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Historic houses in the UK, such as Royal Burgh of Culross, are featured underneath. Our selection of Historic houses feature some unique architecture, unrivalled decor and interiors, many with glorious gardens and grounds.

Royal Burgh of Culross

Royal Burgh of Culross, Culross, Fife


Culross Palace was built for Sir George Bruce between 1597 and 1611 and has original interiors with painted woodwork. On display are 17th and 18th century furniture, decorative items and a fine collection of Staffordshire and Scottish pottery. The... more


Hughenden, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

High Wycombe

Hughenden Manor was the home of Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli from 1848 until his death in 1881. Most of his furniture, pictures and books remain here, his private retreat from parliamentary life in London. On display is a collection of... more

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Brodsworth, Doncaster

Brodsworth Hall, once an opulent Victorian Hall, offers a fascinating insight into the changing fortunes of a previously wealthy family, with many of the original fixtures and fittings still in place. Crimson silk, chandeliers and vast gilt-framed... more

Chiswick House & Gardens

Chiswick House & Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, London

Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London

Walk into the entrance of Chiswick House, a classic example of 18th century British architecture, and the silence engulfs you. The roar of the traffic and the chaos of west London subsides as you slip into this wonderful Roman-style Palladian villa... more

House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve

House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve, Montrose, Angus


House of Dun is a Georgian house, overlooking the Montrose Basin, designed and built by William Adam in 1730 for David Erskine, Lord Dun. The superb plasterwork is by Joseph Enzer. Inside are collections of family portraits, 18th and 19th century... more

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village, Lacock, Chippenham, Wiltshire

Lacock, Chippenham

Lacock Abbey was founded in 1232 and converted into a country house in the mid-16th century, the cloisters and monastic rooms of the Abbey have survived largely intact. On the closure of the monastery it passed to William Sharington. The Strong Room... more

Stonor Park

Stonor Park, Stonor, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Stonor, Henley-on-Thames

Stonor Park has been the historic family home of the Stonor family, for over 850 years. The House and Chapel date from the 12th century with later additions. Inside there are rare furnishings, paintings, bronzes, silhouettes and sculptures. The... more

Adlington Hall and Gardens

Adlington Hall and Gardens, Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire

Mill Lane, Adlington, Macclesfield

One of the oldest and most historic houses in Cheshire, Adlington House has been the home to the Legh family since 1315 (prior to that it was the property of the Earl of Chester, one of William the Conqueror’s nephews). The hall is a living testament... more

Spencer House

Spencer House, 27 St James's Place, London, London

27 St James's Place, London

Spencer House, London´s finest surviving 18th century town house, was built in 1756-66 for the 1st Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales, (1961-97). It was designed by John Vardy and James `Athenian´ Stuart and houses a fine... more

Cobham Hall

Cobham Hall, Cobham, Gravesend, Kent

Cobham, Gravesend

So much history has happened at stunning Cobham Hall in Surrey that you can almost sense it as you walk through its hallowed grounds. This splendid site has been inhabited since 300AD (by a rather wealthy Roman family) and the likes of Queen... more

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Doe Lea, Chesterfield

Designed by Robert Smythson for Bess of Hardwick, Hardwick Hall is one of the greatest Elizabethan houses, surviving almost unchanged. The Hall contains one of Europe´s best collections of contemporary furniture, embroideries and tapestries, together... more

Gawthorpe Hall

Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley Road, Burnley, Lancashire

Burnley Road, Padiham, Burnley

Gawthorpe Hall was built in the early 17th century for Sir Richard Shuttleworth although the family owned the estate for 200 years before. Much of the original plasterwork remains and the long gallery is hung with early 17th century portraits. Many... more


Pencarrow, Washaway, Bodmin, Cornwall

Washaway, Bodmin

You can’t beat an English country house for history and character and the gorgeous Georgian confection known as Pencarrow at the foot of the valley between Bodmin and Wadebridge is no exception. The home of the Molesworth family (as any fule kno –... more

Godolphin House

Godolphin House, Godolphin Cross, Helston, Cornwall

Godolphin Cross, Helston

Godolphin House, a privately owned Tudor and Stuart Grade I mansion was begun in the 14th century, with additions made in later centuries - by the end of the 17th century there were over 100 rooms. The Godolphin family wealth came from the tin... more

The Merchant's House

The Merchant's House, 132 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire

132 High Street, Marlborough

The House of Thomas Bayly was built following the Great Fire of Marlborough in 1653. Over the years 1653-1700 a fine timber and brick building was constructed, its interior panelled, brilliant with wall paintings and a commanding oak staircase. ... more

Boughton House

Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire


The home of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry, Boughton House in Kettering, Northants, sits surrounded by idyllic English landscape and chocolate box country villages. The house, once a modest manor, was purchased by the Montagu family in 1528... more

Clevedon Court

Clevedon Court, Tickenham Road, Clevedon, Bath & Northeast Somerset

Tickenham Road, Clevedon

Clevedon Court is an outstanding 14th century manor house with parts of a massive 13th century Tower and Great Hall and much of the original building still evident. It has been home to the Elton Family since 1709. A large amount of the interior was... more

Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner, Alresford, Hampshire


Hinton Ampner house was completely destroyed by fire in 1960, along with Ralph Dutton´s collections of fine English furniture and Italian paintings. Rather than abandon the ruin, he set about building a new house. The furniture is mostly French and... more

Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall, Estate Office, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire

Estate Office, Burton Agnes, Driffield

Described as a “splendid and glittering composition”, the Elizabethan Burton Agnes Hall in South Driffield, South Yorkshire, is truly beautiful to behold. Built in 1598 by master mason to the queen (who also built Longleat, Wollaton and Hardwick), it... more

Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe, Tenterden, Kent

Smallhythe, Tenterden

Smallhythe Place is an early 16th century half timbered house, which was the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 until her death in 1928. It contains many personal and theatrical mementoes, and beautiful stage costumes from her... more

Chastleton House

Chastleton House, Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Oxfordshire

Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh

Chastleton House is one of England´s finest and most complete Jacobean houses filled with a mixture of rare and everyday objects - furniture and textiles collected since its completion in 1612, by the continuous occupation of one family. The rooms... more

Manx National Heritage

Manx National Heritage, Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man

Manx Museum, Kingswood Grove, Douglas

The Isle of Mann has a fascinating history which is all too often forgotten, holiday makers instead focusing on the 100 miles of sandy beaches. But sign up for the Story of Mann and you’ll get a whirlwind tour through life here across the centuries... more


Ascott, Wing, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire

Wing, Leighton Buzzard

The half-timbered Jacobean Ascott House started life as a modest hunting box and then country retreat back in the late 1800s when Leopold de Rothschild set his sights on it but later became much grander as successive family members made their mark.... more


Saltram, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon

Plympton, Plymouth

Saltram House is a remarkable Georgian mansion that features some of Robert Adam´s finest rooms. There are exquisite plasterwork ceilings and some rooms are decorated with original 18th century Chinese wallpaper. The fine collection of paintings... more

Fenton House & Garden

Fenton House & Garden, Hampstead Grove, London, London

Hampstead Grove, Hampstead, London

Fenton House is a charming William and Mary Merchants´ House set in Hampstead. It has altered little over the years and contains fine collections of Georgian furniture, porcelain and needlework. The Benton Fletcher Collection of early keyboard... more

Sandringham House

Sandringham House, Estate Office, Sandringham, Norfolk

Estate Office, Sandringham

Sandringham House is the country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and all the main ground floor rooms are used by the Royal Family. They are full of their ornaments and furniture, and numerous family portraits including Edward and Alexandra at the... more


Lanhydrock, Bodmin, Cornwall


Lanhydrock was originally a 17th century house which was almost totally destroyed in 1881 and is now one of the most fascinating late 19th century houses in England. Although the gatehouse and north wing survived, the rest of the house was rebuilt.... more

Glynde Place

Glynde Place, Glynde, Lewes, East Sussex

Glynde, Lewes

Glynde Place is a magnificent Elizabethan manor house set in the heart of the South Downs. It is the family home of Viscount and Viscountess Hampden whose forebears built the house in 1569 from local flint and stone fron Caen, Normandy. Portraits,... more


Antony, Torpoint, Cornwall


If you’ve ever seen Tim Burton’s movie Alice In Wonderland, the enigmatically named Antony will seem rather familiar – it provided the setting whilst Johnny Depp’s off the wall Mad Hatter’s Tea Party was all filmed in the grounds. This early 18th... more

St Mary´s House & Gardens

St Mary´s House & Gardens, Bramber, West Sussex


St Mary´s House is a magnificent medieval house with fine panelled interiors, including the unique Elizabethan ´Painted Room´ with its trompe l´oeil murals, giving an air of tranquillity and timelessness. The Drawing Room has a marquetry overmantle... more

Athelhampton House & Gardens

Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Dorchester, Dorset

Athelhampton, Dorchester

With a lineage stretching back to the 1400s, it’s not surprising that a walk around Althelhampton House in Dorset is a living history lesson. Its Great Hall is its centrepiece, built in 1485 as the main accommodation for the house’s inhabitants and... more

Leighton Hall

Leighton Hall, Carnforth, Lancashire


Award winning Leighton Hall is the lived-in house of the famous furniture making Gillow dynasty. A visit to Leighton is an opportunity to unravel the fascinating past of this ancient, Lancashire family and wander through the spectacular grounds and... more

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill, Quy Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Quy Road, Lode, Cambridge

In stark contrast to its original purpose as an abbey for religious worship, this Jacobean-style mansion later became all about pleasure seeking. Its owner in the 1930s was the future Lord Fairhaven and he took on the house with the intention of... more


Trerice, Kestle Mill, Newquay, Cornwall

Kestle Mill, Newquay

Trerice is a small Elizabethan manor house in a secluded setting. The highlight of the interior is the magnificient great chamber with its barrel ceiling. It houses fine fireplaces, oak and walnut furniture, interesting clocks, needlework and Stuart... more


Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent


If ever there was an argument for the importance of the National Trust, Kent’s Knole House is it. This 15th century palace built for bygone archbishops before becoming the property of Henry VIII and then the influential Sackville family (Vita... more

Shaw House

Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire

Church Road, Shaw, Newbury

Shaw House was built in 1581 by Newbury clothier Thomas Dolman. This fine Elizabethan building has enjoyed a colourful past from a Duke’s country retreat to a school. It was recently restored through a £6million project and the stories and characters... more

Cottesbrooke Hall

Cottesbrooke Hall, Cottesbrooke, Northampton, Northamptonshire

Cottesbrooke, Northampton

A classic country house cocooned by acres of lush grounds and woodland, Cottesbrooke Hall in Northamptonshire is a Queen Ann mansion built back in 1702 which many believe to be the inspiration for Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. Inside, portraits,... more

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire


Haddon Hall is a magnificent Medieval and Tudor manor house which has changed little since Tudor times. The Dukedom of Rutland was conferred on the Manners family in 1703, and Haddon Hall is still owned by them today. Heavy oak panelling dominates... more

Dalemain Historic House & Garden

Dalemain Historic House & Garden, Penrith, Cumbria


The medieval Tudor and Georgian Dalemain Historic House has been home to the Hasell family since 1679 with an interior that has not changed since the 18th century. The entrance hall has a shallow staircase made of local oak, and collections of china,... more

Tredegar House

Tredegar House, Coedkernew, Newport (Gwent), Newport

Coedkernew, Newport (Gwent)

Tredegar House is one of the architectural wonders of Wales and one of the most significant late 17th century houses in the whole of the British Isles. For over 500 years it was home to one of the greatest Welsh families, the Morgan’s, later Lords... more

Sudbury Hall & the National Trust Museum of Childhood

Sudbury Hall & the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Sudbury, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Sudbury, Ashbourne

Sudbury Hall is a most individual late 17th century house with rich interior decoration. The Great Staircase is one of the most elaborate in England and is richly decorated with baskets of fruit on the newel posts and scrolls of flowers down the... more

Normanby Hall Country Park & Farming Museum

Normanby Hall Country Park & Farming Museum, Normanby Hall Country Park, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

Normanby Hall Country Park, Normanby, Scunthorpe

Normanby Hall is a splendid Regency Mansion designed by Sir Robert Smirke and built between 1812 and 1830. On display are examples of fine furniture and also costume galleries. The Farming Museum shows the history of farming and rural crafts during... more

Renishaw Hall

Renishaw Hall, Renishaw Hall, Renishaw Park, Sheffield, Derbyshire

Renishaw Hall, Renishaw Park, Eckington, Sheffield

Home to the Sitwell family for 400 years. Renishaw is still very much a family home which adds to its unique atmosphere. Tours every Friday at 2.30pm in season enabling you to see some of the spectacular collections of art and furniture acquired by... more


Knightshayes, Bolham, Tiverton, Devon

Bolham, Tiverton

Knightshayes Court, designed by William Burges, is a gothic Victorian building dating from 1869, and a rare survival of his work. The house is entered under a carved porch by Thomas Nicholls. Much of the decoration was by J G Crace, with his... more

Treasurer's House, York

Treasurer's House, York, Minster Yard, York, North Yorkshire

Minster Yard, York

The Treasurer´s House, named after the Treasurer of York Minster and built over a Roman Road, nestles behind the Minster and dates back to 1091. It was carefully restored, by the wealthy Victorian industrialist Frank Green, between 1897 and 1930. It... more

Kew Palace

Kew Palace, 33 Kew Green, Richmond upon Thames, London

33 Kew Green, Richmond upon Thames

Built as a private house in 1631 and used by the royal family between 1729 and 1818, Kew Palace is a rather intimate little regal home once enjoyed by George III (he of The Madness of King George fame), Queen Charlotte and their 15 children. Inside,... more

Carlyle's House

Carlyle's House, 24 Cheyne Row, London, London

24 Cheyne Row, Chelsea, London

Head to the Victorian writer’s shrine in London’s Chelsea that is Carlyle’s House and you’ll learn all about great public speaker, ethical thinker and social essayist Thomas Carlyle. A beautiful Queen Anne house in a quiet side street of this... more

Chavenage House

Chavenage House, Chavenage, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Chavenage, Tetbury

A Cotswold manor pretty much unaltered for the last 400 years, Chavenage House in Gloucestershire is probably best known as Candleford Manor in the popular TV series Larkrise to Candleford. It was built in the classic Elizabethan E shape that it is... more

Osterley Park & House

Osterley Park & House, Jersey Road, Isleworth, London

Jersey Road, Isleworth

Robert Adam was commissioned in 1761 to transform Osterley Park House from a Tudor mansion into this neo-classical villa. The spectacular interiors contain one of Britain´s most complete examples of Adam´s work. Designed for entertaining, it contains... more


Stourhead, Nr Mere, Warminster, Wiltshire

Nr Mere, Warminster

Stourhead House is a Palladian mansion built in the 1720s, which was home to the Hoare family, who are the owners of Britain´s only surviving private bank. The entrance hall has a large collection of Hoare family portraits. The interior includes an... more

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