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

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

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

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Belsay, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear

Belsay, Newcastle upon Tyne


You know those times when you go on holiday and fall in love with the local architecture? Well, that’s what happened when Sir Charles Monck went on honeymoon to Greece and the result is the stone, multi-pillared creation that is Belsay Hall in... more

Hatchlands Park

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey

East Clandon, Guildford


Hatchlands is set in a beautiful 430 acre Repton Park, open everyday offering a variety of way-marked walks. The house was built for the naval hero Admiral Boscawen in 1756 and has some of the earliest surviving interiors by Robert Adam, which are... more

Syon House

Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, London

Syon Park, Brentford


Syon House is the London home of the Duke of Northumberland. The House is Tudor in origin and was transformed by Robert Adam into one of his earliest and finest interiors. Many of the furnishings were brought to Syon from Northumberland House after... more

Claydon House and Gardens

Claydon House and Gardens, The Estate Office, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

The Estate Office, The Claydon Estate, Middle Claydon, Buckingham


Claydon House is an unexpected jewel nestled within peaceful parkland and beautiful gardens. A rich treasure trove with a fascinating history, just waiting to be explored. The house today stands as a shadow of its noble owners’ ambitions. A grand... 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

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

Erddig

Erddig, Wrexham, Wrexham

Wrexham


Erddig is one of the most fascinating houses in Britain. Part of this is due to the close relationship that existed between the family and their servants. The state rooms display most of their original 18th and 19th century furniture and furnishings,... more

Ragley Hall

Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire

Alcester


Designed in 1680 by Robert Hooke, Ragley Hall is the family home of The Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford. The Great Hall, which is two storeys high, has some England´s finest baroque plasterwork by James Gibbs. The famous mural `The Temptation´... 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

Belmont

Belmont, Belmont Park, Faversham, Kent

Belmont Park, Throwley, Faversham


A neo-classical belter set in the rolling Kent countryside overlooking the North Downs, Belmont House is particularly historically important as an example of some of 18th century celebrated architect Thomas Wyatt’s finest work. The house itself has... 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

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

Bowness-on-Windermere


If you’ve a thing for the Arts and Crafts movement, head off to Blackwell overlooking Lake Windermere, a fabulously well preserved example of the style. The house retains almost all of its original features such as the hessian wall-hangings in the... 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

Forde Abbey & Gardens

Forde Abbey & Gardens, Chard, Dorset

Chard


Forde Abbey was a Cistercian monastery, founded mid-12th century, and has been a private home since 1543. The buildings seen today almost all existed when the monks departed. The interior was substantially remodelled in 1649-58 by Edmund Prideaux,... more

Haddo House

Haddo House, Methlick, Ellon, Aberdeenshire

Methlick, Ellon


Haddo House was designed by William Adam for the 2nd Earl of Aberdeen in 1732, but refurbished in the 1880s. The House elegantly blends crisp Georgian architecture with sumptuous late Victorian interiors by Wright and Mansfield. On display is a... more

Rodmarton Manor

Rodmarton Manor, Rodmarton, Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Rodmarton, Cirencester


Rodmarton Manor is one of the last country houses to be built and furnished by hand between 1909 and 1929, using local stone, timber and local craftsmen. All the furniture was made especially for the house, to the Cotswold Arts and Crafts ideals.The... 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

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

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

Hughenden

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

Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Bristol, Bath & Northeast Somerset

Wraxall, Bristol


Tyntesfield is a spectacular Victorian country house, remodelled by John Norton in 1864 for William Gibbs. It is an extraordinary Gothic Revival, with extravagant towers and turrets. The original interior is still intact with an unrivalled collection... 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

Coughton Court

Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire

Alcester


A vast Tudor House surrounded by beautiful gardens, the history of Coughton Court and the Throckmorton family who have lived there for 600 years is a fascinating one. The house, in Alcester near Redditch, is home to a collection of Catholic treasures... 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

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle, Broomfield Road, Maidstone, Kent

Broomfield Road, Maidstone


Looming up from the glorious moat and surrounded by 500 lush green acres of land, Leeds Castle near Maidstone lays claim to being one of the most stunning castles in the world. The Norman stronghold, which has been the property of six of England’s... more

Hall Place & Gardens

Hall Place & Gardens, Hall Place, Bexley, Kent

Hall Place, Bourne Road, Bexley


Hall Place is a Grade 1 listed country house built in 1537 for former Lord Mayor of London, Sir John Champneys. The Tudor house boasts a panelled Great Hall with Minstrels´ Gallery, and 17th century additions and improvements include a vaulted Long... 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

Avington Park

Avington Park, Avington Park, Winchester, Hampshire

Avington Park, Avington, Winchester


The Palladian mansion Avington Park, overlooking the River Itchen near Winchester, is the quintessential English country retreat. From its beautifully painted main hall and Clermont's striking tempura painted designs filled with gold leaf in 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

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens, Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire

Beningbrough, York


One of the most soothing things to do on a warm afternoon in Georgian Beningborough Hall and Gardens near York is to take a gentle stroll through the stunning working walled garden where the gardeners will happily take a break to talk you through... 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

Cotehele

Cotehele, St Dominick, Saltash, Cornwall

St Dominick, Saltash


Set in the heart of this riverside estate, Cotehele was mainly built between 1485 and 1627 and was the home of the Edgcumbe family for centuries. It is built of local granite, slate and sandstone. The interior, unlit by electricity, holds a... 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

Westminster Cathedral

Westminster Cathedral, Ambrosden Avenue, London, London

Ambrosden Avenue, London


Westminster Cathedral is one of London's best kept secrets. Its Byzantine architecture sets it apart from the more familiar Gothic style of so many other churches in the country. Visitors will find a very special place of prayer that provides peace... more

A La Ronde

A La Ronde, Summer Lane, Exmouth, Devon

Summer Lane, Exmouth


Wonderfully quirky A La Ronde in Devon is a sixteen-sided house constructed in the late 18th century on the instructions of two rather eccentric cousins Jane and Mary Parminter. Jane and Mary had just completed a Grand Tour of Europe and many believe... 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

St Michael's Mount

St Michael's Mount, Marazion, Cornwall

Marazion


St Michael´s Mount can be approached by a causeway at low tide and ferry at high tide, was originally the site of a Benedictine priory dating back to the 12th century. After the Civil War it was acquired by the St Aubyn family who still live in the... more

Attingham Park

Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Atcham, Shrewsbury


Elegant 18th century mansion Attingham Park, with its three storey ionic portico at the entrance, is a wonderfully grand sight to behold. Built for the first Lord Berwick in 1785, it sits in stunning parkland between the River Severn and Shrewsbury... 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

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

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

Newstead Abbey House

Newstead Abbey House, Newstead Abbey Park, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire

Newstead Abbey Park, Ravenshead


Newstead Abbey House is a beautiful historic house set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of Nottinghamshire. Founded as a monastic house in the 12th century, Newstead became the seat of the Byron family in 1540 and was... 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

Palace House & Beaulieu Abbey

Palace House & Beaulieu Abbey, John Montagu Building, Beaulieu, Hampshire

John Montagu Building, Beaulieu


Palace House, once the Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey, is the family home of Lord Montagu since 1538. The house contains splendid rooms full of fine portraits, pictures, furniture, photographs and many treasures collected by past generations from... more

Parham House & Gardens

Parham House & Gardens, Parham Park, Pulborough, West Sussex

Parham Park, Storrington, Pulborough


Parham House: This beautiful Elizabethan house is set in the heart of a medieval deer park at the foot of the South Downs. The foundation stone was laid in 1577 by the two year old Thomas Palmer. It is reputed Queen Elizabeth dined at Parham in 1593... 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

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

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

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