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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 Alfriston Clergy House to your Itinerary

    Alfriston Clergy House

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Polegate

    The Clergy House is remarkable as an ordinary house surviving from the 14th century. It was probably built for a farmer but became the property of the church, which is how it gets its name. By the 1890s, it was virtually derelict.

  2. 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.

  3. Add Anne of Cleves House to your Itinerary

    Anne of Cleves House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Lewes

    Anne of Cleves House formed part of her divorce settlement from Henry VIII in 1541. This 15th century timber - framed Wealden hall - house contains authentically furnished rooms, Tudor style garden and local history museum .

  4. Add The Buscot and Coleshill Estates  to your Itinerary

    The Buscot and Coleshill Estates

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location

    Swindon

    Make a day trip to see these traditional agricultural estates with villages, farms and woodland.

  5. Add Arundel Castle & Gardens to your Itinerary

    Arundel Castle & Gardens

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    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.

  6. 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.

  7. Add Hinton Ampner House and Garden to your Itinerary

    Hinton Ampner House and Garden

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    Garden

    Location

    Alresford

    Best known for its fine garden, Hinton Ampner is an elegant country house with an outstanding collection of furniture, paintings and objets d'art.

  8. Add Waddesdon Manor to your Itinerary

    Waddesdon Manor

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Nr Aylesbury

    This National Trust property houses the Rothschild Collection of art treasures and wine cellars. It also features spectacular grounds with an aviary, parterre and woodland playground, licensed restaurants, gift and wine shops.

  9. Add Ashdown House to your Itinerary

    Ashdown House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Hungerford

    Unusual Dutch-style house on the Berkshire Downs

    This extraordinary building with a dolls'-house appearance nestles in a beautiful valley on the Berkshire Downs, surrounded by woodland.

    It was built by an Earl, William Craven, as a house fit for the queen he loved, Queen Elizabeth of...

  10. Ascott House and Gardens

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Ascott House is a half-timbered Jacobean farmhouse, transformed by the de Rothschild family towards the end of the 19th Century and is home to an exceptional collection of paintings, fine furniture and superb oriental porcelain. The extensive gardens are an attractive mix of formal and natural,...