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

Mompesson House

Mompesson House, The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire

The Close, Salisbury


Mompesson House, an elegant and spacious 18th century house in Cathedral Close, was built for Charles Mompesson in 1701. It has magnificent plasterwork, a fine oak staircase and good quality period furniture. The house also contains the Turnbull... 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

Cragside

Cragside, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland

Rothbury, Morpeth


Cragside, creation of Victorian inventor and landscape genius Lord Armstrong, is a garden of breathtaking drama whatever the season. Surrounding the house is one of the largest rock gardens in Europe. Beyond is a vast woodland garden where... more

Felbrigg Hall, Gardens & Estate

Felbrigg Hall, Gardens & Estate, Felbrigg, Norwich, Norfolk

Felbrigg, Norwich


Felbrigg Hall is one of the finest 17th century houses in East Anglia, with its original 18th century collection of furniture, mainly English and French, and one of the largest collections of Grand Tour paintings by a single artist. The outstanding... more

Sulgrave Manor

Sulgrave Manor, Manor Road, Banbury, Northamptonshire

Manor Road, Sulgrave, Banbury


The Birthplace of the United States of America! Built by George Washington's Ancestors in the 16th century, the Manor is now owned by the peoples of the United Kingdom and the United States and stands as a symbol of the friendship and goodwill... more

Chartwell

Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent

Mapleton Road, Westerham


Chartwell was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924. The rooms are kept as they were during his lifetime and offer an insight into both his domestic and political life. Photographs, books and personal possessions, including his famous... more

Shugborough Estate

Shugborough Estate, Millford, Stafford, Staffordshire

Millford, Stafford


Shugborough is the ancestral home of the 5th Earl of Lichfield, who as Patrick Lichfield is known worldwide as a leading photographer and part of the house is still lived in by the Earl and his family. The 18th century house contains a fine... more

Mottisfont

Mottisfont, Romsey, Hampshire

Romsey


Mottisfont Abbey is a 12th century Augustinian priory which was converted into a private house after the Dissolution of the Monasteries and still contains the spring or `font´ from which its name is derived, and the cellarium from the old priory. The... more

Basildon Park

Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire

Lower Basildon, Reading


This is the story of the remarkable foresightedness of a couple who were determined that the fabulous 18th century Georgian confection that is Basildon Park should not fall to wrack and ruin. This Berkshire Palladian mansion was rescued from ruin by... more

Newhailes

Newhailes, Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian

Newhailes Road, Musselburgh


Newhailes is a fine late 17th century house with impressive 18th century additions. The house was built in 1686 and bought by Sir David Dalrymple, of the legal and political dynasty. He was responsible for the addition of one of the most important... more

Farnborough Hall

Farnborough Hall, Farnborough, Banbury, Warwickshire

Farnborough, Banbury


In the low afternoon sun, the rays hit the honey-coloured stone of Farnborough Hall and create such a gorgeous hue that you understand at once why its creator William Holbech II opted for this pretty Horton stone for the build. Sitting in rural... more

Canons Ashby

Canons Ashby, Daventry, Northamptonshire

Daventry


Visitors to Canons Ashby House in rural Northamptonshire will discover the elegant residence of the Dryden family, who built it in the mid-16th century. Unlike many grand old homes, this one has remained pretty much unchanged since 1710 and poking... 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

Leighton Hall

Leighton Hall, Carnforth, Lancashire

Carnforth


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

Ham House & Garden

Ham House & Garden, Ham Street, Richmond, London

Ham Street, Ham, Richmond


Ham House was built in 1610 and lavishly remodelled and extended in the 1670s by the Duke and Duchess of Lauderdale, and became a centre of Restoration court life. It is one of the most outstanding survivors of Stuart art and architecture famous for... more

Lanhydrock

Lanhydrock, Bodmin, Cornwall

Bodmin


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

Abbotsford

Abbotsford, Melrose, Scottish Borders

Melrose


Abbotsford in the Scottish borders is the dramatic creation of Sir Walter Scott and from the deeply impressive baronial grand entrance hall to the glorious formal gardens, it’s a work of fabulous fantasy. Stroll through the armoury stacked with... more

Marble Hill House

Marble Hill House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, London

Richmond Road, Twickenham


Royalty certainly knew how to treat their mistresses in the old days. The Palladian splendour that is Twickenham’s Marble Hill House was gifted to Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk, by George II when he was Prince of Wales and its glorious... 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

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

Mellerstain House & Gardens

Mellerstain House & Gardens, Gordon, Scottish Borders

Gordon


Mellerstain House and Gardens sits in the heart of the Scottish Borders and is a unique example of William and Robert Adam design, presenting a complete picture as it would have been some 240 years ago. There are fabulous collections of fine art... 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

Leith Hall, Garden & Estate

Leith Hall, Garden & Estate, Huntly, Aberdeenshire

Huntly


Leith Hall is a charming and intimate Scottish family home and the oldest parts date back to 1650. The house offers a unique insight into the lives, loves and tragedies of the Leith-Hay family over the last four centuries. On display is an... more

Clandon Park

Clandon Park, West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey

West Clandon, Guildford


Clandon Park was built by the Venetian architect Leoni in the 1730s and is considered to have one of the finest Marble Halls in Europe. The house is filled with an amazing collection of 18th century furniture, porcelain, textiles and carpets acquired... 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

Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Sevenoaks, Kent

Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks


Ightham Mote is a superb moated manor house dating from the early 14th century. It was bought in 1953 by American, Charles Robinson, who had first seen the house on a tour of Kent before the First World War. The main features of the house, which is... more

Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park, Dyrham, Bath, Gloucestershire

Dyrham, Bath


Dyrham Park is a 17th century mansion built in the baroque style between 1692 and 1704 for William Blathwayt, Secretary of State to William III. The rooms have changed little since they were furnished by Blathwayt. Due to his royal connections, the... more

Killerton

Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon

Broadclyst, Exeter


Killerton House was rebuilt in 1778 for the Acland family, to the design of John Johnson. Alterations to the original house were made later, which included, a rear extension and new side entrance. It houses the Paulise de Bush collection of 18th to... 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

Kingston Bagpuize House

Kingston Bagpuize House, Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon


Kingston Bagpuize House is a beautiful 1660s manor house, remodelled in the early 1770s. The drawing room was once the entrance hall, which is now at the rear of the house. The cantilevered staircase, of pine and oak, is its finest internal feature,... 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

House of the Binns

House of the Binns, Linlithgow, West Lothian

Linlithgow


The House of the Binns is the historic home of the Dalyells family, among them General Tam Dalyell who raised the Royal Scots Greys here in 1681. Four of the main rooms have important moulded ceilings, some of the earliest examples in Scotland. The... more

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon, Aylesbury


To visit the glorious faux French chateau that is Waddesdon Manor is a lesson in how the gilded rich used to live their lives. Built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the late 19th century, its downstairs reception rooms are lavishly furnished to... 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

Sherborne Castle

Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne, Dorset

New Road, Sherborne


Sherborne Castle is an historic country house, built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and extended by the Digby family whose stately home it has been since 1617. The rooms are a variety of styles from Tudor, Jacobean, Georgian to Victorian. Prince... more

Stansted Park

Stansted Park, Rowland's Castle, Hampshire

Rowland's Castle


A real hidden gem, tucked away in the forest on the Sussex and Hampshire border, Stansted House sits regally within 1700 acres of ancient forest. A wonderful Edwardian house, once the hub of aristocratic society, Stansted is historically... more

Washington Old Hall

Washington Old Hall, The Avenue, Washington, Tyne & Wear

The Avenue, Washington Village, Washington


Washington Old Hall is a delightful stone built 17th century manor house, which incorporates parts of the original medieval home of George Washington´s direct ancestors. There are displays on George Washington, and how the Hall was saved with... 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

Sudley House

Sudley House, Mossley Hill Road, Liverpool, Merseyside

Mossley Hill Road, Aigburth, Liverpool


Sudley House is the former home of Victorian ship builder George Holt, housing his personal collection of 18th and 19th century British art, and still in its original setting. A charming gallery displays works by Turner, Gainsborough, Lord Leighton... more

Packwood House

Packwood House, Packwood Lane, Solihull, Warwickshire

Packwood Lane, Lapworth, Solihull


Packwood House is a 16th century house, with most of the interior designed in the 1920s by Graham Baron Ash. On display is a fine collection of 17th and 18th century furniture, French and Flemish tapestries and a mixed collection of paintings. The... more

Ascott

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

Snowshill Manor & Garden

Snowshill Manor & Garden, Snowshill, Broadway, Gloucestershire

Snowshill, Broadway


Set in the Cotswolds, Snowshill Manor House was extended in Elizabethan times by adding a floor above the hall. It contains Charles Paget Wade´s extraordinary collection of craftmanship and design. There are toys, musical instruments, clocks, weavers... more

Mapledurham House & Watermill

Mapledurham House & Watermill, Mapledurham, Reading, Berkshire

Mapledurham, Reading


Historic home of the Blount family for over 500 years, Mapledurham House is a beautiful Elizabethan mansion. The house contains a fine collection of paintings, portraits, original ceilings and great oak staircases. The beautiful private family... 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

East Riddlesden Hall

East Riddlesden Hall, Bradford Road, Keighley, West Yorkshire

Bradford Road, Riddlesden, Keighley


East Riddlesden Hall is a 17th century manor house and buildings which have distinctive architectural details. The Hall has a gigantic fireplace with classical columns on either side. The house has a wonderful collection of oak furniture, pewter,... more

Claydon

Claydon, Middle Claydon, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Middle Claydon, Buckingham


The architecture of Claydon House includes extravagant rococo and chinoiserie decoration, with a unique Chinese Room and parquetry Grand Staircase that is so precious no one is allowed to use it. The house was occupied by the Verney family for over... more

Holker Hall & Gardens

Holker Hall & Gardens, Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria

Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands


Holker Hall: This beautiful Victorian House, with it's 24 acres of formal and woodland gardens and 125 acres of deer park, is one of the treasures of the stunning South Lakes area. The warm 'lived in' atmosphere of the Hall continues to charm... more

Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection

Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection, The Wakes, Alton, Hampshire

The Wakes, Selborne, Alton


Discover three fascinating stories about explorers of the Natural World…… Rev.Gilbert White, 18th century naturalist is remembered as the first ecologist and author of the world famous book The Natural History of Selborne. Explore his home which is... more

Levens Hall

Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbria

Kendal


Levens Hall is an Elizabethan mansion, built around a 13th century Pele tower, converted into a gentleman´s residence and home of the Bagot family, containing fine panelling, plasterwork and period furniture. Also paintings by Rubens, Lely and Cuyp... more

Wimpole Estate

Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire

Arrington, Royston


Wimpole Hall Farm is a magnificent 18th century house, reputed to be the largest in Cambridgeshire was built for the 3rd Earl of Hardwicke. The interior is a rich mixture of 18th century decoration, by the designers Gibbs, Flitcroft and Soane, with... more

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