Harewood House is the home of the present Lord Harewood, the 7th Earl. The estate was bought in 1738, the family being sugar merchants, owning plantations in Barbados.
In 1753 the Earl's son, Baron Edwin inherited and commissioned the building of the house.The house was very opulent and the Chippendale furnishings alone cost £10,000 and that was 3 centuries ago. The furnishings were set against Adams architecture and ceilings and can still be seen today.
At the time that William Willberforce was pushing for the abolition of slavery, the then Earl stood against him as obviously his sugar plantations relied on slave labour.
The present Lord Harewood is the Queen's cousin. Princess Mary, who was the daughter of Queen Mary and King George 5th, married the 6th Earl. When she died in 1965 the house was opened up to the public.
In all of the great country houses that I have visited I would say that the below stairs kitchens were the most fully stocked and well preserved that I have ever seen. The house holds outstanding collections of fine art and porcelain.
There are extensive grounds and fine gardens but I took photos of the house and Terrace Garden only as we were becoming tired of getting wet. These were taken in torrential rain.