It wasn’t just the incredible fashion from the Dior Resort collection that got my attention – the show’s location was equally as captivating all on it’s own. I’m embarrassed to ask though, am I the only one who hadn’t heard of Blenheim Palace? I immediately recognized the exterior from Richard Branagh’s Hamlet, but knew little about the English estate itself: Enter my good friend Google.
So apparently Blenheim Palace, is the only non-royal “palace” there is. Rather, it’s considered a country house and is located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. The grant for its construction was gifted to the first Duke of Marlborough by Queen Anne in 1704 for his victory at the Battle of Blenheim.Oh and the first duke of Marlborough also went by the name of John Churchill. After the palace was built he and his family would go on to inhabit the estate, where his descendants continue to live today.
If the last name Churchill caught your eye, you’re onto something. Yep, Winston Churchill is part of the duke’s lineage and was actually born at Blenheim on November 30th of 1874.
As far as numbers, the Palace is 200,000 square feet! The interior is comprised of everything you’re probably already thinking – a great hall, grand library, drawing rooms, sitting rooms, grand murals covering the ceilings and elaborate interior architecture.
More than its grand interior, the Palace is known for its extensive landscape, with flowing streams and blooming gardens that sit on 2,000 – yes TWO THOUSAND – acres!!
Today, the palace is open to tourists. So if you didn’t make to the Dior Resort show there’s still time to experience with great “palace” that’s as rich in history as it is in beauty.