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

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

Charleston

Firle, Lewes

Charleston, Firle, Lewes, East Sussex

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

Stourhead

Nr Mere, Warminster

Stourhead, Nr Mere, Warminster, Wiltshire

Stourhead House is a Palladian mansion built in the 1720s, which was home to the Hoare family, who are the owners of Britain´s only surviving private bank. The entrance hall has a large collection of Hoare family portraits. The interior includes an... more

Scampston Hall

Estate Office, Scampston Hall, Malton

Scampston Hall, Estate Office, Malton, North Yorkshire

Owned by the same family since the 17th century, Scampston Hall was remodelled and given its fine Regency interiors in 1800 by Thomas Leverton. The important collection of pictures includes work by Gainsborough, Marlow, Scott and Wilson. Also a good... more

Abbotsford

Melrose

Abbotsford, Melrose, Scottish Borders

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

Gawthorpe Hall

Burnley Road, Padiham, Burnley

Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley Road, Burnley, Lancashire

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

Renishaw Hall

Renishaw Hall, Renishaw Park, Eckington, Sheffield

Renishaw Hall, Renishaw Hall, Renishaw Park, Sheffield, Derbyshire

Home to the Sitwell family for 400 years. Renishaw is still very much a family home which adds to its unique atmosphere. Tours every Friday at 2.30pm in season enabling you to see some of the spectacular collections of art and furniture acquired by... more

Lamport Hall & Gardens

Lamport, Northampton

Lamport Hall & Gardens, Lamport, Northampton, Northamptonshire

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

Newstead Abbey House

Newstead Abbey Park, Ravenshead

Newstead Abbey House, Newstead Abbey Park, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire

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

Peckover House & Garden

North Brink, Wisbech

Peckover House & Garden, North Brink, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

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

Basildon Park

Lower Basildon, Reading

Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire

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

Snowshill Manor & Garden

Snowshill, Broadway

Snowshill Manor & Garden, Snowshill, Broadway, Gloucestershire

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

Newhailes

Newhailes Road, Musselburgh

Newhailes, Newhailes Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian

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

Shaw House

Church Road, Shaw, Newbury

Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, Berkshire

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

Manderston House and Gardens, Duns, Scottish Borders

Originally built in 1790s, Manderston was completely rebuilt in the early 1900s by John Kinross, for Sir James Miller. No expense was spared and no detail overlooked. The furniture is French in style and the kitchens have every modern convenience of... more

Clevedon Court

Tickenham Road, Clevedon

Clevedon Court, Tickenham Road, Clevedon, Bath & Northeast Somerset

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

Tredegar House

Coedkernew, Newport (Gwent)

Tredegar House, Coedkernew, Newport (Gwent), Newport

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

Osterley Park & House

Jersey Road, Isleworth

Osterley Park & House, Jersey Road, Isleworth, London

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

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

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

Traquair House

Innerleithen

Traquair House, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders

Traquair House, originally a castle owned by the Kings of Scotland, later became the home of the Earls of Traquair whose descendants still live there. It is where Alexander I signed a charter over 800 years ago, and the `modern wings´ were completed... more

Bateman's

Bateman's Lane, Burwash, Etchingham

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

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

Wassand Hall

Seaton, Hull

Wassand Hall, Seaton, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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

Arlington Court & the National Trust Carriage Museum, Arlington, Barnstaple, Devon

There’s an awful lot more to Arlington Court near Barnstaple in Devon than grand fireplaces and lovely architecture. This country house, a bold example of 19th century Green Revivalism, is stuffed with fascinating objects, thanks to the tendency of... more

Goodwood House

Goodwood, Chichester

Goodwood House, Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex

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

Holker Hall & Gardens

Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands

Holker Hall & Gardens, Cark-in-Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria

Holker Hall: This beautiful Victorian House, with it's 24 acres of formal and woodland gardens and 125 acres of deer park, is one of the treasures of the stunning South Lakes area. The warm 'lived in' atmosphere of the Hall continues to charm... more

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Brodsworth, Doncaster

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

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

Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection, The Wakes, Alton, Hampshire

Discover three fascinating stories about explorers of the Natural World…… Rev.Gilbert White, 18th century naturalist is remembered as the first ecologist and author of the world famous book The Natural History of Selborne. Explore his home which is... more

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Bowness-on-Windermere

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

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

Belmont

Belmont Park, Throwley, Faversham

Belmont, Belmont Park, Faversham, Kent

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

Forde Abbey & Gardens, Chard, Dorset

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

Georgian House

7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

Georgian House, 7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, City of 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

Broughton House & Garden

High Street, Kirkcudbright

Broughton House & Garden, High Street, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

Even without having a specific destination in mind when you get there, going to long time artists' haven Kirkcudbright is a pleasure in itself. But add to your itinerary a visit to 18th century Broughton House, former home of Glasgow Boy E A Hornel,... more

Knightshayes

Bolham, Tiverton

Knightshayes, Bolham, Tiverton, Devon

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

Speke Hall, Garden & Estate

Speke, Liverpool

Speke Hall, Garden & Estate, Speke, Liverpool, Merseyside

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

Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott, Lechlade

Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott, Lechlade, Oxfordshire

Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed Tudor farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames, dating from 1570 and situated on the edge of the village of Kelmscott, near Lechlade. William Morris (designer, writer and socialist) chose it as his summer home,... more

Gunby Hall & Gardens

Gunby, Spilsby

Gunby Hall & Gardens, Gunby, Spilsby, Lincolnshire

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

Sandringham House

Estate Office, Sandringham

Sandringham House, Estate Office, Sandringham, Norfolk

Sandringham House is the country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and all the main ground floor rooms are used by the Royal Family. They are full of their ornaments and furniture, and numerous family portraits including Edward and Alexandra at the... more

Chastleton House

Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh

Chastleton House, Chastleton, Moreton-in-Marsh, Oxfordshire

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

Upton House & Gardens, Banbury, Warwickshire

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

Haddo House

Methlick, Ellon

Haddo House, Methlick, Ellon, Aberdeenshire

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

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

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

Tatton Park

Knutsford

Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire

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

Wimpole Estate

Arrington, Royston

Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire

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

Berrington Hall

Leominster

Berrington Hall, Leominster, Herefordshire

With sweeping views across to the Black Mountains of Wales, it’s no wonder that landscaper du jour Capability Brown choose the site that Berrington Hall now stands on for the great architect Henry Holland to build on. Holland then created the... more

Paxton House, Gallery and Country Park, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Scottish Borders

Paxton House is one of the finest 18th century Palladian country houses in Britain, built to the design of John Adam with a Regency extension by Robert Reid. The twelve period rooms feature Adam interiors, a fine collection of Chippendale and Trotter... more

Pencarrow

Washaway, Bodmin

Pencarrow, Washaway, Bodmin, Cornwall

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

Trerice

Kestle Mill, Newquay

Trerice, Kestle Mill, Newquay, Cornwall

Trerice is a small Elizabethan manor house in a secluded setting. The highlight of the interior is the magnificient great chamber with its barrel ceiling. It houses fine fireplaces, oak and walnut furniture, interesting clocks, needlework and Stuart... more

Haddon Hall

Bakewell

Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire

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

Althorp

The Stables, Althorp, Northampton

Althorp, The Stables, Northampton, Northamptonshire

Even if Diana Princess of Wales had no connection with Althorp (pronounced Allthorp, don’t you know), it would still be a simply lovely country house to visit in the languid Northamptonshire countryside. The house dates back to the early 1500s and... more

Royal Burgh of Culross, Culross, Fife

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

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