The Guardian has just added the baroque Castle Howard in Yorkshire, designed by English playwright and architect Sir John Vanbrugh, to their list of the most Beautiful Buildings of Britain. I must say that I have to agree with this choice! It’s really a stunning place and has been owned by the same family for many generations. Howard says they’ve been in the house through good times and bad times and that he will stay there until he “shuffles off to his mortal coil”. He also says they “struggle on” which was picked up by commenters, but the narrator says that the struggle is to keep it in the family, and they’ve been working on repairing the house since a fire in 1940!The house is the first country house to have a dome added to it, rather like St. Paul’s Cathedral in London with its whispering gallery. Take a look at this wonderful little Guardian video, here.