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Harewood House

Harewood, Leeds

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire

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

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

Sledmere House

Sledmere, Driffield

Sledmere House, Sledmere, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire

Sledmere House is a fine 18th century Georgian House designed and built by Sir Christopher Sykes, set in a Capability Brown inspired landscape, with award winning rose garden and parterre. Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Sheraton and French furniture,... 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

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

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

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

Parham House & Gardens

Parham Park, Storrington, Pulborough

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

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

Arundel Castle

Arundel

Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex

You can see the mighty medieval Arundel Castle from miles away and as you approach it, its grandeur only seems to increase. Dating back to the Norman Conquest, the castle is groaning with terrific historical artefacts and you can’t swing a cat... 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

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon, Aylesbury

Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

To visit the glorious faux French chateau that is Waddesdon Manor is a lesson in how the gilded rich used to live their lives. Built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the late 19th century, its downstairs reception rooms are lavishly furnished to... 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

Carlyle's House

24 Cheyne Row, Chelsea, London

Carlyle's House, 24 Cheyne Row, London, 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

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

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

The Vyne

Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke

The Vyne, Vyne Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire

The Vyne was built in the 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII´s Lord Chamberlain. The masterpiece of the building is the central staircase by John Chute, with its fluted columns, all decorated in blue and white. In the rooms is a wealth of old... 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

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

Hanbury Hall & Gardens

School Road, Hanbury, Droitwich Spa

Hanbury Hall & Gardens, School Road, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire

Hanbury Hall, in the William and Mary style, was completed in 1701. The staircase, leading from the dark panelled hall, has its walls covered with murals by Sir James Thornhill. In the dining room, which still has its original ceiling, the fireplace... more

Kingston Lacy

Wimborne Minster

Kingston Lacy, Wimborne Minster, Dorset

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

Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park

Brodick, Isle of Arran

Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park, Brodick, Isle of Arran, Ayrshire

Oh, there’s nothing quite like a brooding country castle and a pretty surrounding estate for a grand day out (especially when they have a tea room as nice as the one here, in the old servants quarters, serving local beers and ice-creams made in... 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

Leith Hall, Garden & Estate, Huntly, Aberdeenshire

Leith Hall is a charming and intimate Scottish family home and the oldest parts date back to 1650. The house offers a unique insight into the lives, loves and tragedies of the Leith-Hay family over the last four centuries. On display is an... more

Sledmere House

Sledmere, Driffield

Sledmere House, Sledmere, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire

Sledmere House is a fine 18th century Georgian House designed and built by Sir Christopher Sykes, set in a Capability Brown inspired landscape, with award winning rose garden and parterre. Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Sheraton and French furniture,... more

Nottingham Castle

Nottingham

Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Situated high above the city, Nottingham Castle is a 17th century Mansion built over 300 years ago, on the site of a medieval castle originally built by William the Conqueror. A vibrant museum that houses a range of collections including historic and... more

Blickling Estate

Blickling, Aylsham, Norwich

Blickling Estate, Blickling, Norwich, Norfolk

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

Chirk Castle

Chirk, Wrexham

Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham, Wrexham

The National Trust lays on entertainment by the bucket load at its Chirk Castle property, the Welsh castle built in 1310 and the last one of Edward I’s reign to be inhabited. Explore the medieval fortress with its dungeon and murder holes, meet Will... 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

Coughton Court

Alcester

Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire

A vast Tudor House surrounded by beautiful gardens, the history of Coughton Court and the Throckmorton family who have lived there for 600 years is a fascinating one. The house, in Alcester near Redditch, is home to a collection of Catholic treasures... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Oakham Castle

Market Place, Oakham

Oakham Castle, Market Place, Oakham, Rutland

Oakham Castle was built in the 12th century by Walkelin de Ferrers, the Great Hall is one of the finest examples of domestic architecture for that period in Britain. In the hall is a range of 12th century sculpture and, although damaged, is of superb... more

Glynde Place

Glynde, Lewes

Glynde Place, Glynde, Lewes, East Sussex

Glynde Place is a magnificent Elizabethan manor house set in the heart of the South Downs. It is the family home of Viscount and Viscountess Hampden whose forebears built the house in 1569 from local flint and stone fron Caen, Normandy. Portraits,... more

Lydiard House

Lydiard Park, Lydiard Tregoze, Swindon

Lydiard House, Lydiard Park, Swindon, Wiltshire

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

Preston Manor

Preston Drove, Brighton

Preston Manor, Preston Drove, Brighton, East Sussex

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

Ragley Hall

Alcester

Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire

Warwickshire 1680. Robert Hooke designed Ragley just 15 years after his work started rebuilding London with Sir Christopher Wren, caused by The Great Fire of London. Ragley’s magnificent proportions are created in the Italian style after Andrea... more

Raby Castle

Staindrop, Darlington

Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington, Durham

Raby Castle; This dramatic medieval Castle, built by the mighty Nevills has been home to Lord Barnard´s family since 1626. Set within a large deer park, with delightful rolling landscape and walled gardens. Highlights include the Barons' Hall where... more

Antony

Torpoint

Antony, Torpoint, Cornwall

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

Falkland Palace & Garden

Falkland, Cupar

Falkland Palace & Garden, Falkland, Cupar, Fife

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 palace contains fine portraits of the Stuart monarchs and two sets... more

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate

Drumoak, Banchory

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

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 mansion in 1619 and a later addition during the reign of Queen Victoria. The castle was... 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

Wightwick Manor & Gardens

Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton

Wightwick Manor & Gardens, Wightwick Bank, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

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

House of the Binns

Linlithgow

House of the Binns, Linlithgow, West Lothian

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

Bowood House & Gardens

Estate Office, Bowood House, Calne

Bowood House & Gardens, Estate Office, Calne, Wiltshire

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

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Belsay, Newcastle upon Tyne

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

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

Syon House

Syon Park, Brentford

Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, London

Syon House is the London home of the Duke of Northumberland. The House is Tudor in origin and was transformed by Robert Adam into one of his earliest and finest interiors. Many of the furnishings were brought to Syon from Northumberland House after... more

Farnborough Hall

Farnborough, Banbury

Farnborough Hall, Farnborough, Banbury, Warwickshire

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

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