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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.

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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Manydown Family Fun

Manydown Family Fun

Manydown Family Fun is an amazing day out for all the family! We are running 4 large outdoor events in 2015! The Easter Lambing over the Easter...

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  1. Add Wakehurst Place to your Itinerary

    Wakehurst Place

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    Garden

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    Haywards Heath

    Wakehurst Place and the interactive Millennium Seed Bank exhibition are the perfect answer for visitors of all ages, whatever time of the year. Open all year.

  2. Add Buscot Park to your Itinerary

    Buscot Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Faringdon

    A late-18thC country house with landscaped formal park and gardens. House contains the Faringdon Collection of paintings, sculpture and furniture.

  3. Add Basildon Park to your Itinerary

    Basildon Park

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Reading

    Classical 18thC house by John Carr of York, with an unusual Octagon Room, fine plasterwork and the decorative Shell Room. Situated in 400 acres of parkland and woodland.

  4. Rousham House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Rousham, Bicester


    Rousham and its landscape garden should be a place of pilgrimage for students of the work of William Kent (1685–1748). Rousham represents the first phase of English landscape design and remains almost as Kent left it, one of the few gardens of this date to have escaped alteration, with many...

  5. Add Farnborough Hall to your Itinerary

    Farnborough Hall

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Farnborough, Banbury

    National Trust Property.
    Home of the Holbech family since 1684, reconstructed in the early 18th Century. William Holbech enjoyed a protracted grand tour 1730 - 1745 when he collected paintings and ancient sculpture.

  6. Add The Vyne to your Itinerary

    The Vyne

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Basingstoke

    A 16th-century house and estate and a treasure trove of history.

  7. Shaw House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Newbury

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

  8. Add Parham House & Gardens to your Itinerary

    Parham House & Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Pulborough

    Set in the heart of an ancient deer park, Parham House and Gardens is situated below the South Downs. The house and gardens have been lovingly restored by the Pearson family who bought Parham in 1922.

  9. Add Eastgate House to your Itinerary

    Eastgate House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Rochester

    Situated in the heart of historic Rochester, Eastgate House featured in the work of Charles Dickens.

  10. Add Stowe  to your Itinerary

    Stowe

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    Garden

    Location

    Stowe, Buckingham

    Over forty temples and monuments, laid out against an inspiring backdrop of lakes and valleys. Onsite facilities include a Visitor Centre, gift shop and tea-room.