from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A house or mansion in the country, as distinguished from a town-house; a country-seat.


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  • Garden and country-house operas are an ideal way of seeing how the "other half" lives—though beware, one can easily be overcome with what Lucinda Bredin, arts editor of the Week and editor of Bonhams magazine, describes as "picnic envy."

    Music Inhabits Summer Gardens

  • This was the England of country-house parties, separate bedrooms and well understood liaisons.

    Ettie: The Intimate Life and Dauntless Spirit of Lady Desborough | Edwardian Promenade

  • "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is performed on the same unit set as "Pride and Prejudice," a two-story country-house facade painted to look like a summer sky that overlooks a wide-open playing area.

    They Are Playing It Safe—And Smart

  • Its five-day winter-walking expeditions in the Cairngorms from £575pp suit people with little or no experience, with accommodation in a cosy country-house hotel.

    Culture in Glasgow, cosy pubs in the Cotswolds

  • Enid Bagnold, the author of "National Velvet," pulled a black rabbit out of her hat when she wrote "The Chalk Garden," a coolly sardonic country-house comedy about a family whose peculiarities turn out not to be so funny after all.

    Seen Enough of Stanley Kowalski? Me, Too

  • I've never found Alan Davies as hilarious as he finds himself on QI, but I did laugh at his new sitcom Whites, in which he played Roland, the bored genius head chef of a country-house restaurant, lazing about dictating a memoir about his love for offal instead of getting on with some work.

    Downton Abbey; Whites; DCI Banks; Inspector George Gently; Horizon

  • You don't expect a country-house comedy of bad manners to end with an air raid in which two characters get blown to smithereens.

    Smile as the Bomb Goes Off

  • At Britain's popular country-house black-tie operas, there is almost always a decent restaurant.

    Eat, Drink and Be Entertained

  • I'd been thinking a lot about Brideshead and other country-house novels.


  • As all country-house dwellers know, you must curb the mice problem before it gets out of hand.

    Amy Chavez: Mother Nature


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