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

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

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

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

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

Belgrave Hall & Gardens

Belgrave Hall & Gardens, Church Road, Leicester, Leicestershire

Church Road, Leicester


The past inhabitants of 18th century Queen Anne-style Belgrave Hall in Leicester have played an integral part in the history of the city, from the Vanns who lived there in the early 1700s and employed many outworker knitters for their hosiery... 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

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

Lennoxlove

Lennoxlove, Haddington, East Lothian

Haddington


Set in 460 acres of prime East Lothian countryside, the 13th century Lennoxlove estate, just 20 miles from Edinburgh, is the home of the Duke of Hamilton. It sits in a wooded hollow just south of the market town of Haddington with gorgeous views over... more

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon, Aylesbury


To visit the glorious faux French chateau that is Waddesdon Manor is a lesson in how the gilded rich used to live their lives. Built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the late 19th century, its downstairs reception rooms are lavishly furnished to... 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

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

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

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

Osterley Park & House

Osterley Park & House, Jersey Road, Isleworth, London

Jersey Road, Isleworth


Robert Adam was commissioned in 1761 to transform Osterley Park House from a Tudor mansion into this neo-classical villa. The spectacular interiors contain one of Britain´s most complete examples of Adam´s work. Designed for entertaining, it contains... 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

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

Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall, King's Lynn, Norfolk

King's Lynn


Judging by its lavish exterior, Houghton Hall’s claim as one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in England is spot on. Set in acres of beautiful parkland, filled with ancient oak trees and home to a large herd of white fallow deer, it’s... more

Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park

Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park, Cremyll, Torpoint, Cornwall

Cremyll, Torpoint


Mount Edgcumbe was built by Sir Richard Edgcumbe of Cotehele in his deer park in 1547-53. The house was destroyed in 1941 during the Blitz on Plymouth and was restored by Adrian Gilbert Scott in 1958, on the instructions of the 6th Earl. Now... 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

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

Anne of Cleves House

Anne of Cleves House, 52 Southover High Street, Lewes, East Sussex

52 Southover High Street, Lewes


Henry VIII and his wives have fascinated the British for generations so it’s little wonder that Anne of Cleves’ House, tucked away in rural Sussex, is such a popular visitor attraction. Anne was given the house in 1541 as part of her divorce... more

Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner, Alresford, Hampshire

Alresford


Hinton Ampner house was completely destroyed by fire in 1960, along with Ralph Dutton´s collections of fine English furniture and Italian paintings. Rather than abandon the ruin, he set about building a new house. The furniture is mostly French and... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oliver Cromwell's House

Oliver Cromwell's House, 29 St Marys Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire

29 St Marys Street, Ely


Oliver Cromwell's House: Visit the former Lord Protector's family home. Experience what domestic life would have been like in the 17th century in a variety of re-created period rooms as well as an exhibition detailing the Civil War. Visit Mrs... 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

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

Sausmarez Manor

Sausmarez Manor, St Martin, Guernsey

St Martin, Guernsey


With some parts dating back to as early as the 12th and 13th century, Sausmarez Manor in Guernsey is a treasure trove of history. The house has been added to, changed and reduced many times over the centuries resulting in lovely details from the... more

Lytes Cary Manor

Lytes Cary Manor, Somerton, Somerset

Somerton


The home of medieval herbalist Henry Lyte, the limestone house that is Lytes Cary Manor has been inhabited since the 14th century. It was passed through a succession of generations of the Lyte family until the 18th century and has been expanded and... 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

Penshurst Place & Gardens

Penshurst Place & Gardens, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent

Penshurst, Tonbridge


The vast historic house that is Penshurst Place in Kent lives up to all expectations of an English historic house, with its own church, 14th century guild hall, state rooms soaked in portraits and antiques and gardens of every type. The estate is... more

Adlington Hall

Adlington Hall, Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire

Mill Lane, Adlington, Macclesfield


One of the oldest and most historic houses in Cheshire, Adlington House has been the home to the Legh family since 1315 (prior to that it was the property of the Earl of Chester, one of William the Conqueror’s nephews). The hall is a living testament... more

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

Newburgh Priory

Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, North Yorkshire

Coxwold


With just wonderful views over to the Kilburn White Horse, Newburgh Priory in Coxwold, North Yorkshire, sits within a 6,000 acre estate in the Howardian Hills. Said to be the final resting place of Oliver Cromwell, the priory is the family seat of... 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

Royal Burgh of Culross

Royal Burgh of Culross, Culross, Fife

Culross


Culross Palace was built for Sir George Bruce between 1597 and 1611 and has original interiors with painted woodwork. On display are 17th and 18th century furniture, decorative items and a fine collection of Staffordshire and Scottish pottery. 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

Knebworth House, Gardens & Park

Knebworth House, Gardens & Park, Knebworth, Hertfordshire

Knebworth


Knebworth House has been home to the Lytton family since 1490, and now has a gothic look with its turrets, cupolas and griffins. The interior of the house has a variety of styles, from the Jacobean Banqueting Hall to the gothic State Drawing Room.... 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

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

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

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

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

Harewood House

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire

Harewood, Leeds


Harewood House is a stunning house designed by John Carr, completed in 1772, with exquisite interiors by Robert Adam. The furniture throughout is by Thomas Chippendale together with art collections that include Renaissance masterpieces, Turner... more

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