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Nicky Haslam’s Folly De Grandeur: Romance and Revival in an English Country House

John Fowler along with Nancy Lancaster are certainly to be credited for redefining the English Country House look for the 20th century. I’ve had a particularly longstanding fascination with Fowler’s country home design, the Hunting Lodge, near Odiham in Hampshire England. This romantic folly gave Fowler the opportunity to indulge his most outrageous decorating and gardening fantasies (making it quite irresistible to yours truly!).

Needless to say, when I was presented with the opportunity to visit the Hunting Lodge some years ago, I was on the next flight to the UK! As fortune would have it, my dear friend, London based textile designer Peter Westcott, is great friends with the legendary interior designer Nicky Haslam who happens to be the current resident there. A weekend invitation to Haslam’s home provided me with the most divine opportunity to explore every detail of the property, and to spend some thoroughly enjoyable time listening to a few of Haslam’s remarkable stories.

James Andrew at the Hunting Lodge

James Andrew at the Hunting Lodge

Haslam, as you know, is designer to royalty and rock stars. For the Hunting Lodge, he pays homage to Fowler and the house’s rich history while bringing his own brand of “…exhilarating chic…[and] a touch of opulence.” This is a house dedicated to the art of living beautifully, comfortably, and well!

James Andrew at the Hunting Lodge

James Andrew at the Hunting Lodge – obviously enjoying myself!

Which brings us to this substantial book, Nicky Haslam’s Folly de Grandeur, Romance and Revival in an English Country House. Photographed by the brilliant Simon Upton with a forward by Susan Crewe of House and Garden, this gorgeous contains chapters on Haslam’s personal and eclectic style, the house’s colorful history, and much much more. Do pick up a copy at Amazon below:


Nicky Haslam’s Folly De Grandeur: Romance and Revival in an English Country House



  1. Oonagh says:

    This one is a must-buy. You are so lucky to have seen the place “in the flesh”. Have you read “Redeeming Features”? It’s great fun

  2. James Andrew says:

    Hello Oonagh,

    It was such an amazing experience to be there- and Nicky is indeed great fun- quite a character.

    Yes I have read “Redeeming Features” – quite the story teller and what a wonderful, crazy , incredible life.



  3. Exactly! I thought I could not be “envious” and I am almost “not”!

    The closest I have been is your going to “the sacred place….to me….I have studied John Fowler and Nancy L from almost birth )

    I have to sleep on it; however, I am pretty sure I am envious for the first time!! Yikes!!!

    I am delighted that it is YOU I am envious of!



  4. jon k says:

    great shots of you!

  5. Dean Farris says:


    That picture of you is too cute!

    NH must have loved you!


  6. James Andrew says:

    Darling Penelope,

    Thankfully Nicky’s latest book is like having one’s own personal tour of the hunting lodge.

    Amazing photos and text!

    Can’t wait to see you in Montecito- I think we are going to make lots of people very jealous.



  7. James Andrew says:

    My Dear jon k,

    Thank You!

    I was just a boy,exploring the world and ALL it had to offer.



  8. Oonagh says:

    Dear James
    I thought you might be interested in this – I hope it is OK to post the link:

  9. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Oonagh,

    How fantastic!

    This is tremendous and Thank You for sharing!



  10. David says:

    James, I think you look handsomer and more relaxed at the Hunting Lodge than in any of the other posts! Nicky must be a great host.

  11. James Andrew says:

    Well Hello David,

    Nicky was indeed a most fabulous host!

    It was a delightful time and I was of course – intoxicated – by the whole experience.



  12. David says:

    From what I hear “intoxicated” is the word!

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