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Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor

Aylesbury

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.

Claydon House in Buckinghamshire is one of the National Trust's finest historic houses, but for a full list, our dedicated National Trust page features more than 100 locations.

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, Parham House in West Sussex Basildon Park in Berkshire and Chartwell in Kent.

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Jane Austen circular walk

Chawton

A 4.5-mile circular walk in the heart of Jane Austen country.  Start at Jane Austen's House in Chawton and follow in her footsteps across fields...

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  1. Add Batemans to your Itinerary

    Batemans

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Burwash, Etchingham

    A 17thC Ironmaster's house which was the home of Rudyard Kipling between 1902-35. His study and Rolls Royce can be seen. Garden with working watermill.

  2. Add Old Soar Manor to your Itinerary

    Old Soar Manor

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Sevenoaks

    Solar block of late 13th century knights' dwellings with a rectangular hall with chapel, raised above ground level. Exhibition room. Possibly owned by the Culpepper family.

  3. Add Mapledurham House to your Itinerary

    Mapledurham House

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    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.

  4. Add Butser Ancient Farm to your Itinerary

    Butser Ancient Farm

    Type

    Farm

    Location

    Waterlooville

    Butser Ancient Farm, nestled within the Southdowns National Park, is a wonderful outdoor space showcasing Ancient Britain through experimental archaeology.

  5. Add Down House - The Home of Charles Darwin to your Itinerary

    Down House - The Home of Charles Darwin

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Orpington

    Visit Down House, the family home of Charles Darwin. Explore the atmospheric family rooms where he lived and worked and learn about his fascinating life and groundbreaking theories with our exhibition “Uncovering Origins” .

  6. Add The Needlemakers to your Itinerary

    The Needlemakers

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    Craft Centre

    Location

    Lewes

    A converted 19thC candle factory housing variety of different craft workshops. Visitors can see candle making, hand-engraving and visit other specialist shops.

  7. Add The Priest House to your Itinerary

    The Priest House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    East Grinstead

    The Priest House sits on the western edge of Ashdown Forest in the picturesque high Weald village of West Hoathly. Originally a timber-framed hall house, built in the early 15th century for the priory of St Pancras in Lewes.

  8. Add Chastleton House to your Itinerary

    Chastleton House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Moreton In Marsh

  9. Add Great Coxwell Barn to your Itinerary

    Great Coxwell Barn

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Faringdon

    Thirteenth-century monastic stone tithe barn with interesting timber construction.

  10. 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.