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Blenheim Palace

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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 Owletts - National Trust to your Itinerary

    Owletts - National Trust

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Cobham

    Owletts is a small red-brick Charles II house with an interesting garden.

  2. Add Standen to your Itinerary

    Standen

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    East Grinstead

    Come to Standen and 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.

  3. Add Arundel Castle & Gardens to your Itinerary

    Arundel Castle & Gardens

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    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.

  4. Add Stowe  to your Itinerary

    Stowe

    Type

    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.

  5. Add Petworth House & Park to your Itinerary

    Petworth House & Park

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Petworth

    Explore this majestic mansion and beautiful landscaped deer park.

  6. Add Osborne  to your Itinerary

    Osborne

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    East Cowes

    Step into Queen Victoria’s favourite country home and experience a world unchanged since the country's longest reigning monarch died here just over 100 years ago.

  7. Add Kelmscott Manor to your Itinerary

    Kelmscott Manor

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Lechlade

    The summer home of William Morris, Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed farmhouse, built around 1600 adjacent to the River Thames.

  8. Add Eastbury Manor House to your Itinerary

    Eastbury Manor House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Barking

    Striking Elizabethan merchant's house and gardens

    Important brick-built Tudor gentry house, completed about 1573, little altered since. Early 17th-century wall-paintings showing fishing scenes and a cityscape grace the former Great Chamber.

    Evocative exposed timbers in attic, fine...

  9. Add Firle Place to your Itinerary

    Firle Place

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Lewes

    CLOSED FOR 2012
    A Tudor house with Georgian additions in downland park setting. Important English and European Old Master paintings, fine furniture and notable Sevres porcelain.

  10. Add Smallhythe Place to your Itinerary

    Smallhythe Place

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Tenterden

    Early 16th Century house owned by early Victorian actress Ellen Terry. Full of theatrical mementoes and personal items. Charming cottage garden and barn theatre. Cafe open 12 noon-4pm daily. Many events throughout the year. telephone for fu