This is a private family home that allows public access to its surrounding zoo. Many of the zoos in England are on the estates of grand houses - usually implying that the family who owns the house needs the income from the zoo visitors. What's great is that the parents get to enjoy seeing the lovely house and its gardens while the kids are happy looking at the animals. Also, they have these clever things called ha-has, which are especially dug trenches to keep the animals contained, so there is no necessity for fencing. My kids happen to love this house too, because it looks like a castle.
Sudeley Castle belongs to my friend Molly Brocklehurst, who worked with me at Gagosian Gallery in the 90's. The house itself is stunning, but the most jawdropping part for me are the ruins and the chapel, dating back to the 15th century.
This is my kids' school. I feel happy every day when we drive up to be greeted by such a beautiful building surrounded by cows and sheep.
This is my friend Adam Fuss' house in Dorset. It is from the 1500's and has very few modern conveniences. Sleeping there is like going back in time.
My daughter Coco and I were headed to a car boot sale, and we arrived at this incredible thing. It was originally a house, but now functions as a shooting lodge, and also as a venue for public events.
This is a village house in a nearby town. I love the windows.
A local friend of ours is about to move into his parents massive house. In the meantime he's been slumming it in this cottage. Poor guy.
I drive by this thatch cottage everyday on my way to the kids' school. Thatching is a work of art - I wish you could see up close the structure of intricate and beautifully laid wires holding it all together.
This house in Somerset belongs to our very close friends Lulu and Cosmo. I love the irony - on the outside it is a perfect example of classic Georgian architecture, while on the inside it is filled with eccentric and unconventional belongings.
I don't remember where this house was, just that I saw it on the way to my son's soccer match. The entrance took my breath away.
This is our garden shed. I photograph it nearly every day. Its a great subject for recording beautiful light, seasonal changes, and the evolution of the garden.
Chastleton is now owned by the National Trust, a government-funded collection of beautiful houses and gardens around England. It's slightly out of my way on the school run, but every so often I drive that way to have the pleasure of seeing it.