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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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Jane Austen circular walk

Jane Austen circular walk

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 Fenton House to your Itinerary

    Fenton House

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    Historic House / Palace

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    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...

  2. Add Hughenden Manor to your Itinerary

    Hughenden Manor

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    High Wycombe

    Victorian home of Prime Minister and statesman Benjamin Disraeli from 1848 until his death in 1881.

  3. Add Great Coxwell Barn to your Itinerary

    Great Coxwell Barn

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Faringdon

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

  4. 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.

  5. Add Arundel Castle & Gardens to your Itinerary

    Arundel Castle & Gardens

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    Castle / Fort

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    Arundel

    The towering stately home and fortified castle in the heart of Sussex by the Sea! Open Tuesday 1 April to Sunday 2 November 2014, Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive, Bank Holiday Mondays and August Mondays.

  6. Add Petworth House & Park to your Itinerary

    Petworth House & Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Petworth

    Explore this majestic mansion and beautiful landscaped deer park.

  7. 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.

  8. Add Stoneacre to your Itinerary

    Stoneacre

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Maidstone

    15th century half timbered Yeoman's house featuring a great hall and crownpost, surrounded by harmonious garden, orchard and meadows.

  9. 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.

  10. Add Saint Michael at the North Gate Saxon Tower to your Itinerary

    Saint Michael at the North Gate Saxon Tower

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    Historic Site

    Location

    Oxford

    Oxford's oldest building, boasting the oldest stained glass in Oxford. Associated with William Shakespeare, William Morris and Charles I.