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- 18th-century mansion with fine interiors and walled garden. York’s ‘country house and garden’, this imposing Georgian mansion was built in 1716 and contains one of the most impressive baroque interiors in England. Exceptional wood carving, an unusual central corridor running the full length of the house and over 100 portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery can be seen. There is also a fully equipped Victorian laundry, delightful walled garden and interesting sculptures in wood. Most rooms have no electric light. Visitors wishing to make a close study of the interior and portraits should avoid dull days early and late in the season. A series of building and development works will at times affect the external appearance of the house in 2005.