West Yorkshire's wild, rugged and beautiful landscapes have been attracting visitors since the late 1700s, when Romanticism, with its emphasis on the 'natural sublime', first took hold. This was partly a reaction against the rampant industrialism of the region, whose legacy can still be seen here in the canal networks and extensive industrial heritage. Nonetheless, the landscape is dotted with stately homes which were at least partly built on local prosperity through trade, and Harewood House in the north of the county is a fine example and one of the county's real treasures. If you're staying in the region at a local West Yorkshire hotel, or merely passing through, be sure to pay this impressive stately pile a visit.
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Harewood House was designed by the architect John Carr in 1759. The Earl and Countess of Harewood still reside there, so the place is well looked after, unlike some of the more unfortunate abandoned estates that organisations like English Heritage try bravely to maintain. The exterior is in the then fashionable grand Palladian style and the interiors are largely the work of Robert Adam.
One of the many glories of this unique building is its unrivalled collection of original furniture from the 18th Century. It was all made for the house by none other than Thomas Chippendale himself and is quite priceless. You can easily explore everything this grand house has to offer from your base at a hotel in West Yorkshire.
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Furniture isn't the only thing to see when you come here. There is also the fine collection of Italian and English paintings, including several by Gainsborough and Reynolds, and a suite of new rooms devoted to the history of watercolours was also recently opened. The grounds are themselves one of the house's great attractions. They were laid out by Capability Brown, the doyen of landscape gardeners, and the Harewood Bird Garden is especially impressive with its native and exotic species. The experts here also run a breeding programme to help endangered species re-establish themselves. Book yourself a hotel nearby in West Yorkshire to make the most of Harewood House's beautiful landscaping and arts collections.