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Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Historic Houses

Some of the most exquisite and intriguing historic houses in England are scattered across the South East. From the Indian-style confection of Brighton Pavilion in East Sussex to the grace of 17th-century Cliveden in Berkshire, the region’s many stately homes are steeped in rich social and architectural history.

Stately Homes

Aside from these esteemed historic houses mentioned above, there are many other amazing examples in England that the South East can lay claim to. Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire was built in the late 1800's by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild; today it is home one of the most exceptional collections of French 18th Century decorative arts and English portraits in the world. Also in Buckinghamshire, Bletchley Park was famous as a World War Two code-breaking centre and now houses a superb museum.

Palatial Goodwood House in West Sussex has a world-class horse-racing track, motor-racing circuit and a large private art collection, while the gigantic baroque pile of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is one of the most architecturally elaborate historic houses in England.

There are far too many to mention here, but other notable historic houses located across the South East include Polesden Lacey in Surrey, Bateman’s in East Sussex, Basildon Park in Berkshire and Chartwell in Kent.

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Mary Rose Museum

Mary Rose Museum

New £27m Mary Rose Museum open 31 May 2013: The famous Tudor warship to finally reveal all her secrets 500 years after she sank The ship that...

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  1. Add Firle Place to your Itinerary

    Firle Place

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Lewes

    CLOSED FOR 2012
    A Tudor house with Georgian additions in downland park setting. Important English and European Old Master paintings, fine furniture and notable Sevres porcelain.

  2. Add Hall Place and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Hall Place and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Bexley

    Grade 1 listed Tudor mansion set in award winning landscaped gardens, with visitor centre, gift shop and tearoom.

  3. Add Petworth House & Park to your Itinerary

    Petworth House & Park

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Petworth

    Explore this majestic mansion and beautiful landscaped deer park.

  4. Add Clandon Park to your Itinerary

    Clandon Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Guildford

    Palladian mansion with grand marble hall, porcelain collection and unique Maori meeting house
    Clandon Park is one of the country’s most complete examples of a Palladian mansion. Built by a Venetian architect for Lord Onslow in the 1720s, the estate has been passed down through generations of this...

  5. Add Smallhythe Place to your Itinerary

    Smallhythe Place

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Tenterden

    Early 16th Century house owned by early Victorian actress Ellen Terry. Full of theatrical mementoes and personal items. Charming cottage garden and barn theatre. Cafe open 12 noon-4pm daily. Many events throughout the year. telephone for fu

  6. Add Godinton House and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Godinton House and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Ashford

    An ancient estate in a magnificent park with thrilling formal gardens now splendidly restored - one of Kent's finest." - The Times
    Tearoom, plants for sale, holiday flat, excellent guided tours.

  7. Add Owletts - National Trust to your Itinerary

    Owletts - National Trust

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Cobham

    Owletts is a small red-brick Charles II house with an interesting garden.

  8. Add Blenheim Palace to your Itinerary

    Blenheim Palace

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Woodstock

    Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, one of the finest baroque houses in England, is set in over 2,000 acres of landscaped gardens

  9. Add Ashdown House to your Itinerary

    Ashdown House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Hungerford

    Unusual Dutch-style house on the Berkshire Downs

    This extraordinary building with a dolls'-house appearance nestles in a beautiful valley on the Berkshire Downs, surrounded by woodland.

    It was built by an Earl, William Craven, as a house fit for the queen he loved, Queen Elizabeth of...

  10. Add Eastgate House to your Itinerary

    Eastgate House

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Rochester

    Situated in the heart of historic Rochester, Eastgate House featured in the work of Charles Dickens.