Lindisfarne – the Lutyens connection
I have lived and breathed Lutyens and Castle Drogo for the last 30 months and as a result I have come across other Lutyens projects most notably his other ‘Castle’ project Lindisfarne. I have been dying to visit it and luckily this summer I was able to on my summer holidays. Lindisfarne is an ‘upgrade’ not a new built – so how do the two Castles compare?
The first thing that strikes you about Lindisfarne is it location – equally as spectacular a Drogo.
Located on its rocky knoll on Holy Island in Northumbria Lindisfarne competes well with Drogo located on Dartmoor above the Teign Gorge. Of course Lindisfarne has a longer histroical lineage.
Once within the Castle / house though you can see Lutyens’ thumb prints throughout. Indeed on many occasions it was rather surreal – was I at Drogo or Lindisfarne? The following pictures I hope make that point and also illustrate the genius and style of our greatest 20th century architect.
A beautiful Lutyens designed table and fireplace in the dining room.
The plate holders
Roof and windows
An ‘arrow’ Cross
The great man himself
The only real difference between Drogo and Lindisfarne is the garden – Lindisfarne: a Lutyens/Jekylls garden; Drogo: a Lutyens Dillistone garden
The hand of Lutyens dominates both properties and they are both fantastic, a delight and definately worth a visit.
My full photo set of Lindisfarne and Holy Island can be viewed here.