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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 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.

  2. Add Monk's House to your Itinerary

    Monk's House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Lewes

    Open 2 April to 29 October: Weds & Sats 2:00 - 5:30pm
    A small weather-boarded house, the home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf until Leonard's death in 1969. The rooms reflect the life and times of the literary circle in which they moved.

  3. Add Clandon Park to your Itinerary

    Clandon Park

    Type

    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...

  4. 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.

  5. Add Tudor House to your Itinerary

    Tudor House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Margate

    Margate's oldest domestic building dating from the 16th century or even earlier - the investigation continues. Ideal for schools studying Tudors and Stuarts and many more themes.

  6. Add Mapledurham House to your Itinerary

    Mapledurham House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Reading

    An Elizabethan manor house alongside the River Thames, containing paintings, oak staircases, and moulded ceilings. Home to the Blount family for over 500 years.

  7. 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.

  8. Add Port Lympne Wild Animal Park to your Itinerary

    Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

    Type

    Animal Collection

    Location

    Ashford

    Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, set in 600 acres, has something for everyone, whether you're interested in animals, historic houses, elegant gardens or magnificent scenery, you'll have a totally wild day out!

    www.aspinallfoundation.org

  9. Add Lamb House to your Itinerary

    Lamb House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Rye

    Early Georgian house and walled garden, home of writer Henry James and later of E F Benson, author of the Mapp and Lucia Tales. Exhibits include letters, pictures and furniture.

  10. Add Knole to your Itinerary

    Knole

    Type

    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.