Bulmer & District
Bulmer & District History Group
BULMER TYE HOUSE
One of Gainsborough's most famous paintings is of the Andrews family whom he knew when he llived in Suffolk. It was one of their sons, a parson, who in the 18th century ‘modernised’ this house, most of which dates back to the reign of Elizabeth 1, by putting in huge sash windows and so forth. Today its old timbers resonate to the sound of music (played by family or guests), for Peter Owen is a maker of very fine clavichords and much of the interesting furniture seen in the rooms. A hexagonal table with a complex pattern of end-
His wife is an authority on antiques, which she writes articles and books on (under the name of Noel Riley); so not surprisingly there are some unusual period pieces in the house. Instead of using furnishing fabrics with a traditional look, the Owens have contrasted the antiques with strong modern patterns — a Bauhaus design for curtains in one room, an Aztec-
The large garden is notable for its fine trees some are 200 years old) which include copper beeches, walnuts, cedars and yews, as well as a number of unusual plants. The garden also has a grass tennis court.
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