🇬🇧 Great British Design Inspiration
London: A Visit to Eltham Palace and Gardens
|Entrance Hall (1936). Beautiful skylight especially nice on rainy, grey days.|
Eltham is located near Greenwich, up the hill from the Royal Observatory. The Palace dates to the 1470s and the reign of Edward IV, and is five miles from the Royal Naval College. Car is the best way to reach Eltham, and our friend David Thomas graciously agreed to be our guide on this visit. Thank you, David!
In 1933, millionaires Virginia and Stephen Courtauld leased the former Royal estate from the Crown and built a fashionable Art Deco house adjacent to Eltham's 15th century Great Hall.
Medieval architecture and Art Deco…on the same London-area property? Definitely a must-see.
Once inside, we enjoyed hearing about the Great Hall from a docent, then wandering through the two-story house on a self-guided tour. Seeing the light-filled Entrance Hall (1936), with period furnishings and details, and the Great Hall (1470s), are worth a visit alone. From the outside, you'd never guess the house features clean, modern design throughout. Acres of gardens and mature trees surround the property, with various flowers in bloom on this warm, spring day (26 May 2017).
My dad Vic and I always seek out great architecture and design when traveling — this inspires our own creative work.
View English Heritage’s website on Eltham Palace and its history here.
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Eltham Palace and Gardens…in pictures
|Great Hall (1470s)|
|Minstrel's Gallery overlooking the Great Hall. With David Thomas.|
|The Great Hall. Wood ceiling was once gilt.|
David has sung the role of Polifemo in Handel's "Acis and Galatea" here.
|Sleek Art Deco fireplace in dining room|
|Coat of Arms|
|Fantastic view overlooking the motor court from the first floor.|
|"Johnny," Virginia Courtauld's pet lemur, in his own climate-controlled suite. |
Stuffed toy for sale in gift shop!
|Strolling through the gardens. 15th century wall provides richly textured backdrop.|
|Black Tudor bricks in an "X" pattern indicate a Royal residence.|
|Vintage — Tudor bricks, and a very small door on the bridge above the moat.|
|Bridge and moat. Every Royal Palace needs these!|
|Stunning view from the first floor.|
|View of the house and lime tree. Great Hall on far right.|
|Entrance to 1936 house.|