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

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

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

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy, Wimborne Minster, Dorset

Wimborne Minster


Kingston Lacy is a 17th century house that was the home of the Bankes family for over 300 years, and replaced the ruined family seat at Corfe Castle. The house contains an outstanding collection of paintings and other works of art including work by... more

West Wycombe Park, Village & Hill

West Wycombe Park, Village & Hill, West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

West Wycombe


The house at West Wycombe Park is among the most theatrical and Italianate in England, its facades formed as classical temples. It is the home of the Hell-Fire Club and was created by Sir Francis Dashwood. The interior has Palmyrene ceilings and... 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

Bateman's

Bateman's, Bateman's Lane, Etchingham, East Sussex

Bateman's Lane, Burwash, Etchingham


Take the day off from the 21st century and escape to the bucolic idyll that is Batemans, the home of Rudyard Kipling from 1902 to 1936. The house, a 17th century ironmaster’s home sitting in the rolling Sussex Downs, has been preserved as it was in... 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

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

Holkham Estate

Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Wells-next-the-Sea


The grand old estate of Holkham Hall on the rugged north Norfolk coast, one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in England, is deserving of a place in the nation’s hearts. Bursting with treasures accumulated over its lifetime, every room... more

The Priest House

The Priest House, North Lane, East Grinstead, West Sussex

North Lane, West Hoathly, East Grinstead


Built in the 15th century, The Priest House has been open as a museum since 1908. Its furnished rooms contain a fascinating array of 17th and 18th century domestic furniture, needlework and household items. Outside a formal herb garden contains over... more

Kedleston Hall

Kedleston Hall, Nr Quarndon, Derby, Derbyshire

Nr Quarndon, Derby


Kedleston Hall is a classical Palladian mansion built in the mid-18th century for the Curzon family. The house has the most complete sequence of Robert Adam interiors in England with magnificent state rooms retaining great collections of paintings... 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

Manx National Heritage

Manx National Heritage, Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man

Manx Museum, Kingswood Grove, Douglas


The Isle of Mann has a fascinating history which is all too often forgotten, holiday makers instead focusing on the 100 miles of sandy beaches. But sign up for the Story of Mann and you’ll get a whirlwind tour through life here across the centuries... more

Uppark House & Garden

Uppark House & Garden, South Harting, Petersfield, West Sussex

South Harting, Petersfield


Uppark is a fine late 17th century house set high on the South Downs. The disasterous fire in 1989 and its restoration add to the magic of this romantic house. The elegant Georgian interior houses a famous Grand Tour collection of paintings that... 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

Sulgrave Manor

Sulgrave Manor, Manor Road, Banbury, Northamptonshire

Manor Road, Sulgrave, Banbury


Built in the time of the Tudors by the five times great grandfather of George Washington, with a charming 18th century wing and historical garden, Sulgrave Manor is a historical gem not to be missed. The House has no long corridors, instead it is... 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

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

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 Hill House

The Hill House, Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute

Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh


The Hill House is one of the finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh´s domestic creations, sitting high above the Clyde commanding fine views of the river estuary. It was commissioned in 1902 by Walter Blackie, who wanted an individual house and garden.... 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

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

Dudmaston Estate

Dudmaston Estate, Quatt, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Quatt, Bridgnorth


Dudmaston is a late 17th century house, which has been in continuous family ownership from the 12th to the 20th century. The entrance hall is darkly panelled with a portrait of Jack the Fool. The family rooms contain fine furniture, Dutch oil... more

Brantwood

Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria

Coniston


The former home of art critic, thinker and philanthropist John Ruskin, Brantwood sits amidst idyllic Lake District landscape and is packed with treasure from the great man’s life. Although it is very much kept as it were when it was a real home,... 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

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

No. 1 Royal Crescent

No. 1 Royal Crescent, Bath, Bath & Northeast Somerset

Bath


No.1 Royal Crescent reopened in June 2013 after a major restoration project, and now provides visitors with an opportunity to look beyond the famous Palladian facade and see what life was like for the wealthy and their servants in 18th century Bath.... 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

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

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

Avington Park

Avington Park, Winchester, Hampshire

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

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

Petworth House & Park

Petworth House & Park, Petworth, West Sussex

Petworth


Petworth House is a magnificient late 17th century mansion, housing the finest collection of pictures in the care of The National Trust with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake. The state rooms also have a large collection of... 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

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

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

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

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

Dalmeny House

Dalmeny House, South Queensferry, West Lothian

South Queensferry


Dalmeny House, one of the first Tudor-revival houses to be built in Scotland, has been the family home of the Earls of Rosebury for over 300 years. It houses part of the Rothschild collection of 18th century French furniture, Goya tapestries,... more

Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey, Woburn, Bedfordshire

Woburn


Woburn Abbey has been home to the Dukes of Bedford for almost 450 years. It houses one of the most important private art collections that includes work by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Velazquez, and 21 views of Venice by Canaletto can be seen... more

Wollaton Hall & Park/Natural History Museum

Wollaton Hall & Park/Natural History Museum, Wollaton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Wollaton, Nottingham


Wollaton Hall & Park/Natural History Museum stands on a natural hill 3 miles west of Nottingham City centre. This sensational Elizabethan house was designed by Robert Smythson and completed in 1588 and set in a scenic 500 acre historic park. Inside,... more

Danson House

Danson House, Danson Road, Bexleyheath, London

Danson Road, Welling, Bexleyheath


Danson is a magnificently restored 18th century Palladian Villa designed by Robert Taylor, with later additions by Sir William Chambers. The house, has a principal floor, sumptuous after painstaking investigations and reconstruction, a fine entrance... 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

The Shakespeare Houses

The Shakespeare Houses, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon


The Shakespeare Houses (Henley Street): Five beautiful historic houses and gardens, all associated with William Shakespeare and his family. Mary Arden´s Farm - home to Shakespeare´s mother (Wilmcote, 3 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon). Step back into... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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