Castle Howard is located 25 miles (40 km) north of York in
North Yorkshire, England.
Built by Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, this was
the first building of any kind designed by Sir John Vanbrugh. Nicholas
Hawksmoor also played an important part in the realisation of the design.
Building started in 1700. Three hundred acres of formal and woodland
gardens were laid out around this classical building from the 18th century
to the present day. A spectacular fountain is found in the front courtyard
and peacocks and other fauna are scattered throughout the grounds. Inside
the house are many rooms containing paintings by Reynolds, Gainsborough,
Holbein, Rubens, and a host of other famous artists, along with antique
and classical sculpture, fine furniture, and the many and varied objects
which have been accumulated over three hundred years.