Return to Garsington

The October 2013 issue of  The World of Interiors features a fantastic article and photographs about OTT's Garsington. Behind The Scene. Written by Catherine Ingrams-who lived at Garsington as a child wrote the piece and the beautifully evocative photography of Christopher Simon Skyes transports us right back to what could easily have been an Ottoline day there.

Ingrams's father- Leonard- created an impromptu opera house at Garsington-also the Ingrams family home. Today the house has been restored to a private family home.

The stage entrance-from the side door to the stone Loggia
Ottoline commissioned Philip Tilden to design the Loggia on the East side of the house

Inside, this sunlit Hall,
 in OTTOLINE's Day painted a 'dark peacock-blue green'

 Once called The Red Room (by Ott) 
after its Venetian Red paint, now The Oak Room

Group Portrait from Ottoline's Scrapbook taken in the Red Room

Conscious of the history of Garsington the author's mother, Rosalind, selected furniture, wallpapers, and paints over her thirty year stewardship that adhered to the home's heyday-but reflected her taste and her vision of Home for her children.

A Stairway at Garsington photographed by Sykes echoes the tripping of Ottoline's elegant well heeled foot on the Stair-her touch on the banister-and the rustle of skirt on the tread as she ascended to rooms above.

If you love Ottoline & Garsington & can find a copy of the October issue it's well worth the effort. There are many additional photographs and a lovely story by Ingrams about the house during her lifetime.

all of the original photographs of GARSINGTON in Ottoline's day can be found at the NPG Here.


  1. THIS is the most brilliant and insightful blog post on the entire internet!!!

    What wonderful descriptions of the past beauties! And that reach right into the new!

    Bravo! Lovely! I could move right into that house.......(that patina sends me over the edge!!!) with my toothbrush! (an American expression..maybe only mine!!)
    Meaning I wouldn't move a thing; and I wouldn't even change a lampshade!

    Haven't seen anything here for decades I could say that about!!!

  2. Wonderful Gaye, I love the sunlit loggia leading to the stage entrance!

    Jay Jeffers Collected Cool!

  3. when I attended the University of Virginia in the early 1990s I became acquainted with Lady Ruth Wheeler-Bennett who lived at Garsington in the 40s ans 50s.

  4. What you are doing with this blog is so precious. I just would like to thank you.