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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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  1. Shaw House

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Newbury

    Shaw House was built by a Newbury clothier in 1581 and retains much of its original Tudor architecture.

  2. Add Royal Pavilion to your Itinerary

    Royal Pavilion

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Brighton

    The Royal Pavilion, the spectacular seaside palace of the Prince Regent (George IV), transformed by John Nash between 1815 & 1823 into one of the most dazzling & exotic buildings in the British Isles.

  3. Add Alfriston Clergy House to your Itinerary

    Alfriston Clergy House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Polegate

    The Clergy House is remarkable as an ordinary house surviving from the 14th century. It was probably built for a farmer but became the property of the church, which is how it gets its name. By the 1890s, it was virtually derelict.

  4. Add Chartwell to your Itinerary

    Chartwell

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Westerham

    Family home of Sir Winston Churchill with house and gardens very much as in his day. Memorabilia, photos and many of Churchill's own paintings on display. Gardens command spectacular views over the Weald of Kent.

  5. Add Lamb House to your Itinerary

    Lamb House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Rye

    Early Georgian house and walled garden, home of writer Henry James and later of E F Benson, author of the Mapp and Lucia Tales. Exhibits include letters, pictures and furniture.

  6. Add Hospital of St Cross to your Itinerary

    Hospital of St Cross

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Winchester

    Medieval almshouses, church, ambulatory, Brethren's Hall and kitchen, Master's garden.

  7. Add Michelham Priory to your Itinerary

    Michelham Priory

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Hailsham

    Enter through the 14th-century gatehouse and wander the beautiful gardens or tour the historic house. You can also explore the medieval watermill, working forge, rope museum and Elizabethan Great Barn.

  8. Ascott House and Gardens

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Ascott House is a half-timbered Jacobean farmhouse, transformed by the de Rothschild family towards the end of the 19th Century and is home to an exceptional collection of paintings, fine furniture and superb oriental porcelain. The extensive gardens are an attractive mix of formal and natural,...

  9. Add Buscot Old Parsonage to your Itinerary

    Buscot Old Parsonage

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Faringdon

    An early 18thC house of Cotswold stone, set on the banks of the Thames and with a small garden.

  10. Add Priory Cottages to your Itinerary

    Priory Cottages

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Steventon

    Former monastic buildings converted to 2 houses. The south cottage contains the Great Hall of the original priory.