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Highland Living: Landscape, Style, and Traditions of Scotland Hardcover – February 16, 2010

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About the Author

Lady Cawdor, an interior decorator, is a former Vogue fashion editor and stylist. Stéphane Bern is known for his portraits of royal families and figures. He is a popular French radio personality. Franck Ferrand has published Bordeaux Châteaux, Jacques Garcia, and a number of historical biographies. Guillaume de Laubier is a lifestyle photographer. His work has been featured in Elle Décoration, Vogue, and A French Country Home.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion; 1St Edition edition (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080301330
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080301338
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By borogroves on March 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a stitch. It has very little -- or almost nothing, really -- to do with living in the Highlands, and actually not that much to do with Scotland. The photos are beautiful, really gorgeous (though note as said before that it's not a huge coffee table book). Cawdor Castle is fun to tour, and it's even more fun to rent one of the cottages (though seriously overpriced).

But this book! It's a vanity book about the Dowager Countess of Cawdor, a Czechoslovakian import called Angelika (and a friend of M. Hubert Givenchy). Her prose, mostly, it looks like (she was a close personal friend of M. Dior) and some odd recounting of Scots history and a bit of legend here and there. Her version of the current estate battle is that it has entered "calmer waters" but you'll be amused by running her name through a search engine (and do note that she became a close friend of M. Balenciaga). Her thoughts on a few things (you have GOT to check out her theory of trees, on page 106). Her modern art. Her descriptions. The Dowager Countess in her youth was "graced with a slender, almost feline silhouette, a high forehead topped with a mane of auburn hair, and mysterious pale turquoise eyes..." and of course, she knew Madame Chanel personally. And the Duke of Windsor -- the Duchess simply had to put up with her as Angelika spoke German to the Duke.

But the photos are gorgeous. The decor is faboo. The recipes are not bad. Cawdor's really a lovely place to visit; and the book has the same proportion of readable text as does this review.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tea&BookLover on March 14, 2010
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First, the disappointment: it is smaller than what I was expecting. Please note the dimensions before you buy if you are expecting a big coffee table book.

The second surprise (I wouldn't say disappointment at all) was that it wasn't about all of the highlands like it sounded, but mostly about Cawdor Castle which is in the highlands.

I plunked down with this new book that I've been waiting literally months for and spent hours on a Sunday afternoon pouring over it and reading all the text too. I very much enjoyed reading all about Lady Cawdor's life and the history of the castle and lands.

The photos are spectacular, just gorgeous!

This book made up for anything bad I originally felt and I truly love it, it's a keeper!
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I purchased a copy (signed by the current owner, Dowager Countess Angelika Cawdor) in the gift shop at Cawdor Castle, mainly because photography is not allowed inside the Castle since it is still a family home. Of all the castles and palaces we visited while in Scotland, Cawdor Castle was the most impressive in terms of the decor and gardens. I'm sure this is due to the fact that it is still fully furnished, right down to the stacks of books on end tables and pens and pencils on the desks, and an extensive collection of art covering every surface and wall. One of the docents indicated that the Countess is still collecting art, though I can't imagine where she's going to hang it. It looks like the furniture is just moved slightly aside to make a path through the rooms, a sturdy runner carpet is laid down, velvet ropes are draped and it's ready for the tourist season which runs May through September.

The book features beautiful photographs of most of the rooms that are on tour, as well as the gardens and nearby woods. The text that is interspersed among the photographs covers the history of the Castle, the connection with King MacBeth, and some descriptions of life in the Highlands. There are even a few pages of Scottish recipes at the end of the book. It's a lovely memento of our trip to not only the Castle, but this beautiful country.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Carpenter on July 11, 2010
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Less Highland living than decor in this Cawdor Castle. Still makes for a great read.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Xoc on November 16, 2010
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Maybe you have to go there but this castle is bewitching. I've been twice, decades apart, and it still draws me. It is so impressive that I bought the book to keep the memory active, and the book almost lives up to the reality.

I've been to many castles and manor houses and I never bought "the book" until this one. I initially went to this castle because I am a Shakepeare fan and could not resist the MacBeth connection. Cawdor Castle has it's portraits and fine furniture as others do. But it has a warmth, a "livable" quality (and it is lived in but I have to assume the family lives on the upper floors that are off-limits) that eludes other display castles. The book goes beyond the castle, however, to explore highland life. In a land that is mostly rugged, one often finds great warmth in the people and inns and traditions.
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