Hello and welcome to Fabulous Homes & Gardens. My name is Sue or Susan or Suzy, but mostly my friends call me Sue. I’m so happy you found this site because if, like me, you love looking at beautiful homes and gardens, then you’ve come to the right place. Over the next few months, I’ll be adding pictures of homes and gardens to inspire you to create your very own piece of heaven on earth. We all need a little inspiration and it is my sincere hope that you’ll find it here.
I was born and raised in the north of England and grew up in a very working class home situated in a housing estate. Nothing fancy at all, in fact the house itself was relatively ugly. It was my home though, and we enjoyed a pretty good sized back yard with enough room to play and sunbathe; we even had a little vegetable patch. The really great thing about where we lived was that we were always within an hours drive of some of the country’s most beautiful and scenic countryside. I can’t tell you how many times we spontaneously took a day trip to the Yorkshire Dales or Lake District. The village of Hawarth, where the famous Bronte sisters lived, was very close, too and we visited often, when the weather was nice. The Old Parsonage was converted into a museum years ago and to this day you can explore the rooms where the sisters wrote their novels. We would usually take a picnic and sit on the very same moors that Emily Bronte used as the backdrop for Cathy and Heathcliffe in Wuthering Heights.
My love of fabulous and beautiful houses started when I was in my early teens and was inspired by my first vistit to Harewood House in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Only a 30 minute drive from where we lived, it is truly one of the most treasured homes in the country. The house is spectacular in its grandeur and has been featured in many British period dramas. Most recently Harewood was featured in the 2019 Downton Abbey movie. As you can imagine, the grounds are as impressive as the house, boasting over 100 acres of pristine gardens to explore. If you’d like to learn more about Harewood House, please click HERE.
It is my hope to bring you interesting content and information on fabulous homes and gardens, both here in the US and overseas. I have lived in approximately 15 houses throughout my 50 plus years, if my memory serves me correctly! Not all of them felt like home, many of them were not fabulous, but all provided the shelter I needed at that particular time. When my husband and I bought our first home, it started out with a contempory theme, but never felt quite right. It didn’t take us long to realize that we actually liked a more traditional home. That’s the beauty of houses, they reflect who we are and what feels like home, to us. No matter where we are in life, we can always take a little inspiration from those places that speak to our souls .
Old English Proverb: An Englishman’s home is his castle.