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Highclere Castle

Highclere, Newbury

Highclere Castle, Highclere, Newbury, Hampshire

Highclere Castle is the ancestral home of the Earls of Carnarvon. In the 1830s the 3rd Earl commissioned Sir Charles Barry to transform the original Georgian house into this soaring pinnacled mansion. The splendid State Rooms are rich in treasures... more

Osborne House

East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Osborne House, East Cowes, Isle of Wight


Discover the intimate world of Queen Victoria at Osborne House Osborne House was built for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a private holiday home. It was designed by Prince Albert and built by Thomas Cubitt in Italianate... more

Greys Court

Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames

Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Greys Court is a picturesque 14th century house that was much added to, with one surviving tower dating from 1347. It has been the home of the Brunner family since the 1930s and is furnished as a family home, with some fine 18th century plasterwork... 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

Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott, Lechlade

Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott, Lechlade, Oxfordshire

Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed Tudor farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames, dating from 1570 and situated on the edge of the village of Kelmscott, near Lechlade. William Morris (designer, writer and socialist) chose it as his summer home,... more

Kingston Bagpuize House

Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon

Kingston Bagpuize House, Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

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

Belton House

Grantham

Belton House, Grantham, Lincolnshire

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

Dudmaston Estate

Quatt, Bridgnorth

Dudmaston Estate, Quatt, Bridgnorth, Shropshire

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

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

Petworth House & Park, Petworth, West Sussex

Petworth House is a magnificient late 17th century mansion, housing the finest collection of pictures in the care of The National Trust with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake. The state rooms also have a large collection of... more

Montacute House

Montacute, Yeovil

Montacute House, Montacute, Yeovil, Somerset

Montacute House is an Elizabethan house adorned with elegant chimneys, carved parapets, heraldic glass and other Renaissance features. The magnificent state rooms include the Long Gallery which is the largest of its type in Britain, and is full of... more

Baddesley Clinton

Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton

Baddesley Clinton, Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire

Dating back to the 15th century and home to the wealthy Ferrers family for 500 years, Baddesley Clinton manor house in Lapworth, just south of Birmingham, is a moated medieval confection with interiors reflecting the Elizabethan period. The history... more

The Manor

Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon

The Manor, Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

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

Cottesbrooke Hall

Cottesbrooke, Northampton

Cottesbrooke Hall, Cottesbrooke, Northampton, Northamptonshire

A classic country house cocooned by acres of lush grounds and woodland, Cottesbrooke Hall in Northamptonshire is a Queen Ann mansion built back in 1702 which many believe to be the inspiration for Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. Inside, portraits,... more

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley, BERKELEY, Berkeley

Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Berkeley, Gloucestershire

They don’t come much more historic than Berkeley Castle. This Gloucestershire landmark has played host to Francis Drake, Elizabeth I and a succession of other royalty as well as being celebrated by Shakespeare and the scene of Edward II’s murder back... more

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Belsay, Newcastle upon Tyne

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


Explore one of Britain's most Intriguing Country Mansions The Belsay Hall comprises three distinct but related elements: a medieval castle that was enlarged in the early 17th century, a Greek Revival mansion that superseded it as... 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

Treasurer's House, York

Minster Yard, York

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

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

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

Chiswick House & Gardens

Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London

Chiswick House & Gardens, Burlington Lane, London, London


Discover One of London's hidden gems One of West London's hidden gems, Chiswick house is a classic example of beautiful 18th century British architecture. The wonderful Roman-style Palladian villa was inspired by the Earl of... more

Hill of Tarvit Mansionhouse & Garden, Cupar, Fife

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

Gawthorpe Hall

Burnley Road, Padiham, Burnley

Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley Road, Burnley, Lancashire

Gawthorpe Hall was built in the early 17th century for Sir Richard Shuttleworth although the family owned the estate for 200 years before. Much of the original plasterwork remains and the long gallery is hung with early 17th century portraits. Many... more

Pollok House

2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow

Pollok House, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, Glasgow City

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

Dunham Massey

Stamford Military Hospital, Altrincham

Dunham Massey, Stamford Military Hospital, Altrincham, Greater Manchester

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

Glamis Castle

Glamis

Glamis Castle, Glamis, Angus

Winner of the best attraction award for the UK 2015. Enjoy the history and spectacle of Glamis Castle. Take a guided tour with one of the expert guides and soak up the atmosphere of a thousand years of history. The tours run regularly throughout... more

Tyntesfield

Wraxall, Bristol

Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Bristol, Bath & Northeast Somerset

Tyntesfield is a spectacular Victorian country house, remodelled by John Norton in 1864 for William Gibbs. It is an extraordinary Gothic Revival, with extravagant towers and turrets. The original interior is still intact with an unrivalled collection... more

Ightham Mote

Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks

Ightham Mote, Mote Road, Sevenoaks, Kent

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

Georgian House

7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

Georgian House, 7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

The Georgian House is part of Robert Adam´s masterpiece of urban design, Charlotte Square. It dates from 1796, when those who could afford it began to escape the cramped, squalid conditions of Edinburgh´s Old Town to settle in the fashionable New... more

Highclere Castle

Highclere, Newbury

Highclere Castle, Highclere, Newbury, Hampshire

Highclere Castle is the ancestral home of the Earls of Carnarvon. In the 1830s the 3rd Earl commissioned Sir Charles Barry to transform the original Georgian house into this soaring pinnacled mansion. The splendid State Rooms are rich in treasures... more

Osborne House

East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Osborne House, East Cowes, Isle of Wight


Discover the intimate world of Queen Victoria at Osborne House Osborne House was built for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a private holiday home. It was designed by Prince Albert and built by Thomas Cubitt in Italianate... more

Greys Court

Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames

Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

Greys Court is a picturesque 14th century house that was much added to, with one surviving tower dating from 1347. It has been the home of the Brunner family since the 1930s and is furnished as a family home, with some fine 18th century plasterwork... 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

Kelmscott Manor

Kelmscott, Lechlade

Kelmscott Manor, Kelmscott, Lechlade, Oxfordshire

Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed Tudor farmhouse adjacent to the River Thames, dating from 1570 and situated on the edge of the village of Kelmscott, near Lechlade. William Morris (designer, writer and socialist) chose it as his summer home,... more

Osterley Park & House

Jersey Road, Isleworth

Osterley Park & House, Jersey Road, Isleworth, London

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

Powis Castle & Garden, Welshpool, Powys

Powis Castle is built on a high rock overlooking the garden terraces and has been the home of the Earls of Powis for many generations. There is a wealth of fine paintings and furniture, one of the finest collections in Wales. The sister of the 2nd... 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

Polesden Lacey

Great Bookham, Dorking

Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham, Dorking, Surrey

Polesden Lacey, originally a Regency house, was extensively remodelled in 1906-09 by the Hon Mrs Ronald Greville, a well-known Edwardian hostess. Her collection of fine British portraits by Lawrence, Reynolds and Raeburn is in the dining room. The... more

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

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

Manderston House and Gardens, Duns, Scottish Borders

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

Sudley House

Mossley Hill Road, Aigburth, Liverpool

Sudley House, Mossley Hill Road, Liverpool, Merseyside

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

Kingston Bagpuize House

Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon

Kingston Bagpuize House, Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

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

Hutton-In-The-Forest, Penrith, Cumbria

The historic house at Hutton-In-The-Forest is based on a medieval pele tower, with substantial additions in 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Entrance is through the medieval Stone Hall, hung with a variety of weapons. The new hall has a Cupid... more

Kew Palace

33 Kew Green, Richmond upon Thames

Kew Palace, 33 Kew Green, Richmond upon Thames, London


Explore a Royal Manor House untouched by History Built as a private house in 1631 and used by the royal family between 1729 and 1818, Kew Palace is an intimate regal home once enjoyed by George III, Queen Charlotte and their 15... more

Hamptonne Country Life Museum

La Rue de la Patente, St Lawrence

Hamptonne Country Life Museum, La Rue de la Patente, St Lawrence, Jersey

Hamptonne Country Life Museum in St Lawrence allows you to discover six centuries of Jersey’s rural history, brought to life by Goodwyf and other living history characters who'll tell you about yarn spinning and other popular pursuits from the old... more

Burton Constable Hall

Burton Constable Foundation, Burton Constable, Skirlaugh, Hull

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

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

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

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

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

Knole

Sevenoaks

Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent

If ever there was an argument for the importance of the National Trust, Kent’s Knole House is it. This 15th century palace built for bygone archbishops before becoming the property of Henry VIII and then the influential Sackville family (Vita... more

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Bowness-on-Windermere

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

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

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