Beautiful but in miniature

If you have never seen Queen Mary’s dolls house, at Windsor Castle, it is worth putting on your list of places to visit – as and when we are allowed!

A miniature masterpiece, with books written especially for it by, amongst others:  J.M. Barrie, John Buchan, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Conrad, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, John Galsworthy, Robert Graves, Thomas Hardy, Aldous Huxley, Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham, A.A. Milne, Vita Sackwille-West, Edith Wharton and MR James who wrote The Haunted Dolls House.

A pair of shotguns (that actually break and load) made by Purdy, pipe tobacco by Dunhill and a beautifully detailed chess board made by Jaques & Co, inlaid with rosewood and ivory squares. There is even a garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll and a cellar with bottles of wine from Berry Bros.

It was comissioned to be made in 1921 and, as well as beautiful interiors, has electricity, hot and cold running water and a flushing lavatory!