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

Snowshill Manor & Garden

Snowshill Manor & Garden, Snowshill, Broadway, Gloucestershire

Snowshill, Broadway


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

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

Sulgrave Manor

Sulgrave Manor, Manor Road, Banbury, Northamptonshire

Manor Road, Sulgrave, Banbury


The Birthplace of the United States of America! Built by George Washington's Ancestors in the 16th century, the Manor is now owned by the peoples of the United Kingdom and the United States and stands as a symbol of the friendship and goodwill... more

House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve

House of Dun & Montrose Basin Nature Reserve, Montrose, Angus

Montrose


House of Dun is a Georgian house, overlooking the Montrose Basin, designed and built by William Adam in 1730 for David Erskine, Lord Dun. The superb plasterwork is by Joseph Enzer. Inside are collections of family portraits, 18th and 19th century... more

Seaton Delaval Hall

Seaton Delaval Hall, The Avenue, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear

The Avenue, Seaton Sluice, Whitley Bay


Seaton Delaval Hall: Admiral Delaval commissioned Sir John Vanbrugh to build the hall in 1718. The family originally came from France but came here with Duke William of Normandy in 1066. The Hall was damaged by fire in 1822, but successive... 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

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

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

Traquair House

Traquair House, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders

Innerleithen


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

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

Wilton House

Wilton House, The Estate Office, Salisbury, Wiltshire

The Estate Office, Wilton, Salisbury


Wilton House has been the ancestral home of the Earls of Pembroke for 450 years and was rebuilt, after a fire in 1647, by Inigo Jones and John Webb. There were further alterations by James Wyatt in 1801. The magnificent 17th century state rooms... 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

Stonor Park

Stonor Park, Stonor, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Stonor, Henley-on-Thames


Stonor Park has been the historic family home of the Stonor family, for over 850 years. The House and Chapel date from the 12th century with later additions. Inside there are rare furnishings, paintings, bronzes, silhouettes and sculptures. The... more

Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, York, North Yorkshire

Nunnington, York


Nunnington Hall is mainly a 17th century manor house, the west wing dates from 1580 but was badly damaged during the Civil War by a Parliamentarian garrison. It was extensively remodelled in 1685 and again in the 1920s. The interior has stone flagged... 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

Dyrham Park

Dyrham Park, Dyrham, Bath, Gloucestershire

Dyrham, Bath


Dyrham Park is a 17th century mansion built in the baroque style between 1692 and 1704 for William Blathwayt, Secretary of State to William III. The rooms have changed little since they were furnished by Blathwayt. Due to his royal connections, the... more

Dalemain Historic House & Garden

Dalemain Historic House & Garden, Penrith, Cumbria

Penrith


The medieval Tudor and Georgian Dalemain Historic House has been home to the Hasell family since 1679 with an interior that has not changed since the 18th century. The entrance hall has a shallow staircase made of local oak, and collections of china,... 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

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

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

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

Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey, Stamford Military Hospital, Altrincham, Greater Manchester

Stamford Military Hospital, Altrincham


Dunham Massey Hall in Cheshire, once the country home of the Earls of Warrington and Stamford, will become the Stamford Military Hospital – a function it held back in 1917 – from March 2014. The transformation of the Georgian mansion, orchestrated by... more

St Mary´s House & Gardens

St Mary´s House & Gardens, Bramber, West Sussex

Bramber


St Mary´s House is a magnificent medieval house with fine panelled interiors, including the unique Elizabethan ´Painted Room´ with its trompe l´oeil murals, giving an air of tranquillity and timelessness. The Drawing Room has a marquetry overmantle... 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

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill, Quy Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Quy Road, Lode, Cambridge


In stark contrast to its original purpose as an abbey for religious worship, this Jacobean-style mansion later became all about pleasure seeking. Its owner in the 1930s was the future Lord Fairhaven and he took on the house with the intention of... more

Manderston

Manderston, Duns, Scottish Borders

Duns


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

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

Oxburgh Hall

Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, Swaffham, Norfolk

Oxborough, Swaffham


Oxburgh Hall is a moated manor house with a magnificent Tudor gatehouse, built in 1482 by the Bedingfeld family, who still live there today. The rooms show how the house developed over the years from medieval to Victorian comfort, and include an... 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

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

Ickworth

Ickworth, The Rotunda, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

The Rotunda, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds


Ickworth House was created by the eccentric Earl of Bristol, with its central rotunda and curved corridors, to house his superb collection of paintings by Titian, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Velasquez, and a magnificent Georgian silver collection. In... 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

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

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire

Ticknall, Derby


With stately homes all around the country spruced up and ready for inspection, Calke Abbey near Derby makes for an altogether different trip back in time. The paintwork is peeling, the once smart courtyards overgrown and many parts of the estate in... 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

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

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

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

Scampston Hall

Scampston Hall, Estate Office, Malton, West Yorkshire

Estate Office, Scampston Hall, Malton


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

Antony

Antony, Torpoint, Cornwall

Torpoint


If you’ve ever seen Tim Burton’s movie Alice In Wonderland, the enigmatically named Antony will seem rather familiar – it provided the setting whilst Johnny Depp’s off the wall Mad Hatter’s Tea Party was all filmed in the grounds. This early 18th... 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

Farnborough Hall

Farnborough Hall, Farnborough, Banbury, Warwickshire

Farnborough, Banbury


In the low afternoon sun, the rays hit the honey-coloured stone of Farnborough Hall and create such a gorgeous hue that you understand at once why its creator William Holbech II opted for this pretty Horton stone for the build. Sitting in rural... 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

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

Claydon

Claydon, Middle Claydon, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Middle Claydon, Buckingham


The architecture of Claydon House includes extravagant rococo and chinoiserie decoration, with a unique Chinese Room and parquetry Grand Staircase that is so precious no one is allowed to use it. The house was occupied by the Verney family for over... more

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Belsay, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear

Belsay, Newcastle upon Tyne


You know those times when you go on holiday and fall in love with the local architecture? Well, that’s what happened when Sir Charles Monck went on honeymoon to Greece and the result is the stone, multi-pillared creation that is Belsay Hall in... 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

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

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

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