Visit: Pollok House, Pollok Country Park 2060 Pollokshaws Road 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow G43 1AT Scotland
Take a wander round Pollok House’s upper floors for a fascinating insight into the upper-class Edwardian lifestyle. The luxurious family rooms are packed full of period furniture and artefacts; the library was designed to hold 7,000 books. A vast art collection was amassed by Sir William Stirling Maxwell, including an extraordinary number of Spanish paintings and portraits of the Habsburg rulers. You can also admire the unfinished portrait of Sir John Maxwell, started in 1822 and thought to be Raeburn’s last painting.
Venture below stairs and a labyrinth of tiled passageways is an eye-opener to the scale of work it took to run this house. At its heyday, Pollok had 48 members of staff to look after just 3 residents.