Ouida and Basil Rathbone (Sherlock before Cumberbatch) entertained lavishly and often – I thought you might like to see their home:

ouida and basil rathbone

at home with the rathbones

Basil Rathbone dining room

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  1. March 22, 2013

    Thank you so much.I have never ever seen any of those pictures.Rathbone for me was the very image of Sherlock Holmes depicted in the stories newspaper incarnation.

    • March 22, 2013

      Apparently he was know for throwing parties and dinners, as (I’m finding out) was Dirk Bogarde. And, I’m sure they did it with staff – something that none of us is familiar with – another era.

  2. January 3, 2014

    Lovely and lovely dogs too.

  3. January 3, 2014

    Now that is a swanky house to say the least.

  4. George Kaplan
    January 3, 2014

    Fabulous home. Oh, don’t mention Cumberbatch in the same breath as Basil! The notion of people calling Holmes Sherlock and him not eviscerating them with words brings me out in hives. *winks*
    Hm. Basil and Dirk. I’m making no further comment!

    • January 5, 2014

      Wouldn’t that be Benedict and Basil?

  5. January 4, 2014

    Dearest V
    In the vein of Mr George all I can say is that Mr Rathbone ‘Had something of an eye for interior design!”.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • January 5, 2014

      A friend of mine was a student in a High School where his daughter taught, loved her, but told me she unfortunately bore a strong resemblance to her father.

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