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Blenheim Palace

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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. Add Windsor Castle to your Itinerary

    Windsor Castle

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    Castle / Fort

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    Windsor

  2. Add Claydon House to your Itinerary

    Claydon House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Buckingham

    There is plenty to do for all the family; see the beautiful interiors of the 400 year old house, roam the restored estate gardens, picnic, or simply eat, drink and shop in the 18th century courtyard.

  3. Add Eastbury Manor House to your Itinerary

    Eastbury Manor House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Barking

    Striking Elizabethan merchant's house and gardens

    Important brick-built Tudor gentry house, completed about 1573, little altered since. Early 17th-century wall-paintings showing fishing scenes and a cityscape grace the former Great Chamber.

    Evocative exposed timbers in attic, fine...

  4. Add Mapledurham House to your Itinerary

    Mapledurham House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Reading

    An Elizabethan manor house alongside the River Thames, containing paintings, oak staircases, and moulded ceilings. Home to the Blount family for over 500 years.

  5. Add Ightham Mote to your Itinerary

    Ightham Mote

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Sevenoaks

    National Trust moated manor house built nearly 700 years ago with gardens, estate, restaurant and shop.

  6. Add Bishops Waltham Palace to your Itinerary

    Bishops Waltham Palace

    Type

    Historic Site

    Location

    Winchester

    Remains of Bishop of Winchester`s palace are mainly 12th and 14thC consisting of buildings around a courtyard and moat. Remains include the Great Hall and 3-storey tower.

  7. Add Ashridge Estate to your Itinerary

    Ashridge Estate

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Berkhamsted

    This magnificent and varied countryside estate criss-crosses the border between Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, along the main ridge of the Chiltern Hills.

    There are 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of woodlands, commons and chalk downland supporting a rich variety of wildlife and offering...

  8. Add Oakhurst Cottage to your Itinerary

    Oakhurst Cottage

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Godalming

    A small timber-framed cottage dating from the 16thC. Restored and furnished as a labourer's dwelling with a delightful cottage garden. Tours must be pre-booked.

  9. Add Uppark House and Garden to your Itinerary

    Uppark House and Garden

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Petersfield

    A fine late 17th Century National Trust house and its treasures set high on the South Downs with magnificent views. Extensive servants' rooms shown as they were in 1874 when H.G. Wells' mother was housekeeper.

  10. Add The Buscot and Coleshill Estates  to your Itinerary

    The Buscot and Coleshill Estates

    Type

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location

    Swindon

    Make a day trip to see these traditional agricultural estates with villages, farms and woodland.