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Stay at Beautiful Historic Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle in England has been called “The Loveliest Castle in the World” and it’s easy to see why! The castle is the perfect day trip from London. But if you want to stay for longer, visitors can not just tour the amazing castle and grounds, you can stay there too!
Leeds Castle EnglandLeeds Castle is in the English county of Kent, which is known as ‘the garden of England.’ The castle is nearly a thousand years old and it’s set in the middle of a fabulous moat, just like the stuff of legends.

Leeds Castle EnglandThe first stone fortification was built on this site in the 1100s and when Eleanor of Castile bought it in 1278 the castle came into royal hands. Over the centuries, it has been associated with a total of six queens of England. In the 1500s, King Henry VIII had a big makeover done on the castle to make it a truly resplendent royal palace for him and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

Leeds Castle Banqueting Hall

This is the banqueting hall and you can just make out a portrait of King Henry VIII over the fireplace. Henry didn’t travel lightly… when he visited Leeds Castle in 1520 he took a crowd of 5,000 courtiers and retinue with him! The king was on his way to France for the famous ‘Field of the Cloth of Gold’ meeting with King Francis I.

Leeds Castle Drawing Room

Leeds Castle is full of original European antiques and exquisite architectural details. This is a wood-paneled drawing room.

Leeds Castle

What a lovely library! Look at the row of large porcelain vases lined up above the bookshelves as well as the urns on the mantelpiece over the fire. The old books look so handsome but I wouldn’t want to have to dust this room!

Leeds Castle Maidens Tower Bed and BreakfastIf you plan to stay at Leeds Castle you have various choices including B&B, holiday cottages, and glamping. This is one of the bed and breakfast rooms in the 16th century Maiden’s Tower, decorated in period style with modern touches. Breakfast is served in a 17th Century oak-beamed restaurant.

Leeds Castle Knights Glamping Fantasy Camping

Or you can try glamping (glamorous camping) in one of the Medieval style Knight’s Glamping striped pavilions in the castle vineyard. The pavilion tents are so posh that they sport four poster beds with cotton linens and you can keep warm on a chilly night with a wood stove.

Leeds Castle is about an hour from London and there’s a lot to do on the 500 acres of formal gardens and parklands. Try punting on the moat, watch a falconry display, or explore the maze formed by 2,400 yew trees.

Check out my posts on other English Castle Hotels and French Castle Hotels for more unique and historic European vacation ideas. Send us a postcard if you go!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

English Castle Hotels

If you love the romance of English history, lore and legends, you’ll be pleased to know that you can experience the romance for yourself by staying in an English castle! I blogged before about how to take a castle vacation at Château de Bagnols in the Beaujolais valley and in other French castle hotels. But today we’re hopping across the Channel to sneak a peek at the English castles that could tempt us to put on our wimples and go for a visit.

Hever Castle, Kent

Stay at Hever Castle in England

Hever Castle is famous for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second of King Henry VIII’s six wives. Henry was never going to win “Husband of the Year” and poor Anne came to a very unfortunate end. But first she made her mark on history by giving birth to a little girl destined to be the future Queen Elizabeth I.
This impressive double-moated medieval castle was built in 1270. It’s thanks though to the American William Waldorf Astor that the castle is so well restored today. He gave the castle a facelift and to keep it authentic his workmen use the same materials and tools that the Tudors used!

Hever Castle Inner Hall

You can stay at Hever Castle or just visit to enjoy spaces like this amazing Inner Hall with walnut panels and columns. During the Tudor years it was the Great Kitchen, cooking up feasts for the household after their hunting parties, no doubt.

Augill Castle, Cumbria

Augill Castle CumbriaIf you’re visiting the Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales in the north of England, you’ll find Augill Castle a convenient and mighty impressive place to stay! It’s been named English B&B of the year and it offers Gothic towers and turrets, antique furnishings and 20 acres of grounds with a tree house!

Augill Castle room Queen Victoria

Built in 1841 as a country residence for a Victorian gentleman, Augill Castle has a library, its own cinema, and 15 guest rooms for travelers to stay in.

This is the Pendragon room and it is said that Queen Victoria stayed in this room on her way to her Scottish country castle of Balmoral.

In addition to that stunning four poster bed, the room has a carved oak fireplace and arched leaded windows. The bathroom boasts stained glass windows and a Victorian cast iron claw footed bath.

 

 

Amberley Castle, West Sussex

Amberley Castle

Visitors should be safe in this 900-year-old castle… it’s surrounded by a 60-foot-high castle wall and a twin-tower gatehouse with a portcullis that is closed each night! During the 14th century the castle was the Bishop of Chichester’s Summer Palace. Now it’s a hotel including a restaurant with suits of armor and a 12th century barrel-vaulted ceiling.

Amberley Castle hotel room

Bedroom decor includes antique furnishings, original fireplaces, and four poster beds – one room even has access to a tower! Peacocks roam the 12 acres of grounds with 1920’s topiary and statues, and you can play tennis, old-fashioned English croquet, or golf on the 18-hole putting green.  It’s easy to stay at Amberley Castle if you are traveling though London as it’s less than 60 miles from the city. It’s also near the seaside town of Brighton which is well known for its antique shops!

If you’ve ever stayed in an English castle – or a castle in France or anywhere at all – we’d love to hear from you!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Things We Love: Hot Springs, North Carolina

As small business owners, it is sometimes hard to get away from the business and just take a few days off to relax. But we’ve arranged a belated Valentine’s getaway for ourselves. We’ll spend a night in Asheville and re-stock our booth at the Antique Tobacco Barn. I’ve been meaning to “get on the bus” for the LaZoom Comedy Tours of Asheville – it looks hilarious!

Then we’re off to our favorite spot in the woods – Hot Springs, North Carolina. We love to stay at the Iron Horse Station Inn which is actually three adjoining historic buildings right on Main Street.

Iron Horse Station Inn The original inn was built in 1929 while today’s restaurant and tavern was originally built prior to 1890 and was formerly a haberdashery and later a movie theatre. We love the original brick exposed walls, the heart-of-pine flooring and the stamped tin ceilings throughout the cozy Inn and Tavern.

Iron Horse Station Tavern

The food is very good and they always have an interesting selection of hand-crafted, local North Carolina beers on draught. I once had a super delicious Oyster Stout there that I just can’t seem to find again – maybe this time!

Our agenda is to relax! As you’ve probably guessed, Hot Springs is famous for the natural hot mineral water springs.

Hot Springs North CarolinaSince 1778, folks have been traveling to the Hot Springs just to soak in these natural mineral baths, which range from 100 to 104 degrees year-round. It was even a popular stopping point for travelers during the American Revolution. The water is pumped into your own private Jacuzzi tub in secluded open cabins with views of Spring Creek and the French Broad River.

Hot Springs is actually one of the few towns actually on the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I recently read Cheryl Strayed’s book “Wild” and was very inspired by her memoir of walking the Pacific Coast Trail. (If you haven’t seen Reese Witherspoon’s performance in the movie version of Wild you should – it is Oscar-nominated!) It has been one of my bucket-list goals to walk at least part of the Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St. James, which is a medieval pilgrimage route from Paris, France to the Western coast of Spain. I think that would make a great 50th birthday trip in a few years! So perhaps we’ll also officially start training and do a little hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

MaxPatch Appalachian Trail

There is a spot not too far from town called Max Patch, which is on the Appalachian Trail. It is a very steep hike to an elevation of 4629 feet with 360 degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We last visited three years ago but I’m looking forward to climbing it again. A relaxing soak in the hot springs, gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and my sweetheart by my side – sounds like my kind of belated Valentine’s getaway!

At MaxPatch Appalachian Trail

If you’re looking for your own getaway inspiration, you’ll find some ideas in my recent post on Romantic Victorian Inns or in our other posts on historic getaway destinations from Bed & Breakfast Inns to European castles.

Or tell us all about your favorite get-away spot in the comments!

 

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

 

 

Romantic Victorian Inns

These romantic Victorian Inns aren’t just for Valentine’s Day – you can enjoy them all year round. The Victorian era was one of the most romantic in terms of architecture and home decor, although I’m not sure I’d do so well without our modern-day amenities. Thankfully, visitors to these four Victorian inns get all the romance AND the Wi-Fi!

The Oaks Victorian Inn, VirginiaThe Oaks Victorian Inn

The Oaks Victorian Inn on Main Street in Christiansburg, VA, has a very romantic story to tell. Major W.L. Pierce built the inn in the late 1800s for his bride, Julia. They lived happily ever after and had seven children. This is the Julia Pierce Room at the Inn, which was once Julia’s own bedroom. It’s been decorated with a Victorian bed and a hand-painted slate fireplace and the bedroom boasts a Jacuzzi tub big enough for you and your sweetie. Outside, you’ll find a garden with 300-year-old oak trees and a pretty porch.

The Victorian Inn, CaliforniaCalifornia Victoria Inn Parlor Room

The Victorian Inn in the Victorian village of Ferndale, CA, makes a delightful base to explore California Redwood Forest. Built in 1890, the Inn boasts boasts vintage fixtures and furnishings in its rooms. This is the Victorian Parlor room with an antique armoire and a red velvet Victorian couch in the bay window sitting area.  The VI Restaurant steps into the 21st Century with a mix of classic and contemporary Californian cuisine. That’s probably just as well, as Victorian food isn’t always a good fit for our taste buds today!

The Victoria Inn, Maine

Romantic Bed in Victoria Inn Bethel Maine

This charming bed in The Victoria Inn in Bethel, ME, looks so tempting. The romantic inn is a restored 19th century building filled with period Victorian decor and furnishings including lace-draped beds just like this one. Bethel became a vacation destination way back in the 1800s when city dwellers visited to enjoy the refreshing mountain air. The allure is apparently timeless; Ski Magazine said that The Victoria Inn was one of the 10 best inns in New England.

Innisfree Bed & Breakfast By-The-Lake, North Carolina

Romantic Victorian Innisfree Inn NCThis is nearly in our backyard! The Innisfree Bed & Breakfast By-The-Lake is a AAA Four Diamond property overlooking Lake Glenville near Cashiers and Highlands, NC.  It is perfectly placed to explore the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains but I reckon it would be hard to tear yourself away from the house itself and the 12 acres of grounds filled with gardens and woods.

Barrett Suite Innisfree Victorian Inn North Carolina

Rooms at the Innisfree are named after Victorian personalities, including one named for the queen herself: Victoria’s Grand Suite with a mahogany four-poster bed. Then you’ll find the Lord Tennyson suite with a private veranda, chandeliers, a fireplace, and a tub for two overlooking the garden, and the Barrett Suite, shown above. This romantic boudoir boasts a canopied four-poster bed with French lace and a fireplace. During the day, guests relax in the sunny parlor, and by evening Irish coffee is served beside the cozy fireplace. Guests go for dinner in the inn’s octagonal Tower Dining Room lit by chandelier.

If you want to give your spouse or significant other a hint for a romantic weekend away, just send them a link to this blog post. (Hello Greg!)

We’d love to hear about your favorite romantic Victorian inns too. Meanwhile, don’t forget our Valentine’s discount for your special person or just as a gift for your home.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

 

Best of October 2014: Inspiring Home Decor

We saw some inspiring home decor on the Letters from Eurolux blog this month. Two of my favorite October blog posts were from our series of Client Spotlights, showing furniture customers bought from us in their homes. Let’s start with those as we take a look back at some of our favorite blog posts of the month.

Cathy B. in Canyon Lake, TX, sent us lots of lovely photos of her game room renovation, in the basement of her home on the Guadalupe River. She called the pub-style bar space her  “dream game room basement” and we could see why from the photos!

Bar and Games RoomCathy went above and beyond in her renovation, even moving the outside staircase so it didn’t obstruct the view. Cathy bought a new Ambella Home vanity from us. The rustic look of the marble top and copper farmhouse sink was a perfect match for the basement bar and game room. See all the before and after photos of Cathy’s house inside and out, and her inspiring home decor in the Game Room Renovation post.

Brenda D. in Auburn, AL,  bought this charming carved oak vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard from us for her dining room.

Vintage Louis XV French Country sideboardWe found Brenda’s home decor inspiring not JUST because she bought this fine piece from us! I was interested to hear that Brenda was looking for the ideal piece of furniture to go with her Eddie Bauer dining table. She is one of our many customers with the taste and confidence to blend different styles, mixing new and antique furniture.  (More about that in my blog post: Eclectic Decor: Freedom from Matchy-Matchy Furniture.) As you’ll see from the photos of the vintage Louis XV French Country sideboard in the dining room, Brenda chose well!

Brittany Room Wedmore PlaceWedmore Place country hotel at the Williamsburg Winery in Virginia is not actually our customer, but it could be as they have rooms decorated with the same tapestries that we stock at EuroLuxHome.com. My blog post on the Tapestries at Wedmore Place Hotel tells you about this lovely 300-acre property on a historic site, and shows a few more tapestries too!

Rococo Orange DecorOur other favorite blog post this month showed some sizzling fall-inspired home decor.

Spice Up Your Space with Orange Decor showed how to create a welcoming glow with this warm color.  Ideas range from juicy orange rooms to vibrant accents walls, with hues from zesty tangerine to soft coral and warm pumpkin.

elegant halloween table settingTalking of pumpkins, our post on Elegant Halloween Decor put a focus on black and white as a grown-up way to enjoy the scariest day! No tricks, just lots of treats!

We hope you enjoy our Letters from EuroLux blog and our news and ideas about antique furniture and home decor.

If you’d like us to cover something about antiques or an antiques style or maker, or give ideas about a specific type of home decorating or interior design, let us know. Thanks for reading, and Happy Halloween!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Tapestries at Wedmore Place Hotel Williamsburg Winery

European Style Tapestries inspired by antique wall hangingsWedmore Place is a country hotel at the Williamsburg Winery in Virginia. We noticed that some of the tapestries adorning their guest rooms are made by the same company as the tapestries we stock!

Just to rewind a moment, we recently began selling some stunning new tapestries, inspired by formal European tapestries but made by a family-owned American company. The photo on the right gives you an idea of their incredible detail. They also make more casual linen artwork with a Parisian flea market vibe, as well as gorgeous pillows in classic and modern designs.

Apparently the Wedmore Place Country Hotel shares our good taste in tapestries! Located on 300 acres overlooking the James River, in an area known as the Wessex Hundred, the property was once a farm and it was settled in 1615. By 1781, it appeared on military maps.

Wedmore Place HotelThe hotel features wall tapestries in some of its 28 rooms and suites, each room inspired by a different European province and era. The European country estate style hotel is decorated with period European antiques and furniture. Rooms also have wood-burning fireplaces, and fancy European bedding.

Brittany Room Wedmore Place

This new tapestry is the Brittany room, which also boasts an antique French armoire, dough chest, and dresser. I can’t be sure, but I think the pillows on that fabulous carved four-poster bed might be made by the same company as the tapestries – they look similar in style to the ones we have on our EuroLuxHome.com site.

Burgundy wine harvest tapestry

The adjoining Williamsburg Winery was established much more recently, but it’s not surprising that the hotel chose this tapestry for their Burgundy room. It shows a grape harvest in the French wine-growing region of Burgundy. The room’s antique armoire and dresser date from the early 1800s and are from the Chateau de Sauvan. I love the old copper bed warmer over the fireplace.

Wedmore Place at the Williamsburg Winery is located three miles from Historic Williamsburg, VA.  It also offers spa services, a pool, and a 19th century British style library. Sound relaxing, much?

If you like the tapestries, check out our entire collection of tapestries at EuroLuxHome.com. We carry too many to show you them all here, but these are a couple of my favorites:

Palm Landscape Tapestry

Royal Garden tapestry

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Armchair Explorer Decor

Whether you are traveling or not this summer, armchair explorer decor can take you on a romantic journey every day! This look is also known as travel-inspired decor, but the idea of being an explorer adds a bit more of an adventurous touch, doesn’t it?

Pic: San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Adeeni Design Group

This living room is a cozy example of decor with an armchair explorer vibe. The vintage map above the sofa, the globe-like piece on the zebra ottaman, and exotic touches like the antique carved corbels flanking the map look like mementos from someone’s world travels.

Armchair Explorer decor

Room by Ankeny Interior Designers & Decorators R. Cartwright Design

Although this room is completely different in tone – it’s much more streamlined with cooler colors – it is also a nice package of armchair explorer decor.  Framed maps, an antique globe, suitcases as design accents and a trunk for a coffee table all create a well-traveled mood. See how the round wrought-iron light fixture nicely echoes the shape of the globe.

 

Travel posters, especially ones with a vintage flavor, are an easy way to create an armchair traveler mood. Mix up the textiles too, like the various patterns on these throw pillows. Indian styles, paisleys, or other ethnic designs quickly evoke the atmosphere of foreign lands. You’ll notice that the rugs in each of these rooms all add an exotic splash, drawing on Indian and Moorish designs.

Globe mini-barIf you want to create the look in your home, this handsome new globe mini-bar from our collection of globe furniture could be a good place to start your journey. The nautical map makes the wooden globe look like an antique used by 18th century explorers, but it actually opens to reveal a hidden drinks cabinet. Aubusson Zebra Throw Pillow

A zebra or other wild animal throw pillow or rug conjures up far-flung adventures. Rest assured, no zebras have been harmed in the making of this fine new Aubusson Zebra throw pillow. It is handwoven in 100% wool!

Armchair explorer decorFrom our selection of new and antique travel trunk furniture, I love this new Jonathan Charles Voyager chest of drawers. The leather and oak chest looks like an antique travel trunk, fully fitted with a removable top tray to store all your small keepsakes. Even the two small drawers and one large lower drawer are lined with vintage style maps. We also sell the matching coffee table, which is just as finely detailed.

Do you like the armchair explorer decor style? Do you have it in your home? Send us a postcard via the comments box below!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Best of May 2014: Creative Antique Decor

It’s always great to see how our clients blend antiques into their decor. This month we also took a little journey around some historic inns that boast antique decor. Let’s revisit our favorite interior design and antique decor blog posts from May.

 

Creative antique decor: antique French nightstand in the kitchenIn our series of client spotlights, we showed how Kathleen in Oklahoma cleverly turned a French antique nightstand into a pretty kitchen table with storage! The walnut and marble nightstand in the Henry II style dates to 1900 and Kathleen has given it a whole new lease on life.

That blog post also showed other creative ways to repurpose antiques, including a Tibetan altar and a 19th-century antique English secretary. I love to see antique decor used in unusual ways. You can bet these pieces are a terrific conversation starter when guests arrive!
Art Nouveau Chandelier in antique decor dining room
Our Art Nouveau chandelier client spotlight told how commercial pilot Gary found an antique chandelier in our gallery that rivaled one he saw in Rome, Italy! The Italian antiques dealer wouldn’t negotiate the very expensive price so Gary browsed the vintage and antique lighting on our website. He liked our wide selection, high quality, and reasonable prices. Gary lives in nearby North Carolina so he visited us to choose this Art Nouveau chandelier. Doesn’t it look stunning in his elegant dining room?
Monmouth Historic InnThis gorgeous hallway is in the Monmouth Historic Inn in Natchez, MS. It was built in 1818 and the rooms are furnished with antebellum-era antiques. It’s just one of the places to visit in our post on beautiful historic inns around the country. The inns all boast delightful antique decor to add to the romance!
antique decor
In our series of posts on 2014 home decor trends, we took a look at trendy but timeless nailhead trim on furniture. These very rare antique French Hunting chairs in the gallery offer a fine example. The embossed leather panels are attached to the ornately carved oak chair frames by attractive nailheads that were crafted and placed in 1880!
Nailhead trim on Ambella Home SideboardFast forward to 2014 and even the high-quality reproduction furniture we carry looks neat with nailheads! How about this impressive Ambella Home Manhattan collection sideboard?
Thanks for sharing the month with me. I’ll be back with more antique decor and home design inspirations in June!

 

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Visit a Beautiful Historic Inn this Spring!

If you’re looking for a spring getaway, why not check into one of these historic inns? Some beautiful old houses around the country have been renovated to their former glory and turned into an inn. Many boast antique furniture and period decor too. It’s a great way to step into history and enjoy the antiques lifestyle!

Simpson House Historic InnSimpson House Inn in gorgeous Santa Barbara, California, is an old Victorian estate in an acre of English gardens. The guest rooms in this luxurious historic inn are scattered between the 1874 Victorian home and restored barn and garden cottages. The Victorian decor includes antique clawfoot tubs and antique beds – so romantic!

Monmouth Historic InnTucked away in Natchez, Mississippi, you’ll find the Monmouth Historic Inn. Natchez is 90 miles southwest of Jackson, MS, and it’s actually the oldest city on the Mississippi River. The Monmouth Historic Inn was built in 1818 and the rooms boast period decor and antebellum-era antiques. You really are stepping back in time!

Monmouth Historic InnThis hall in the Monmouth Historic Inn shows the detail in the period decor and antique furniture. No wonder it’s a National Historic Landmark. If you can tear yourself away to explore outside the inn, you can wander around 26 landscaped acres.

Roycroft historic inn The Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, New York, is a wonderful place for anyone who loves Arts and Crafts decor. The National Historic Landmark opened as an inn in 1905, as a hub for artists in the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

As you might expect, there is some lovely woodwork in the old inn. The library has an old stone fireplace and you can also see original Alexis Jean Fournier murals in the foyer.

The Preservation Directory lists historic inns in every state if you’d like to find one closer to home. Or tell us about your own favorite historic inn in the comment box below!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Portobello Road Antiques Market

Portobello Road street signMany of our customers enjoy trips to Europe as much as we do, and if you’ve ever been to London you might have visited the Portobello Road antiques market. If you haven’t been to this famous antiques market, then it’s worth thinking about for your next visit, if only for the very British experience! Portobello Road claims to be the world’s largest antiques market.

Portobello Road London Alices antiquesThe main market happens every Saturday when dealers set up their street stalls to join the shops and arcades spread out along the road. Get there early if you want a bargain. The market generally starts at around 8:30 am but some customers start haggling even earlier, asking dealers “what’s your best on that?” even while the antiques are being unpacked! In winter, the dark mornings can be “a bit nippy” as the English say. Sometimes dealers have stood on piles of newspapers inside cardboard boxes, to insulate their frozen toes from the cold sidewalk. Portobello Road is a colorful sight to see, in so many ways!

Portobello Road antiques marketBy noon, the street is packed as everyone comes out to browse. You can hunt for everything from antique furniture to ceramics, antiques clocks, vintage jewelry and clothing, and all kinds of bric-a-brac. The hundreds of stalls can be overwhelming, but hey! That’s what makes Portobello Road antiques market such fun. Even if you come away empty-handed you’ve had a good time chatting with the locals.

Portobello Road pubWhen you need a break from the crowds, retreat to the old Earl of Lonsdale pub on the corner of Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove. This traditional Victorian pub has plenty of intimate nooks to take a rest and a big beer garden too for sunny days. Order a pint of beer and some steak and ale pie to refuel!

The Portobello Road antiques market began in the 1940s in a very humble way. London’s ‘Rag and Bone’ men began selling used household items and curios to the wealthy people who lived in the fancy terrace houses. My, how it’s grown!

If you’ve been to Portobello Road antiques market, we’d love to hear your stories about it. Tell us in the comments box below. And if you plan a London trip, check out my blog post on Historic Hotels of London!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.