I have often envied Wench Nicola (and now Wench Jo since she's moved back to England) for their ability to pop in to various stately homes and use them for the settings of their stories. I can't do that. I'm a 26 hour plane ride from the UK, and a few thousand dollars, so I have to find my settings on line, and from memory, mostly.
But sometimes, a setting can inspire, even though historically it's not authentic.
In the last couple of months I've conducted a few writing workshops at the beautiful National Trust property of Rippon Lea. It's a large Victorian-era house, built in 1868.