I am fascinated with the history of old houses. I enjoy a day's excursion whilst travelling or at home to witness how honest materials were utilised, crafted, expected & lasted over time. More often than not, it is not the furniture that interests me (tends not to be original), but the floors, tiles, skirtings, steps, layout etc & I particularly love the servants quarters if it is of that era.
I recently visited Camden House which is of the original Macarthur Estate outside Sydney set in beautiful gardens. At the time it was one of the finest estates in the nation after John Macarthur was granted 5000 acres of the best pasture land on which to build his estate.
On my last trip to NYC I visited the Merchant's house on 4th St (amazing) & if you are stopping by Asheville, North Carolina- The Biltmore Estate built in the late 1800s by the Vanderbilts is a MUST!!!