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England: Castles, Cottages, and Countryside

Terri - AV September 08, 2017

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As a fan of British movies and reader of British novels, I’ve long wanted to view the great country estates of the nobility, take a trip to the ever-mentioned Bath, and see the English countryside I’ve read about so often. The DVD England: Castles, Cottages, and Countryside promises this and more.  The segment on the English “treasure houses” is narrated by a typically understated British narrator; the other segments are hosted by Smart Travels’ Rudy Maxa. All episodes cover their subjects well. In the homes we are treated not only to thorough scenes of the grounds and the most splendid rooms of castles dating from Medieval times to the 1760s, but we also get to see the treasures for which each castle is famous, such as works of art, furniture, armor, an antique car collection, and hothouse plants. In some of the homes we also get to meet the current owners and even see some of the family rooms. At times the background music interferes with the narration, but I’m not one to complain about classical music while I’m viewing pictures of some lovely homes and countryside. This DVD delivered on its purpose of offering a better acquaintance with places often mentioned by Jane Austen’s characters or seen in British television and movies. Overall rating: B

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