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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.

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 WWII 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 Standen to your Itinerary

    Standen

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    East Grinstead


    Come to Standen & discover the best example of an Arts and Crafts House open to the public in this country.  Built in 1894 as a country home for solicitor James Beale, Standen is a superb example of the work of architect Philip Webb, lifelong friend of William Morris, and a leading exponent of...

  2. Add Lamb House to your Itinerary

    Lamb House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Rye

    An early Georgian house and walled garden which was the home of the American writer Henry James, from 1898 to 1916 and later of author, E F Benson, famous for the Mapp and Lucia stories. Several ground floor rooms are open to visitors and contain some of James' furniture, pictures and personal...

  3. Add Jane Austen's House Museum to your Itinerary

    Jane Austen's House Museum

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Near Alton

    The novelist Jane Austen is known worldwide for her popular novels describing the society of pre-industrial England.

  4. 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 and 1823 into one of the most dazzling and exotic buildings in the British Isles. Tearoom. Pavilion Shop

  5. Add Polesden Lacey to your Itinerary

    Polesden Lacey

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Dorking

    This country retreat, with glorious views across the rolling Surrey Hills and acres of countryside waiting to be explored, was home to famous Edwardian hostess Mrs Greville, who entertained royalty and the celebrities of her time.

  6. Add Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to your Itinerary

    Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

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    Botanic Garden

    Location

    Richmond

    Come wander the 4.5 acres of gardens under glass, admire the unique landscapes and lose yourself in 250 years of history at this famous botanic garden.

  7. Add The Vyne to your Itinerary

    The Vyne

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Basingstoke


    The Vyne is a warm red-bricked Tudor mansion built in the 16th century for Lord Sandy, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain, which later passed into the Chute family who cared for the house and estate for 300 years. It was remodelled to its present shape in the mid-17th century with the addition of a...

  8. Add Medieval Merchants House to your Itinerary

    Medieval Merchants House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Southampton

    Sensitive restoration has returned this house to its mid 14th century appearence steeped in atmosphere. It is easy to imagine the life of John Fortin, a wine trader, and his family who lived here c1290.

  9. Add Penshurst Place and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Penshurst Place and Gardens

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Penshurst

    A truly English House and Garden.

  10. Add Bletchley Park to your Itinerary

    Bletchley Park

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Milton Keynes

    Once Britain’s Best Kept Secret, today Bletchley Park is a heritage site and vibrant tourist attraction. Open daily, visitors can explore some of the iconic WW2 Codebreaking Huts and Blocks and marvel at the astonishing achievements of the Codebreakers whose work is said to have helped shorten the...