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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elton Hall

Elton Hall, Elton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Elton, Peterborough


If you are in the mood for a classic country house with all the topiary trimmings and gorgeous interiors, head off to the Cambridgeshire/Northants borders where stunning Elton Hall sits. There is a mixture of styles inside, ranging from 15th century... more

Broadlands

Broadlands, Romsey, Hampshire

Romsey


Broadlands is one of the finest examples of mid-Georgian architecture in England and stands in a spacious parkland that is typically British. The house has many royal and historic associations with superb interiors and art treasures.... 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

Paxton House, Gallery and Country Park

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

Berwick-upon-Tweed


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

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

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

Heaton Hall

Heaton Hall, Heaton Park, Manchester, Greater Manchester

Heaton Park, Prestwich, Manchester


Heaton Hall is a Grade 1 listed 18th century country house set in the middle of Heaton Park. The principal rooms have been gradually restored with appropriate furnishings.... more

Levens Hall

Levens Hall, Kendal, Cumbria

Kendal


Levens Hall is an Elizabethan mansion, built around a 13th century Pele tower, converted into a gentleman´s residence and home of the Bagot family, containing fine panelling, plasterwork and period furniture. Also paintings by Rubens, Lely and Cuyp... more

House of the Binns

House of the Binns, Linlithgow, West Lothian

Linlithgow


The House of the Binns is the historic home of the Dalyells family, among them General Tam Dalyell who raised the Royal Scots Greys here in 1681. Four of the main rooms have important moulded ceilings, some of the earliest examples in Scotland. The... 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

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

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

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

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

Bantock House Museum & Park

Bantock House Museum & Park, Finchfield Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Finchfield Road, Wolverhampton


A lovely restored Georgian farmhouse set in 43 acres of grounds, Bantock House Museum takes you on a journey through the history of Wolverhampton. The house itself is a joy to explore with its carved oak panelled rooms, tiles and period furnishings... 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

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

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

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

Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection

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

The Wakes, Selborne, Alton


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

Chiswick House & Gardens

Chiswick House & Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, London

Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London


Walk into the entrance of Chiswick House, a classic example of 18th century British architecture, and the silence engulfs you. The roar of the traffic and the chaos of west London subsides as you slip into this wonderful Roman-style Palladian villa... 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

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

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

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

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

Hatchlands Park

Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey

East Clandon, Guildford


Hatchlands is set in a beautiful 430 acre Repton Park, open everyday offering a variety of way-marked walks. The house was built for the naval hero Admiral Boscawen in 1756 and has some of the earliest surviving interiors by Robert Adam, which are... 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

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

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

Buscot Park

Buscot Park, Estate Office, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Estate Office, Faringdon


The home of Lord Faringdon, 18th century Buscot Park in Oxfordshire is one of those glorious English country estates that whisk you back through the centuries as you wander in awe at the beautiful paintings and plates, pots and urns, furniture and... more

Michelham Priory & Gardens

Michelham Priory & Gardens, Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex

Upper Dicker, Hailsham


Most famous for the fact that it is the home of England’s longest water-filled moat dating back to 1229, Michelham Priory in Hailsham was founded by Augustinian canons and has experienced a rocky history by way of the dissolution of the monasteries.... 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

Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall, Estate Office, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire

Estate Office, Burton Agnes, Driffield


Described as a “splendid and glittering composition”, the Elizabethan Burton Agnes Hall in South Driffield, South Yorkshire, is truly beautiful to behold. Built in 1598 by master mason to the queen (who also built Longleat, Wollaton and Hardwick), it... more

Ightham Mote

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Sevenoaks, Kent

Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks


Ightham Mote is a superb moated manor house dating from the early 14th century. It was bought in 1953 by American, Charles Robinson, who had first seen the house on a tour of Kent before the First World War. The main features of the house, which is... 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

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

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

Nostell Priory & Parkland

Nostell Priory & Parkland, Doncaster Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield


Nostell Priory was built in 1733 for Sir Rowland Winn, the house is an architectural masterpiece by James Paine. The State Rooms were later completed by Robert Adam, and are magnificent examples of 18th century interior style. It houses one of... 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

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

Doddington Hall & Gardens

Doddington Hall & Gardens, Doddington, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Doddington, Lincoln


Doddington Hall stands today in its walled courtyard as it was built in 1600 and has been occupied for over 400 years and is still a family home today. It was built by Robert Smythson, who also designed Longleat and Hardwick Hall. In 1749 the... more

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