in this room.) Christiansborg Castle, Copenhagen, Danemark. Photo by Talbot Merlotti via Flickr
an ornate dining room with chandelier and chairs
Inveraray Castle, Inveraray – Castles
This image is an example of the Rococo period. The walls are panelled and pale in colour, gilded heavily. The carvings are quite delicate. Fauteuil chairs and mirrors can be seen, which were popular of the time.
an ornate living room with chandelier, couches and two chairs in it
The best castles in Ireland
Raise the portcullis: we have four stylish castles to take over, and not a dusty suit of armour in sight
an ornately decorated living room with blue and white furniture
20 Best Countries for Americans Who Want to Live Abroad
See Our Guide to Great Britain I am an Anglophile. I keep a supply of BBC series in my Netflix queue, pay $272 a year to subscribe to Country Life, and recently acquired my third boxed set—the 30th Anniversary Collection—of Brideshead Revisited. For nearly a year there was a hole in my Sunday evening where Downton Abbey should have been, a dull ache that has only just ended.