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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 Chastleton House to your Itinerary

    Chastleton House

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Moreton In Marsh

  2. Add Godinton House and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Godinton House and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Ashford

    An ancient estate in a magnificent park with thrilling formal gardens now splendidly restored - one of Kent's finest." - The Times
    Tearoom, plants for sale, holiday flat, excellent guided tours.

  3. 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.

  4. Add Eastgate House to your Itinerary

    Eastgate House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Rochester

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

  5. Add Bishops Waltham Palace to your Itinerary

    Bishops Waltham Palace

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    Historic Site

    Location

    Winchester

    Remains of Bishop of Winchester`s palace are mainly 12th and 14thC consisting of buildings around a courtyard and moat. Remains include the Great Hall and 3-storey tower.

  6. 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.

  7. Add Fenton House to your Itinerary

    Fenton House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    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...

  8. Add Ashridge Estate to your Itinerary

    Ashridge Estate

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Berkhamsted

    This magnificent and varied countryside estate criss-crosses the border between Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, along the main ridge of the Chiltern Hills.

    There are 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) of woodlands, commons and chalk downland supporting a rich variety of wildlife and offering...

  9. Add Bletchley Park to your Itinerary

    Bletchley Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Milton Keynes

    Once Britain’s Best Kept Secret, today Bletchley Park is a heritage site and vibrant tourist attraction. Open daily, visitors can explore some of the iconic WW2 Codebreaking Huts and Blocks and marvel at the astonishing achievements of the Codebreakers whose work is said to have helped shorten the...

  10. 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.