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The Hill House

Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh

The Hill House, Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute


Step back in time at The Hill House 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... more

Fyvie Castle

Fyvie, Turriff

Fyvie Castle, Fyvie, Turriff, Aberdeenshire


Visit one of Scotland's most Beautiful Castle Fyvie Castle was once a royal stronghold, one of a chain of fortresses throughout medieval Scotland. The five towers are traditionally associated with the five successive families... more

Falkland Palace & Garden

Falkland, Cupar

Falkland Palace & Garden, Falkland, Cupar, Fife


Step Back in Time at Falkland Palace and Gardens The Royal Palace of Falkland, the country residence of Stuart kings and queens, was built between 1450 and 1541. Part of the palace was burned down by Cromwell´s troops in 1654. The... more

House of the Binns

Linlithgow

House of the Binns, Linlithgow, West Lothian


Discover Generations of Family History at House of the Binns 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... more

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

Drumoak, Banchory

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate, Drumoak, Banchory, Aberdeenshire


Explore one of Royal Deeside’s top historic attractions at Drum Castle The keep at Drum Castle is one of the three oldest tower houses surviving in Scotland. The original house was enlarged with the creation of a very fine Jacobean... more

Chartwell

Mapleton Road, Westerham

Chartwell, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent

Chartwell was the family home of Sir Winston Churchill from 1924. The rooms are kept as they were during his lifetime and offer an insight into both his domestic and political life. Photographs, books and personal possessions, including his famous... more

Mont Orgueil Castle

Gorey, St Martin

Mont Orgueil Castle, Gorey, St Martin, Jersey

Mount Orgueil Castle protected the people of Jersey from French invaders for some 600 years and presents a fabulous opportunity for exploring its many towers, secret rooms and networks of staircases. Rather cutely, there is also a series of hidden... more

Wollaton Hall & Park/Natural History Museum, Wollaton, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Wollaton Hall & Park/Natural History Museum stands on a natural hill 3 miles west of Nottingham City centre. This sensational Elizabethan house was designed by Robert Smythson and completed in 1588 and set in a scenic 500 acre historic park. Inside,... 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

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

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

The Hill House

Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh

The Hill House, Upper Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute


Step back in time at The Hill House 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... more

Fyvie Castle

Fyvie, Turriff

Fyvie Castle, Fyvie, Turriff, Aberdeenshire


Visit one of Scotland's most Beautiful Castle Fyvie Castle was once a royal stronghold, one of a chain of fortresses throughout medieval Scotland. The five towers are traditionally associated with the five successive families... more

Burghley House

Stamford

Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire

Should you be fortunate enough to be sitting on the sweeping lawns of Burghley House, the spires of Stamford in the distance and the glorious 16th century building behind you, you would truly appreciate how bygone landscape gardeners, architects and... more

Melford Hall

Long Melford, Sudbury

Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk

Melford Hall is one of East Anglia´s most celebrated Elizabethan houses that has changed little since 1578, and has been the home of the Hyde Parker family since 1786. The original panelling is still in the banqueting hall, which is filled with... more

Normanby Hall Country Park & Farming Museum

Normanby Hall Country Park, Normanby, Scunthorpe

Normanby Hall Country Park & Farming Museum, Normanby Hall Country Park, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

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

Athelhampton House & Gardens

Athelhampton, Dorchester

Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Dorchester, Dorset

With a lineage stretching back to the 1400s, it’s not surprising that a walk around Althelhampton House in Dorset is a living history lesson. Its Great Hall is its centrepiece, built in 1485 as the main accommodation for the house’s inhabitants and... 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

Buscot Park

Estate Office, Faringdon

Buscot Park, Estate Office, Faringdon, Oxfordshire

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

Aston Hall

Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham

Aston Hall, Trinity Road, Birmingham, West Midlands

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

Sherborne Castle

New Road, Sherborne

Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne, Dorset

Sherborne Castle is an historic country house, built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and extended by the Digby family whose stately home it has been since 1617. The rooms are a variety of styles from Tudor, Jacobean, Georgian to Victorian. Prince... more

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Brodsworth, Doncaster

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire


Unveil the historic life of a Victorian country house. Brodsworth Hall was built in the 1860s, as an up-to-date new home for the Thellusson family and their servants. It survived with remarkably few changes until taken on by... more

Avington Park

Avington Park, Avington, Winchester

Avington Park, Avington Park, Winchester, Hampshire

The Palladian mansion Avington Park, overlooking the River Itchen near Winchester, is the quintessential English country retreat. From its beautifully painted main hall and Clermont's striking tempura painted designs filled with gold leaf in the... 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

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

Arley Hall & Gardens

Arley, Northwich

Arley Hall & Gardens, Arley, Northwich, Cheshire

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

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


Unravel The Origin of Species at Down House Just outside central London stands the family home of world-renowned Victorian scientist Charles Darwin, Down House, a unique building laden with historical and scientific significance.... more

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


Explore Plas Newydd 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... more

Falkland Palace & Garden

Falkland, Cupar

Falkland Palace & Garden, Falkland, Cupar, Fife


Step Back in Time at Falkland Palace and Gardens The Royal Palace of Falkland, the country residence of Stuart kings and queens, was built between 1450 and 1541. Part of the palace was burned down by Cromwell´s troops in 1654. The... more

Stonor Park

Stonor, Henley-on-Thames

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

Stonor Park has been the historic family home of the Stonor family, for over 850 years - making it one of the oldest family homes still lived in today. When you visit, you will see why. The historic building and sweeping grounds are breath... more

Killerton

Broadclyst, Exeter

Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon

Killerton House was rebuilt in 1778 for the Acland family, to the design of John Johnson. Alterations to the original house were made later, which included, a rear extension and new side entrance. It houses the Paulise de Bush collection of 18th to... more

Charlecote Park

Wellesbourne, Warwick

Charlecote Park, Wellesbourne, Warwick, Warwickshire

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

Canons Ashby

Daventry

Canons Ashby, Daventry, Northamptonshire

Visitors to Canons Ashby House in rural Northamptonshire will discover the elegant residence of the Dryden family, who built it in the mid-16th century. Unlike many grand old homes, this one has remained pretty much unchanged since 1710 and poking... more

Weston Park

Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal

Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal, Shropshire

Weston Park, built in 1671, is the award winning 17th century Stately Home that was designed by Lady Elizabeth Wilbraham and was the former home of the Earls of Bradford. It boasts a superb collection of paintings that includes works by Van Dyck,... more

Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire

Forever famous as the setting for the fabulous Granada TV 1981 series of Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, Castle Howard in North Yorkshire is a wonderful 18th century house created for Charles Howard the third earl of Carlisle – whose descendants still... more

Nostell Priory & Parkland

Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield

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

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

Michelham Priory & Gardens

Upper Dicker, Hailsham

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

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

House of the Binns

Linlithgow

House of the Binns, Linlithgow, West Lothian


Discover Generations of Family History at House of the Binns 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... more

Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Gwynedd

Penrhyn Castle is a massive 19th century neo-Norman castle, built for the wealthy Pennant family. It is crammed with fascinating things including a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria. It houses one of the best art collections in Wales,... more

Kelham Hall & Country Park

Kelham Hall, Newark

Kelham Hall & Country Park, Kelham Hall, Newark, Nottinghamshire

You can’t beat a day out in the country and with fishing on tap, picturesque woodland walks, plenty of events and activities laid on, delicious hearty lunches and 44 beautiful acres of grounds running along the River Trent to explore, Kelham Hall and... more

Standen

West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead

Standen, West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex

Standen is a family house built in the 1890s, a showpiece of the Arts & Crafts Movement designed by Philip Webb and decorated throughout with original William Morris carpets, fabrics and wallpapers. On display are contemporary paintings, tapestries,... more

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum & Village, Lacock, Chippenham, Wiltshire

Lacock Abbey was founded in 1232 and converted into a country house in the mid-16th century, the cloisters and monastic rooms of the Abbey have survived largely intact. On the closure of the monastery it passed to William Sharington. The Strong Room... more

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

Drumoak, Banchory

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate, Drumoak, Banchory, Aberdeenshire


Explore one of Royal Deeside’s top historic attractions at Drum Castle The keep at Drum Castle is one of the three oldest tower houses surviving in Scotland. The original house was enlarged with the creation of a very fine Jacobean... more

Forde Abbey & Gardens

Forde Abbey, Chard

Forde Abbey & Gardens, Forde Abbey, 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

Chavenage House

Chavenage House, Chavenage, Tetbury

Chavenage House, Chavenage House, Tetbury, Gloucestershire

A Cotswold manor pretty much unaltered for the last 400 years, Chavenage House in Gloucestershire is featuring as Trenwith House in the hugely popular Poldark. Prior to that it was probably best known as Candleford Manor in the series Larkrise to... more

Ascott

Wing, Leighton Buzzard

Ascott, Wing, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire

The half-timbered Jacobean Ascott House started life as a modest hunting box and then country retreat back in the late 1800s when Leopold de Rothschild set his sights on it but later became much grander as successive family members made their mark.... 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

Burton Agnes Hall

Estate Office, Burton Agnes, Driffield

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

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

Kensington Palace, State Apartments & Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, London, London


Explore Centuries of Style at Kensington Palace’s state apartments and Royal Ceremonial Dress collection Experience Kensington Palace’s state apartments and Royal Ceremonial Dress collection. Featuring the King’s Staircase, a... more

Stourhead

Nr Mere, Warminster

Stourhead, Nr Mere, Warminster, Wiltshire


Discover Stourhead House 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... more

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