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

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

Prideaux Place

Prideaux Place, Padstow, Cornwall

Padstow


Prideaux Place, situated above the port of Padstow, has been the home of the Prideaux-Brune family for over 400 years. It is a mixture of Elizabethan, Georgian and Regency Gothic. Fine paintings and furniture are on display including two exotic... 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

Arbury Hall

Arbury Hall, Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Nuneaton


Perhaps best known as the birthplace of Middlemarch author George Eliot, you need to be organised if you want to get a look around the Arbury Hall estate as it only opens a few days a year. It’s worth it, mind you – this Elizabethan mansion house, an... 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

Weston Park

Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal, Shropshire

Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal


Weston Park, built in 1671, is the award winning 17th century Stately Home that was designed by Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham and was the former home of the Earls of Bradford. It boasts a superb collection of paintings that includes works by Van Dyck,... more

Newby Hall

Newby Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire

Ripon


Newby House has got history coming out of its ears. Just wander round this glamorous 17th century country house and spot the wonderful links to the past, like the royal IOU from King Charles II written to Robert Vyner, an ancestor of the house’s... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Pollok House

Pollok House, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, Glasgow City

2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow


Pollok House is set in the grounds of Pollok Park, home to the Maxwell family for over 600 years. The present house, (c.1750) replaced three earlier structures and was extended in 1890. The house contains an internationally important collection of... 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

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

Hoghton Tower

Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, Preston, Lancashire

Hoghton, Preston


Come and discover award-winning Hoghton Tower, high on a hill in the very heart of Lancashire. Set at the top of a mile long drive, this beautiful castle has everything visitors of all ages would expect. History, stunning state rooms, walled gardens,... more

Callendar House

Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk, Falkirk

Callendar Park, Falkirk


Ever wondered what the food that Georgians ate tasted like? Get a slice of life in the early 19th century during a visit to the kitchens at Callendar House in Falkirk, where costumed interpreters cook up dishes from 1825 to illustrate their stories... 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

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

Burton Constable Hall

Burton Constable Hall, Burton Constable Foundation, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Burton Constable Foundation, Burton Constable, Skirlaugh, Hull


A grand Elizabethan mansion built upon the site of a former brick manor house and 12th century tower, Burton Constable Hall overlooks splendid Capability Brown-designed landscaped grounds and a deer park. Dominated by the Great Hall which is a... 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

Syon Park

Syon Park, Brentford, London

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

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

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

Hatfield House

Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Hatfield


Hatfield House - Visit this stunning Jacobean house within its own Park and see the surviving wing of the Tudor Royal Palace, where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood. Home of the Cecil family for 400 years, the house is steeped in Elizabethan... more

Loseley Park

Loseley Park, Guildford, Surrey

Guildford


Loseley House, built in 1562 to entertain Elizabeth I, is a fine example of Elizabethan architecture. The gallery of the Great Hall houses some rare Italian painted canvas panels from Henry VIII´s banqueting tents. It also features many fine works of... 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

Hanbury Hall & Gardens

Hanbury Hall & Gardens, School Road, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire

School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich Spa


Hanbury Hall, in the William and Mary style, was completed in 1701. The staircase, leading from the dark panelled hall, has its walls covered with murals by Sir James Thornhill. In the dining room, which still has its original ceiling, the fireplace... more

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

Aston Hall

Aston Hall, Trinity Road, Birmingham, West Midlands

Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham


The grand Jacobean Aston Hall in Birmingham is municipally owned and now houses the best part of the city museum and art gallery’s artefacts with period furniture, paintings, textiles and silver adorning its lovely rooms. Built between 1618 and... more

Lyme Park, House & Garden

Lyme Park, House & Garden, Disley, Stockport, Cheshire

Disley, Stockport


Lyme Park, originally a Tudor house, was transformed by the Venetian architect Leoni into an Italianate palace. Parts of the Elizabethan interior have survived and contrast dramatically with later additions in the 18th and 19th century. The state... 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

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

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

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

Hopetoun House

Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, West Lothian

South Queensferry


Sometimes, when the weather’s crisp and bright and clear, there’s nothing more comfortingly British than to pull on your boots, wrap up warm and head out for a cheek-reddening walk around a country estate. And there can’t be many places to beat... more

Greys Court

Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames


Greys Court is a picturesque 14th century house that was much added to, with one surviving tower dating from 1347. It has been the home of the Brunner family since the 1930s and is furnished as a family home, with some fine 18th century plasterwork... 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

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

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

Tissington Hall

Tissington Hall, Tissington, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Tissington, Ashbourne


Tissington Hall was built in the 17th century and lived in by the FitzHerbert family for 500 years, Tissington Hall is a fine specimen of its period with gates wrought by the celebrated Robert Bakewell. The hall still has Jacobean panelling with 18th... more

Sezincote

Sezincote, Sezincote, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Sezincote, Moreton-in-Marsh


Sezincote is a unique and extraordinary Indian House set amidst the Cotswold Hills. The architecture is in the Mogul style of Rajasthan, with a central dome, minarets, peacock-tail windows, jali-work railings and pavilions. A curving Orangery frames... more

Sutton Park

Sutton Park, Sutton-on-the-Forest, York, North Yorkshire

Sutton-on-the-Forest, York


Built in the 18th century by Thomas Atkinson, Sutton Park is the home of Sir Reginald and Lady Sheffield and is a fine example of Georgian architecture with magnificent Rococo plasterwork by Cortese. It houses is an important collection of Meissen... more

Bowood House & Gardens

Bowood House & Gardens, Estate Office, Calne, Wiltshire

Estate Office, Bowood House, Calne


The Marquis of Lansdowne, owner of Bowood House and Gardens in Wiltshire, says he aims to provide something of interest for ever age of visitor and he has managed to do that in spades. Bowood, built during the 18th century to the designs of Henry... more

Hamptworth Lodge

Hamptworth Lodge, Hamptworth, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Hamptworth, Landford, Salisbury


Although Jacobean style manor house Hamptworth Lodge on the northern edge of the New Forest National Park is rarely open to the public, its surrounding 3000 acre estate is a hive of activity for those on corporate away days and sporting gigs.... more

Plas Newydd Country House & Gardens

Plas Newydd Country House & Gardens, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Mon)

Llanfairpwllgwyngyll


Plas Newydd is an impressive 18th century house by James Wyatt which is famous for housing Rex Whistler´s largest painting and an exhibition about his work. The interior is a mix of classical and Gothic and was restyled in the 1930s. There is also a... more

Montacute House

Montacute House, Montacute, Yeovil, Somerset

Montacute, Yeovil


Montacute House is an Elizabethan house adorned with elegant chimneys, carved parapets, heraldic glass and other Renaissance features. The magnificent state rooms include the Long Gallery which is the largest of its type in Britain, and is full of... 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

St Mary´s House & Gardens

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

Bramber


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

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