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Location address: United Kingdom, Aylesbury Vale
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Mentmore Towers is a 19th-century English country house in the village of Mentmore in Buckinghamshire. The house was designed by Joseph Paxton and his son-in-law, George Henry Stokes, in the 19th-century revival of late 16th and early 17th-century Elizabethan and Jacobean styles called Jacobethan for the banker and collector of fine art Baron Mayer de Rothschild as a country home, display case for his collection of fine art and as an assertion of status. The mansion has been described as one of the greatest houses of the Victorian era. In keeping with the contents intended to be displayed within, the interiors take their inspiration principally from the Italian Renaissance, although the house also contains drawing rooms and cabinets decorated in the gilded styles of late 18th-century France. Historically it was first known simply as ‘Mentmore’. The design is closely based on that of Robert Smythson’s Wollaton Hall. Mentmore Towers is a Grade I listed building, with its park and gardens listed Grade II*.