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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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First Class Sailing

First Class Sailing

First Class Sailing offers a full range of RYA practical sailing courses, including Competent Crew, Day Skipper and Yachmaster courses. You can take...

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  1. Add Old Town Hall Museum to your Itinerary

    Old Town Hall Museum

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    Museum

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    Hastings

    Housed in a Regency town hall, the displays include seaside holidays, wartime, fishing, Victorian life, smuggling, Titus Oates, the Cinque Ports and the Hastings mint.

  2. Add Loseley Park to your Itinerary

    Loseley Park

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Guildford

    Built in the reign of Elizabeth I, Loseley Park stands in ancient Surrey parkland with stunning views towards North Downs.

  3. Add Fenton House to your Itinerary

    Fenton House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    London

    Handsome 17th-century merchant's house with walled garden

    This beautiful 17th-century merchant's house is a hidden gem in London, a place of unique charm and ambience.

    Lady Binning bought the house in 1936 and filled it with her highly decorative collections of porcelain, Georgian...

  4. 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.

  5. Add Buscot Old Parsonage to your Itinerary

    Buscot Old Parsonage

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Faringdon

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

  6. Add Knole to your Itinerary

    Knole

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Sevenoaks

    Set at the heart of the only remaining medieval deer park in Kent, Knole's fascinating links with royalty and literary connections with Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, make this one of the most intriguing houses in England.

  7. Add Belmont House and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Belmont House and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Faversham

    A late 18thC country house designed by Samuel Wyatt, seat of the Harris family since 1801. Harris clock collection, mementos of connections with India. Gardens and pinetum.

  8. Shaw House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Newbury

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

  9. Add Mottisfont Abbey Garden, House and Estate to your Itinerary

    Mottisfont Abbey Garden, House and Estate

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    nr Romsey

    With a tributary of the River Test flowing through, the garden forms a superb setting for the 12thC priory.

  10. 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...