England's country houses have never been more popular with visitors.
Most are packed with masterpieces of art and antiques, and they have vast landscaped gardens, often with lakes and fountains.
They reflect all the splendor of England's glory years.
This book looks at the different periods of large country houses from the mid 1500s up to 1914, explaining the changing architectural styles.
He describes the different rooms within the main house and their changing roles over the centuries.
There is a glossary of architectural terms, and a quick reference time chart listing country house architects and the notable buildings they designed, with drawings of the period details that help to date them.