Thursday, July 31, 2014

Winterthur House and (Fairy!) Gardens

We recently looked at the gorgeous Downton Abbey costumes on display at Winterthur House and Museum; and while I loved all the Crawley fashion from a great British estate, I was also excited to look around the great American estate where the exhibit was located!


Winterthur is located in Wilmington, Delaware and was built in by the wealthy du Pont family.  The house, now open to the public as a museum, has 175 rooms, and the grounds are extensive as well...


Just beautiful!  My friend and I took the garden tram from the parking lot and visitor's center to the house and museum.  It would have been a rather long walk, and it was fun to get a preview of the Winterthur landscape.


Can you even believe the size of that tree?  It's enormous!


The Downton Abbey exhibit was located in one wing, but you could also take a house tour off to the other side...


Lovely flowers - maybe from the gardens?  I can only imagine the fun the du Pont family must have had, holding galas and events for the social elite.  There was a whole floor dedicated just to guest bedrooms!

 

I believe this staircase led to the family wing - stunning!


A tray of fake food to help you imagine what the parties must have been like...


I'm not sure if those flowers are real or fake, but apparenty the du Ponts liked to have many arrangements like that.  It reminded me a little of the huge fresh floral arrangements at the Chateau Chenonceau in France (those were definitely real!).

 

In the music room - I love how the harp, the piano, the chairs, even the footstool all match to perfection.


If you're interested in furniture or antiques, you will love Winterthur.  Many of the rooms were specifically designed to look like rooms from a different era or place!


The dining room was my favorite - I love warm pink and green tones and the closets built into the walls showcasing the china.


This house was so beautiful - if someone ever did create an American Downton-Abbey-style tv series or movie, this would be the perfect place to film it!  You would have gorgeous, historic, ready-made sets both inside and out...

 

Apparently they do weddings at Winterthur - that must be incredible!  You would have SO many lovely spots for photos...


From manicured gardens to green meadows!  My favorite outdoor space was the children's garden...


IT HAD A FAERIE COTTAGE.


This is like an enchanted house out of a little girl's dream...


Look at the flower pots stairstepping up the wall!


One side of the cottage is open, and it looks like a royal hall inside!

 

Complete with wrought iron windows and a fireplace!  And that's only one element of the fairy garden...


This looks like a witch's retreat!

  

So many fun areas - I would have been crazy about this place when I was a kid.


Everything is little - the benches, the bridges - you might even find a very little door...

 

...with a fairy tea party going on inside!

Once my friend and I had finished ooohing and aaahing over all the sweet sights, we made our way back to the visitor's center for quick look in the gift shop.


To go along with the Downton Abbey exhibit, there were lots of Victorian and Edwardian guides for ladies which we both loved!

It was a lovely afternoon, and if you like gardens and fine houses, I would highly recommend Winterthur. :)

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