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

Wightwick Manor & Gardens

Wightwick Manor & Gardens, Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton


Wightwick Manor is a Victorian manor house, bought by Theodore Mander in 1887. The house is a wonderful example of the influence of William Morris and the Arts and Craft Movement. Inside most of the wallpaper, fabrics and furniture are by William... 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

Knightshayes

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

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

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

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

Belton House

Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire

Grantham


Belton House, surrounded by an idyllic deer park, is often described as the “perfect country house” and as you approach it from the front, you will see why. Its perfect symmetry, beautiful façade and breathtaking surroundings are pretty much what you... more

The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House

The Home of Charles Darwin, Down House, Luxted Road, Downe, Kent

Luxted Road, Downe


The debt that science owes Charles Darwin cannot be overstated and it feels rather magical to travel to the great man’s family home in Kent and stand in the very study where he researched and developed his masterpiece On The Origin of Species. 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

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

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

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

Lamport Hall & Gardens

Lamport Hall & Gardens, Lamport, Northampton, Northamptonshire

Lamport, Northampton


Lamport Hall & Gardens are a hidden gem set in beautiful countryside. The Hall contains a delightful collection of art and furniture accumulated over four centuries by the Isham family, including paintings by Van Dyck, Kneller and Lely. A highlight... more

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Bakewell


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

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

Royal Pavilion

Royal Pavilion, 4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton, East Sussex

4/5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton


Ever wondered how playboy King George IV visited his mistresses in Brighton without being seen? The Royal Pavilion, John Nash’s 19th century seaside palace masterpiece, recreates what life was like for the party loving royal, from the frantic... more

Preston Manor

Preston Manor, Preston Drove, Brighton, East Sussex

Preston Drove, Brighton


Preston Manor is a delightful old Manor House evoking the atmosphere of an Edwardian gentry house both `upstairs´ and `downstairs´. Dating from c.1600, rebuilt in 1738 and substantially added to in 1905, Preston Manor gives a rare insight into life... 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

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

Arley Hall & Gardens

Arley Hall & Gardens, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire

Arley, Northwich


Ardent fans of Coronation Street may recognise Jacobean-style Arley Hall in Cheshire – its stunning chapel has been the scene of many a wedding and funeral service in the long-running soap. The house has also been the setting of a fair few TV dramas... 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

Lydiard House

Lydiard House, Lydiard Park, Swindon, Wiltshire

Lydiard Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon


The ancestral home of the Viscounts Bolingbroke, Lydiard House near Swindon was once a thriving country estate visited by the great and good of England and still today its Palladian splendour is evident. Wander around the lovely rooms stuffed with... more

Charleston

Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex

Firle, Lewes


Home to artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf’s sister, Charleston was a mecca for artists and writers in the early 20th century and became a regular meeting place for the celebrated Bloomsbury set. The house’s décor is a rich... more

Tatton Park

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

Knutsford


One of the most complete historic estates, Tatton Park was rebuilt in the late 18th century by Samuel Wyatt. The collections include family portraits, paintings, books, china, glass, silver and Egerton furniture specially commissioned from Gillow.... 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

Wassand Hall

Wassand Hall, Seaton, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Seaton, Hull


Wassand Hall is a fine Regency house that has been in one family ownership since 1530. On display is a fine collection of English and European silver, furniture and porcelain.... more

Upton House & Gardens

Upton House & Gardens, Banbury, Warwickshire

Banbury


Upton House is an impressive mansion built in the 17th century on an earlier site, and was remodelled in the 1920s by the 2nd Viscount Bearsted, son of the founder of Shell Oil. He adapted the building to house his great collections. Amongst the... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goodwood House

Goodwood House, Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex

Goodwood, Chichester


Oh, there’s nothing like a good nose around an ancestral stately home and a cream tea afterwards to relax the mind and body. And what finer place to have a snoop than the regal Goodwood House near Chichester, home to the Dukes of Richmond for more... more

Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse & Garden

Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse & Garden, Cupar, Fife

Cupar


Hill of Tarvit Mansion House, originally the site of the 17th century Wemyss Hall, was completely remodelled by Robert Lorimer for Frederick Sharp, in 1906. All the rooms have been designed in a certain style, with matching furniture and paintings.... 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

Breamore House & Countryside Museum

Breamore House & Countryside Museum, Breamore, Fordingbridge, Hampshire

Breamore, Fordingbridge


Home to nine generations of one family, the Elizabethan-built Breamore House on the edge of the New Forest is a treasure trove of wonderful paintings, tapestries and furniture. Overlooking the undulating Avon Valley, rather rarely this house still... 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

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

Kettering


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

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

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral, 33 The Close, Salisbury, Wiltshire

33 The Close, Salisbury


Salisbury Cathedral: Be inspired by the peace and beauty of one of Britain´s finest medieval cathedrals, Salisbury offers a warm welcome to all who visit. Set within eight acres of lawn and surrounded by historic buildings and museums within the... more

Standen

Standen, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex

West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead


Standen is a family house built in the 1890s, a showpiece of the Arts & Crafts Movement designed by Philip Webb and decorated throughout with original William Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpapers. On display are contemporary paintings, tapestries,... more

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