American Viscountess

American Viscountess

When I married into the British Aristocracy it was the start of a wonderfully exciting journey, if a little daunting. I became a Viscountess – and for an American girl from a small town outside Chicago, it was quite a shock. I live with my husband, Luke – heir to the Earl of Sandwich- and our family at Mapperton House in Dorset. Mapperton is a glorious sandstone house house dating originally from the 1540’s. It is known as Britain’s Finest Manor House and is filled with wonderful treasures collected by Luke’s ancestors. Living in a place like this is a joy and but also a challenge and every day we’re aware that we are preserving a very special part of Britain’s heritage. Mapperton has opened up an extraordinary new world for me and I can’t wait to share it with you all – so if you love castles and manors and stately homes as much as I do, please join me as I head off to some of the Britains most spectacular historic homes …On these trips, I’ll be meeting other owners who live and manage these large houses and estates as well as some of the fantastic people who work there too. With them I’ll be exploring the history, the landscapes, the innovations of generations past and present. I’ll be sure to roll up my sleeves and help with a few jobs along the way.So please join this American Viscountess as I journey into the countryside in search of some of Britain’s Finest Historic Houses. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

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September 4, 2022 18 min

I have been visiting my great friends the Coryton family at Pentillie Castle in Cornwall. In this final episode from Pentillie, I will be taking a bracing dawn dip in the River Tamar, and getting my workout for the day in the clock tower. Time certainly doesn’t stand still at this 17th Century Castle.


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This time on American Viscountess, I enjoy the delights of Pentillie Castle in Cornwall – I learn how to make a traditional winter warming drink, face my fears foraging in the hedgerows and visit a monument on the estate reborn in memory of the man who built the castle in the seventeenth century.


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This time on American Viscountess, I head west to Pentillie Castle in Cornwall – an exclusive wedding and private hire venue and home to the Coryton family. I help out with a high powered clear up operation on the croquet lawn, masters the art of making the perfect bed and ventures into the Victorian kitchen garden where nature is giving solace to war veterans.


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I really get stuck in here at Iford Manor and Gardens where I finally get to create the most perfect Afternoon Tea. Something this American has always wanted to learn how to do!


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In this week's episode, William Cartwright-Hignett takes Julie on a tour of the spectacular Iford Gardens, created by the celebrated garden designer Harold Peto in the early 20th century.


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In this episode I am welcomed to Iford by the owner William Cartwright-Hignett who has recently taken over the family estate with his wife Marianne. I set off for the Japanese Garden where I meet head gardener Troy - but quickly finds myself in deep water!


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In the final instalment of my current visit to Pitchford Hall in Shropshire, I explore the vast attics and see a hidden structural treasure from Pitchfords medieval past. I hear how the Edwardian summer house has been lovingly restored and join the party to celebrate the completion of a very special restoration of the library. And will I manage to stay afloat when I take to the water in a traditional fishing boat!


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Julie is visiting a Pitchford Hall in Shropshire, close to the border with Wales. Like many historic homes, Pitchford has enjoyed visits from the Royal family over the years. In the autumn of 1832, Queen Victoria - then a 13 year old Princess - stayed at Pitchford, writing in her diaries that she enjoyed visiting the old diary, playing the harp and going up to the little house in the tree. Julie follows in Victoria’s footsteps, tak...

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In this latest instalment of American Viscountess, Julie tackles the never-ending task of restoring the lime plaster panels at Pitchford Hall, one of England’s finest Elizabethan half-timbered houses. And visits the stables which have been repurposed as workshops – Julie catches up with sculptor, Michael Potter and joins Sophie Francis for a lesson in the ancient craft of willow weaving. The crowning scene of this visit to Pitchfor...
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When Pitchford Hall was sold in 1992, the contents of the family home were put up for auction. It was heartbreaking to witness – but now, with the family back at the Hall – they are focussing on a worldwide hunt for the treasures of the collection. In this episode of American Viscountess at Pitchford Hall, Julie hears about the search and helps hang one of the most treasured paintings, and meets Violet Roberts, who has kept the spi...

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This time on American Viscountess, Julie visits a hidden gem of a country house in Shropshire, close to the border with Wales. Pitchford Hall is considered England’s finest Elizabethan half-timbered house.

 

The recent history of the Hall is a turbulent one – in 1992 it was sold and lost to the family who lived here. But by extraordinary determination and endeavour over 25 years they have returned to Pitchford. With her husband James...

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Rockingham Castle FINALE! During her visit to Rockingham Castle in Northamptonshire, Julie hears how one of the giants of British literature - Charles Dickens stayed at the castle in the mid-nineteenth century, visiting his friends, Richard and Lavinia Watson. He dedicated his novel, David Copperfield to them and even performed plays of his works in the Long Galley and Panel Room. Julie is then given a tour of the garden by James S...

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In Part Three of American Viscountess at Rockingham Castle, Julie is given a lesson in planting the perfect English rose on the site of the original Norman castle keep; and explores the parish church, just outside the castle walls, which was rebuilt following the English Civil Wars. Julie finds past Montagu family connections in the church and is overwhelmed by a very special document related to the historic Montagu family home, Hi...

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In this episode of American Viscountess at Rockingham Castle, Julie joins James Saunders Watson as he uncovers nearly 1,000 years of architectural history. From the imposing Norman gateway, to the destruction of the English Civil Wars to the Victorian reimagining of a charming building at the end of an ancient cobbled street - there are fascinating stories to be told in every corner of this Northamptonshire castle. You can find out...
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Julie visits Rockingham Castle in Northamptonshire. A royal fortress for 500 years, following the Norman Conquest of 1066, Rockingham was visited by successive Kings and Queens of England. The Castle is now the beautiful home of James Saunders Watson and his family. Julie tours the interior of the castle; the Great Hall, Library, Panel Room, and Long Gallery, all of which have evolved to the needs and tastes of each generation who ...
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In this fourth instalment of the Hinchingbrooke series on American Viscountess, Julie, with her father in law, the 11th Earl of Sandwich and his sister, Lady Kate Hunloke are venturing outside in a gale of wind to explore how the immediate grounds of the house have changed since the time when the Montagu family lived here. Then in the warmth of the library, the trio discuss the stunning stained glass windows which show generations ...
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During my visit to the former Montagu family home, Hinchingbrooke House in Cambridgeshire, I join my father in law, John Montagu, the 11th Earl of Sandwich and one of his sisters, Lady Kate Hunloke to explore the upper floors of the house. Here, they find the nursery where they spent many hours as children and the family bedrooms with views which once stretched out across meadows and fields. Hearing the memories and childhood stori...
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This time on American Viscountess, Julie visits Hinchingbrooke House in the east of England with her father-in-law, the 11th Earl of Sandwich and one of his sisters, Lady Kate Hunloke. Hinchingbrooke was the ancestral home of the Earls of Sandwich from 1627 until 1955, when the family moved to Mapperton House in Dorset. Now a school, the house has been transformed, but in this intensely emotional visit, Julie imagines how the house...

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In a very special series of films - I go in search of the lost family ancestral home - Hinchingbrooke House in Cambridgeshire, in the East of England. As Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, I am fascinated by the history of house - from its monastic roots to royal visits and nearly 350 years of Montagu family history. After the Second World War, like so many other historic homes, the upkeep of the building was too great and our family had ...

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April 21, 2022 2 min

When I married into the British Aristocracy it was the start of a wonderfully exciting journey, if not a little daunting. I became a Viscountess – and for an American girl from a small town outside Chicago, it was quite a shock. 

I'm Julie Montagu, the American Viscountess, and I live with my husband, Luke – heir to the Earl of Sandwich- and our family at Mapperton House in Dorset. 

 Mapperton is a glorious sandstone house house ...

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