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

Parham House & Gardens

Parham House & Gardens, Parham Park, Pulborough, West Sussex

Parham Park, Storrington, Pulborough


Parham House: This beautiful Elizabethan house is set in the heart of a medieval deer park at the foot of the South Downs. The foundation stone was laid in 1577 by the two year old Thomas Palmer. It is reputed Queen Elizabeth dined at Parham in 1593... more

Knightshayes

Knightshayes, Bolham, Tiverton, Devon

Bolham, Tiverton


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

Attingham Park

Attingham Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Atcham, Shrewsbury


Elegant 18th century mansion Attingham Park, with its three storey ionic portico at the entrance, is a wonderfully grand sight to behold. Built for the first Lord Berwick in 1785, it sits in stunning parkland between the River Severn and Shrewsbury... more

Saltram

Saltram, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon

Plympton, Plymouth


Saltram House is a remarkable Georgian mansion that features some of Robert Adam´s finest rooms. There are exquisite plasterwork ceilings and some rooms are decorated with original 18th century Chinese wallpaper. The fine collection of paintings... more

Felbrigg Hall, Gardens & Estate

Felbrigg Hall, Gardens & Estate, Felbrigg, Norwich, Norfolk

Felbrigg, Norwich


Felbrigg Hall is one of the finest 17th century houses in East Anglia, with its original 18th century collection of furniture, mainly English and French, and one of the largest collections of Grand Tour paintings by a single artist. The outstanding... more

Audley End House & Gardens

Audley End House & Gardens, Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex

Off London Road, Saffron Walden


One of England’s most fabulous country mansions, Audley End House is a Jacobean confection made for entertaining – and it still does. National Heritage makes the most of the house’s story and its successive owners (including Thomas Audley, Lord... 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

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

The Manor

The Manor, Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon


Built about 1130, The Manor is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in the country. Here the author Lucy Boston based her Green Knowe books and readers feel that they are walking into the books. In the winter Lucy Boston sewed exquisite... 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

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

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

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

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

Treasurer's House, York

Treasurer's House, York, Minster Yard, York, North Yorkshire

Minster Yard, York


The Treasurer´s House, named after the Treasurer of York Minster and built over a Roman Road, nestles behind the Minster and dates back to 1091. It was carefully restored, by the wealthy Victorian industrialist Frank Green, between 1897 and 1930. It... 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

Pollok House

Pollok House, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, Glasgow City

2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow


Pollok House is set in the grounds of Pollok Park, home to the Maxwell family for over 600 years. The present house, (c.1750) replaced three earlier structures and was extended in 1890. The house contains an internationally important collection of... more

Burton Constable Hall

Burton Constable Hall, Burton Constable Foundation, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Burton Constable Foundation, Burton Constable, Skirlaugh, Hull


A grand Elizabethan mansion built upon the site of a former brick manor house and 12th century tower, Burton Constable Hall overlooks splendid Capability Brown-designed landscaped grounds and a deer park. Dominated by the Great Hall which is a... 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

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

Lytham Hall

Lytham Hall, Ballam Road, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

Ballam Road, Lytham St Annes


Lytham Hall is a Grade I listed manor and is widely believed to be the finest Georgian house in the North West of England. The present House was designed by John Carr of York and the Main Hall displays his work at its best.... 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

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

Chavenage House

Chavenage House, Chavenage, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Chavenage, Tetbury


A Cotswold manor pretty much unaltered for the last 400 years, Chavenage House in Gloucestershire is probably best known as Candleford Manor in the popular TV series Larkrise to Candleford. It was built in the classic Elizabethan E shape that it is... 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

Carlyle's House

Carlyle's House, 24 Cheyne Row, London, London

24 Cheyne Row, Chelsea, London


Head to the Victorian writer’s shrine in London’s Chelsea that is Carlyle’s House and you’ll learn all about great public speaker, ethical thinker and social essayist Thomas Carlyle. A beautiful Queen Anne house in a quiet side street of this... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arlington Court & the National Trust Carriage Museum

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

Arlington, Barnstaple


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

Hagley Hall

Hagley Hall, Hagley, Worcestershire

Hagley


The fabulous creation of poet and man of letters George, first Lord Lyttelton (also secretary to Frederick Prince of Wales and briefly Chancellor of the Exchequor ), Hagley Hall in Worcestershire is a wonder of 18th century architecture and the last... 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

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

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

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

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

Spencer House

Spencer House, 27 St James's Place, London, London

27 St James's Place, London


Spencer House, London´s finest surviving 18th century town house, was built in 1756-66 for the 1st Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales, (1961-97). It was designed by John Vardy and James `Athenian´ Stuart and houses a fine... 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

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

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

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

Somerleyton Hall & Gardens

Somerleyton Hall & Gardens, Somerleyton, Lowestoft, Suffolk

Somerleyton, Lowestoft


Somerleyton Hall, originally Jacobean, was redesigned by Sir Morton Peto in Victorian Anglo-Italian style and is home to the Crossley family. Features include lavish carved stonework by John Thomas and wood carvings by Grinling Gibbons. The entrance... 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

Smallhythe Place

Smallhythe Place, Smallhythe, Tenterden, Kent

Smallhythe, Tenterden


Smallhythe Place is an early 16th century half timbered house, which was the home of the Victorian actress Ellen Terry from 1899 until her death in 1928. It contains many personal and theatrical mementoes, and beautiful stage costumes from her... more

Preston Manor

Preston Manor, Preston Drove, Brighton, East Sussex

Preston Drove, Brighton


Preston Manor is a delightful old Manor House evoking the atmosphere of an Edwardian gentry house both `upstairs´ and `downstairs´. Dating from c.1600, rebuilt in 1738 and substantially added to in 1905, Preston Manor gives a rare insight into life... 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

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