Monday, 28 May 2012

An English Country House Winner!

Now I bet that title turned your head a little didn't it - I do honestly wish that I could give away an actual English Country House as a prize - but alas - it's simply the gorgeous book 'The English Country House' by Mary Miers.

Using Mrs. Glosser's Math Goodies, Custom Random Number generator, the number 15 came up which I attributed to the 15th comment on the giveaway post.

And the lucky winner is...drum roll please.....


Well done Anita - I will be contacting you shortly to get your details.

Thank you all SO much for entering, I enjoyed reading your comments tremendously! So, as a consolation prize to those of you who were kind enough to enter, but didn't win and also to those who simply enjoy looking at beautiful houses (as I obviously do!) - here are a few yummy English country houses to enjoy.

Now this image of delightfulness below, which was once home to the composer Sir John Betjeman, actually won a competition in Country Life magazine not so long ago and was voted England's finest Parsonage - I can see why!

How do you fancy this Listed Regency Country House? It is called Sturford Mead, built in 1820 and set in seven acres of gardens, lake and woodland on the edge of the historic Longleat estate in Wiltshire, England. In it's promotional blurb it's described as "one of the prettiest of the smaller country houses in the county." Not quite my idea of one presumes the actress may have said to the bishop...

And one last swoon inducing lovely, how about this one below, which is intriguingly listed on Love Home Swap, so presumably one can try out a little bit of English Country Life a la 'The Holiday' - the romantic comedy with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslett and Jude Law...and I have to say that if it comes complete with it's own 'Jude Law' then I'm most definitely willing to give it a trial run or six!

A short post today, because the sun is out in England and it's calling my name - and one never knows when it might disappear again!

Thank you all for your wonderful comments once again, and I hope that you're enjoying the sun wherever you are!

Paula x


  1. Congratulations Anita :o)
    Ooh, I quite fancy Surford Mead - that little 'pond' looks so gorgeous....

    Have a lovely day in the sunshine Paula :o)

  2. Congratulations to Anita...lucky girl I know she'll love this book!


  3. That's a great title, Paula! Congrats, enjoy the book. I'll take the incredible English country house Paula is giving away.....the one in THAT photo, please! :) Enjoy the sunshine. I'm off to garden!

  4. OH DEAR!!!!!!! I WON???????????

    I am THRILLED MY DEAR and thank you so much for coming to contact me! HERE IS MY EMAIL:

    This is so lovely. When you contact me, I will send you a collage I just made of my gardens yesterday, but I could only get some close ups. My home has a French/English countryside feel to it! Oh Paula, thank you so very much!!!

    Do contact me when you can for my address details!

    Have a FINE DAY! Anita

  5. ooh and ahh such beautiful houses!!

  6. Yahooo, Anita will absolutely love it, a very worthy winner! Such a generous giveaway Paula - Barvo!

  7. Congratulations to Anita. All houses shown today are just gorgeous, but the one on Love Home Swap calls to me!

  8. Hi Paula,

    Those houses look so very pretty!! Congratulations to Paula. She is a lucky girl!

    Happy new week to you!

    Madelief x

  9. I mean, congratulations to Anita! Sorry!!!

  10. Congrats to Anita. As a consolation prize I wouldn't mind any of the houses you show above, they are all gorgeous. Do I go for the manicured lawns, the lake or the tumbling wisteria, gosh it's a hard one.

  11. Lucky girl Anita!! You are right the sun is just too good to miss we just don't know how long it will last so must capture every moment.
    have a great week.

  12. Beautiful houses, and thank you for the lovely comment on my blog:) Have a great week!

  13. Gosh, I'd love to have won that but didn't enter so couldn't have done! Love the last house best of all.
    Ruth x

  14. Lovely houses. If you do ever choose to give away an English Manor House, I am slightly partial to the last one. Congratulations to Anita! So happy to hear you were able to enjoy a little sun. Bonnie

  15. All these houses are gorgeous, would love a holiday in England and to stay in something similar. That would be lovely!! Congrats to the winner of your giveaway!!


  16. Lucky winner!
    Such a pretty book.
    I need to get to the UK and explore the countryside a bit more.
    We always get caught up in London and never save enough time to venture out into the countryside.
    (Though we have been to Bath it there as well!)


  17. Lovely homes! I love that last home especially!
    Congratulations to Anita, you lucky gal!

  18. Congratulations to Anita!

    You are so right about the sun Paula - hence my very own lack of posting and comments this past week. As its now raining (all day!) across the border here in Suffolk, its time to catch up with everyone!

    I love the last house from The Holiday. Picture perfect!

    Have a great weekend!


  19. Beautiful Homes! Thanks for sharing. So glad I happened upon your site.
    Happy Weekend.

  20. It's a gorgeous book. I poured over each and every page...congrats Anita!!

  21. I was mainly impressed by the splendor of the Sturford Mead country house. The dwelling is unbelievably old, yet the greenery and brightness of the place are still being properly maintained. The country house has become a huge part of the history, and I think it deserves to be recognized by the future generations.

    Rodger Ciliberto


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