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  • Puresouthern

    Even though some of the rooms weren’t completely furnished, that was breathtaking. Love this.

  • Grrrowler

    This is simply a gorgeous house. The grounds are lovely, and the half timber style looks fairly authentic (compared to something in England that is). I love the interior details and think the restoration was done really well. This will be beautiful filled with overstuffed chairs and sofas along with more Tudor-era antiques.

    There are numerous other pics, before most of the furnishings were removed, in the previous listing here: http://www.sanfranciscofinehomes.com/12335Stonebrook.htm

  • Teddi

    One of the very few (perhaps only) American built Tudor mansion I’ve ever seen that actually looks like the genuine thing. Lovely craftsmanship. Amazing attention to detail. Inside looks like you stepped into an actual Tudor English estate home. Wouldn’t believe it was CA if I hadn’t read the description first. Still kinda waiting on Kenny to say “gotchya”.

    My personal issue is that I LOVE Tudor-style homes, on the outside. But hate all the oppressive dark wood paneling and flooring everywhere. Nothing to do with the home, just a personal thing. If I could find a way to have a Tudor exterior with a not-so-Tudor interior without making the house appear schizophrenic, I would, but I doubt there is a way to accomplish that.

    • Grrrowler

      “If I could find a way to have a Tudor exterior with a not-so-Tudor interior…” So, you’re saying you want any newly-built mansion in England? 😉

      • Teddi


        NO! It can’t just be any mansion in England. Have you seen the floorplans for Nutbourne Park? I was 5 seconds away from twitching myself into a bona fide conniption.

        • Grrrowler

          I did the floor plans, and then quickly deleted them from my memory banks. They were drought with issues! So, I’m glad to hear you’re pickier than just accepting any Tudor exterior with a non-Tudor interior 😉

          • Teddi

            Goodness no. I may be a shameless Anglophile, but I can’t give their architecture and decor a free pass just because I love all things British.

            If I ever make it big, woe befall the architect who decides to build my dreamhouse. I am unashamedly picky to a fault.

            Nutbourne Park had this amazing land of flora and fauna with streams and gently rolling hills. My brain started throwing out words like Utopia and Xanadu. I looked at all those wonderful acres and had an out of body experience imagining a modern day Pemberley. Grandeur and class, but with a 21st century twist. I couldn’t wait to see how they would work that out. Then I saw the plans. *sigh* I’m still recovering. But my brain won’t let it go. It keeps whispering things like “why?” “what were they thinking?” and “WTF?” over and over again.

  • Limedaiquar

    Tudor ain’t my style. The ballroom, stair area, and exterior are nice. But I hate the diagonal fireplace corners in some of the rooms. Bleh.

  • Organbrett

    I was taught in college that what most people (incl. most real estate agents) believe to be Tudor is this type of home. It is not Tudor at all but correctly called “Elizabethan Half-Timber”. That being said, it is such a lovely home that I would give my left @&$ to own it!

    • Long Gallery

      Well, if we’re nitpicking, the house is really Tudor-Revival. In truth, however, this house could be correctly described as “Tudor” by most anyone, including historians, heritage professionals, and members of RIBA. Half-timbered house construction predates the reign of Elizabeth I by almost 200 years or more. Many of the best known-examples of the type – Little Moreton Hall (1504 and later), Speke Hall (1530), the Guild Hall at Lavenham and Lower Brockhampton (1400’s) are pre-Elizabethan era. So, half-timbering – especially in combination with brick, can safely be described as “Tudor” – especially since Elizabeth herself was a Tudor.

      While half-timbering of this type did grow slightly more complex during the time of Elizabeth’s reign, England’s forests were being denuded by the middle of the 16th century, and far fewer half-timbered houses were being built. Indeed, when architectural historians refer to an “Elizabethan” style, they generally refer to later period homes that were built of stone, without any half-timbering at all. These would include houses like Burghley House, Montacute, and Hardwick Hall.

      Of course, if you Google-search “Elizabethan houses” a number of half-timbered examples will show up…primarily because they were lived in by Elizabethans, not built by them.

      In the end, it matters little. I just have to laugh when I sometimes hear a realtor refer to a “Tudor-Colonial” – as if there ever was such a thing.

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