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"Author Kathryn Masson and photographer Paul Rocheleau share a behind-the-scenes glimpse ito the lifestyles of horse enthusiasts, interior designers, and world-travelers who live in some of the most historic and beautiful areas of the country." ~Albemarle

"This beautiful book shows how designers and homeowners have adapted the English country aesthetic to life in the American landscape." ~Home & Design

"Through all-new, color photography, Hunt Country Style showcases twenty-five houses that wonderfully epitomize this tradition and evoke its most inviting and beloved features." ~Living Spaces

"...the buildings, including the historical architectural styles and the countryside are the real stars. This is a beautiful book." ~Newsday

“Home décor aficionados will find themselves in ecstasy as they take in the posh interiors and exteriors, with antiques, art, classic appointments, and accoutrements.” ~In & Around Horse Country

About the Author

Kathryn Masson, a long-time resident of Virginia’s Hunt Country, is the author of Historic Houses of Virginia, Santa Barbara Style, Napa Valley Style, and Sonoma Valley Style. Paul Rocheleau is co-photographer of Frank Lloyd Wright: The Masterworks and American Masterworks: The Twentieth Century House.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (April 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847829499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847829491
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When you buy design books online, a lot of times you purchase them simply for the pretty cover and hope that the inside pages offer as much as the outside. This book far outshines the cover. As well as showing the interiors and exteriors of some of the most beautiful houses in the Hunt Country of Virginia, it serves as a historical guide to the area and a travel log for a long, leisurely trip you would like to take to see these houses, farms and incredible rolling hills.

This book offers a glimpse into a lifestyle that not everyone can live or possibly afford, but it's not pretentious. I applaud all the owners in this book for having the means to keep these gems in such great condition and for letting us peek in.
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I purchased this lovely book after a short stay in Middleburg, Virginia.
The book captures the spirit and beauty of this remarkable part of America like no other document that I have ever encountered. Highly recomended.
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This book does not disappoint in photography and text as it samples some beautiful Virginia Hunt Country homes and farms. A brief historical and chronological chapter heading of each featured home is included at the top of the page. The text is interesting without being tedious and there are enough beautiful photographs of each property's interiors and exteriors to leave one completely satisfied. The only fault is that on page 48 the text ends in an incomplete sentence, which appears to be a printing error.
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I briefly previewed Hunt Country Style in a store before ordering it. When the book arrived, I was naturally able to get into it more thoroughly. Frankly, I am going to give my copy away rather than keep it on a book shelf. Although I recognize the goal of the authors, many of the rooms were simply mediocre, the settings not so well done. I have been around the Blue Grass and many parts of Virginia, and much of the decorating I saw in this book didn't strike me as being so good or in keeping with the best in those areas -- which, in fact, have some of the prettiest work anywhere in the country. Sorry to be so harsh, but the more time I spent with this book (again last evening), the more these feelings surfaced. I will say that many of the exteriors were far more fascinating than the rooms inside, and the text was insightful.
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This book was so fulfilling. There is beauty and inspiration on every page. I became emotionally involved the moment I opened to the first page. The photography is awesome and worthy of being framed and admired on the wall. I believe that I can receive inspiration from this book on any decorating project I undertake. Buy this book and treasure it. I bought Charlotte Moss's books "A Flair for Living" and "Design Inspirations" and was totally disappointed. I was through both in a few minutes, confident that they will be of no practical use. On the shelf they go, while "Hunt Country Style" will have a place of honor on the table by my chair to be enjoyed during quiet comtemplation.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is filled with beautiful photographs of this unique part of our country. I bought the book because my home is decorated in "hunt style," but found that what I loved most about it was that it was replete with history about the area. Anyone who has or has had a love affair with a horse will love the book for that reason alone.
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Beautifull book. This book explores some of the "beautifull" homes in the Middleburg area. The pictures are very well done and the written article on each house is superb. The preservation of these homes is a delight to see, especially "Welbourne" and "Oakland Green". This author has captured the "essence" of old homes in the "Northern Virginia" area.
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This book is rather well done from all aspects - presentation and layout, wonderful photography, well written, and providing a good balance of the homes origins through current ownership. It is on quality paper stock, with good binding, and uses an appealing type face which does not try to be academic nor is it fluffy with large fonts. This book by not being an oversized coffee table offering nor as thick as a phone book makes it easily held and enjoyable to revisit multiple times. Paul Rocheleau deserves tremendous recognition for the rich photography that not only captures interiors but the landscape these homes enjoy.

Hunt Country Style, in case anyone is doing comparisons, is a vastly different offering from say Vickie Moon's book 'Equestrian Style'. That book is not focused on homes but rather the various equine sport disciplines and with it the decor that accompanies followers of each. To that point the use of 'style' in the title is somewhat misleading as it's not a decoration book although visually anyone could pick up several idea from the interior shots. Instead the reader is invited to enjoy homes that are truly lived in, they are honestly decorated homes vs. stages, and more often than not working homes by people who are horse owners. The focus varies from Virginia residences in the Middleburg region to Charlottesville. All of them are private homes which makes this all the more unique.

Kathryn Masson would be well encouraged to explore a follow up offering with such additional homes such as North Wales, St. Brides, Ayrshire Farm, Canterbury, and Melrose Castle.
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