Over the weekend, I discovered a rather delightful show called The Manor Reborn.
The premise is, a 500 year old manor gets a makeover. Or makeunder? Gets made back up as it should have looked?
It was great.
I had been in the mood for a long, relatively dry home improvement or historical drama show, so this completely hit the spot. My attention was piqued when I found out the manor was located in Avebury, a stone's throw from Bath and a place I had actually visited.
My memory of the place mostly extends to... stones.
Anyway, the manor itself was a Tudor house that had Georgian details and a flashy owner in the '20s. That meant different rooms had different looks and styles—one was Tudor, with an intricately carved bed, and another a dining room with hand painted Chinese wallpaper.
The National Trust was hellbent on making the place into a casual environment where people can actually touch the furniture (antiques and new furniture that fits in with the period). I have personally never had a problem with NOT being allowed to jump on a bed in a historic stately home, but I suppose I don't work for the National Trust.
I liked how the presenters took us to different estates and stately homes around the UK to show how different residences in the same period looked. My British palace exploring has personally extended to Hampton Court and The Queen's Palaces, so this was a welcome addition. It also reminded me of Kirstie's Homemade Home, which was about Kirstie Allsopp using local craftspeople to redo her house.
Yes yes, I watch a lot of British household programming.
Anyway, I recommend The Manor Reborn if you're a history person, like watching home makeovers or want to see your boyfriend's eyes roll into the back of his head when you try to recap an episode. There was a particularly scintillating discussion on whether the ceiling decorations should have been painted or not. Poor guy.
(Image from here)