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

Charlecote Park

Charlecote Park, Wellesbourne, Warwick, Warwickshire

Wellesbourne, Warwick


Take a visit to Warwick’s Charlecote Park to discover the fascinating life of the Lucy family who have inhabited this glorious mansion since the 12th century. The National Trust has preserved the house to tell the tale of this aristocratic dynasty... more

Buscot Park

Buscot Park, Estate Office, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Estate Office, Faringdon


The home of Lord Faringdon, 18th century Buscot Park in Oxfordshire is one of those glorious English country estates that whisk you back through the centuries as you wander in awe at the beautiful paintings and plates, pots and urns, furniture and... 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

The Vyne

The Vyne, Vyne Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire

Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke


The Vyne was built in the 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII´s Lord Chamberlain. The masterpiece of the building is the central staircase by John Chute, with its fluted columns, all decorated in blue and white. In the rooms is a wealth of old... more

Gunby Hall & Gardens

Gunby Hall & Gardens, Gunby, Spilsby, Lincolnshire

Gunby, Spilsby


Gunby Hall is a fine red brick house, dating from 1700 and extended in the 1870s, is situated in one of England´s most remote corners. Many of the rooms are panelled and there is a beautiful oak staircase. The house contains collections of family... more

Melford Hall

Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk

Long Melford, Sudbury


Melford Hall is one of East Anglia´s most celebrated Elizabethan houses that has changed little since 1578, and has been the home of the Hyde Parker family since 1786. The original panelling is still in the banqueting hall, which is filled with... more

Chenies Manor House

Chenies Manor House, Chenies, Buckinghamshire

Chenies


Chenies Manor, a Grade I listed building, was formally known as Chenies Palace. This semi-fortified brick manor house was visited on numerous occasions by Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I and their courts. In the centre of the house is an unusual... more

Trerice

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

Moseley Old Hall

Moseley Old Hall, Moseley Old Hall Lane, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire

Moseley Old Hall Lane, Fordhouses, Wolverhampton


Moseley Old Hall is an Elizabethan timberwork house, built in 1600 by Henry Pitt, it was clad in red brick in 1870. It is famous for its association with Charles 11, who hid here after the Battle of Worcester in 1651. The hiding place he used and... more

Hartland Abbey

Hartland Abbey, Hartland, Bideford, Devon

Hartland, Bideford


Hartland Abbey was built 1157, and was remodelled in Gothic style in the 18th century. It was given by Henry VIII to the Sergeant of his Wine Cellar, whose descendants still live here. Fascinating collections of furniture, porcelain and paintings are... more

Audley End House & Gardens

Audley End House & Gardens, Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex

Off London Road, Saffron Walden


One of England’s most fabulous country mansions, Audley End House is a Jacobean confection made for entertaining – and it still does. National Heritage makes the most of the house’s story and its successive owners (including Thomas Audley, Lord... 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

Hamptonne Country Life Museum

Hamptonne Country Life Museum, La Rue de la Patente, St Lawrence, Jersey

La Rue de la Patente, St Lawrence


Hamptonne Country Life Museum in St Lawrence allows you to discover six centuries of Jersey’s rural history, brought to life by Goodwyf and other living history characters who'll tell you about yarn spinning and other popular pursuits from the old... more

Polesden Lacey

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, Dorking, Surrey

Great Bookham, Dorking


Polesden Lacey, originally a Regency house, was extensively remodelled in 1906-09 by the Hon Mrs Ronald Greville, a well-known Edwardian hostess. Her collection of fine British portraits by Lawrence, Reynolds and Raeburn is in the dining room. The... more

Clarence House

Clarence House, St James's Palace, London, London

St James's Palace, London


The official London home of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Clarence House is open to the public each summer. Many prefer tours of this royal residence to that of the grander Buckingham Palace, commenting on the intimacy of the tour... more

Chatsworth

Chatsworth, Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Chatsworth, Bakewell


Chances are, you’ve already seen Chatsworth House – albeit on the big screen or at home on TV. This jewel in the UK’s stately home crown has appeared in countless dramas and movies (its classic beauty is hard for directors to resist) like Pride and... 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

Bowhill House & Country Estate

Bowhill House & Country Estate, Bowhill, Selkirk, Scottish Borders

Bowhill, Selkirk


The Scottish Borders home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, Bowhill House and Country Estate sits in the wonderfully scenic Yarrow and Ettrik Valleys. This 19th century house (named checked by frequent visitor Sir Walter Scott in... 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

Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey, Stamford Military Hospital, Altrincham, Greater Manchester

Stamford Military Hospital, Altrincham


Dunham Massey Hall in Cheshire, once the country home of the Earls of Warrington and Stamford, will become the Stamford Military Hospital – a function it held back in 1917 – from March 2014. The transformation of the Georgian mansion, orchestrated by... 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

Blickling Estate

Blickling Estate, Blickling, Norwich, Norfolk

Blickling, Aylsham, Norwich


Oh we love a country house here at Britain’s Finest and Blicking Hall in Norfolk is one of the best in the country. A veritable feast of stunning landscaped gardens, peaceful parterres and imposing Jacobean mansion, this is a lovely day out. Explore... more

Capesthorne Hall

Capesthorne Hall, Siddington, Macclesfield, Cheshire

Siddington, Macclesfield


Capesthorne Hall, the home of the Bromley Davenports since 1726, is a popular stately home in Cheshire open to the public on Sunday and Monday afternoons from Good Friday to the end of October. The entrance hall is a feast of historical paintings,... more

Arlington Court & the National Trust Carriage Museum

Arlington Court & the National Trust Carriage Museum, Arlington, Barnstaple, Devon

Arlington, Barnstaple


There’s an awful lot more to Arlington Court near Barnstaple in Devon than grand fireplaces and lovely architecture. This country house, a bold example of 19th century Green Revivalism, is stuffed with fascinating objects, thanks to the tendency of... more

Heaton Hall

Heaton Hall, Heaton Park, Manchester, Greater Manchester

Heaton Park, Prestwich, Manchester


Heaton Hall is a Grade 1 listed 18th century country house set in the middle of Heaton Park. The principal rooms have been gradually restored with appropriate furnishings.... more

Port Eliot

Port Eliot, Estate Office, Saltash, Cornwall

Estate Office, St Germans, Saltash


Port Eliot is an ancient hidden gem, set in a stunning fairy tale grounds which nestles beside a secret estuary in South East Cornwall. An award winning attraction, it has the rare distinction of being a Grade I Listed house, park and garden. This is... more

Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott, Lechlade, Gloucestershire

Kelmscott, Lechlade


Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed Tudor farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames, dating from 1570 and situated on the edge of the village of Kelmscott, near Lechlade. William Morris (designer, writer and socialist) chose it as his summer home,... more

Seaton Delaval Hall

Seaton Delaval Hall, The Avenue, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear

The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay


Seaton Delaval Hall: Admiral Delaval commissioned Sir John Vanbrugh to build the hall in 1718. The family originally came from France but came here with Duke William of Normandy in 1066. The Hall was damaged by fire in 1822, but successive... more

Godinton House & Gardens

Godinton House & Gardens, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent

Godinton Lane, Ashford


Godinton House & Gardens, described as `An ancient estate in a magnificent park with thrilling formal gardens now splendidly restored - one of Kent´s finest´ - The Times. Dating from the 14th century the house has been embellished by its many owners... more

Kenwood House

Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, London, London

Hampstead Lane, London


Kenwood House was remodelled by Robert Adam in 1754, by adding a portico and wings to enclose the courtyard, for the 1st Earl of Mansfield. It was bought in 1925 by Lord Iveagh and houses one of the most important collections of paintings, which he... more

Peckover House & Garden

Peckover House & Garden, North Brink, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

North Brink, Wisbech


Peckover House and Garden, facing the River Nene built in 1722. This merchant´s town house is renowned for its fine plaster and wood rococo decoration and also displays on the Quaker banking family who owned it. It houses an interesting collection of... more

Pencarrow

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

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

Speke Hall, Garden & Estate

Speke Hall, Garden & Estate, Speke, Liverpool, Merseyside

Speke, Liverpool


Speke Hall is a half-timbered house with a moat dating from 16th century, with the inside spanning many periods. The Great Hall and priest hole are Tudor while the Oak Parlour and smaller rooms are Victorian. This rambling house has an interesting... 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

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

House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve

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

Montrose


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

Christchurch Mansion

Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich, Suffolk

Soane Street, Ipswich


A house steeped in history – well over 500 years worth – Christchurch Mansion in Suffolk holds great treasures, including some magnificent paintings, within its glorious walls. The architecture of the house is worth the entry fee alone; marvel at the... 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

Georgian House

Georgian House, 7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh


The Georgian House is part of Robert Adam´s masterpiece of urban design, Charlotte Square. It dates from 1796, when those who could afford it began to escape the cramped, squalid conditions of Edinburgh´s Old Town to settle in the fashionable New... more

Paxton House, Gallery and Country Park

Paxton House, Gallery and Country Park, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Scottish Borders

Berwick-upon-Tweed


Paxton House is one of the finest 18th century Palladian country houses in Britain, built to the design of John Adam with a Regency extension by Robert Reid. The twelve period rooms feature Adam interiors, a fine collection of Chippendale and Trotter... 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

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

Antony

Antony, Torpoint, Cornwall

Torpoint


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

Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens

Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens, Kelmarsh, Northampton, Northamptonshire

Kelmarsh, Northampton


Built in 1732 to a James Gibbs design, Kelmarsh Hall is surrounded by its working estate, grazed parkland and beautiful gardens. The Hall´s elegant 18th century plasterwork is complemented by Nancy Lancaster and John Fowler´s 20th century decoration... more

Burghley House

Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire

Stamford


Should you be fortunate enough to be sitting on the sweeping lawns of Burghley House, the spires of Stamford in the distance and the glorious 16th century building behind you, you would truly appreciate how bygone landscape gardeners, architects and... 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

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

Buckland Abbey, Garden & Estate

Buckland Abbey, Garden & Estate, Yelverton, Devon

Yelverton


The one-time home of Sir Francis Drake, Buckland Abbey in Yelverton, Devon, is packed with fascinating memorabilia from the great man’s travels. Take a stroll around the furnished rooms and interactive museum galleries which narrate the tale not only... more

Wilton House

Wilton House, The Estate Office, Salisbury, Wiltshire

The Estate Office, Wilton, Salisbury


Wilton House has been the ancestral home of the Earls of Pembroke for 450 years and was rebuilt, after a fire in 1647, by Inigo Jones and John Webb. There were further alterations by James Wyatt in 1801. The magnificent 17th century state rooms... more

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