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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.

Claydon House in Buckinghamshire is one of the National Trust's finest historic houses, but for a full list, our dedicated National Trust page features more than 100 locations.

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, Parham House in West Sussex Basildon Park in Berkshire and Chartwell in Kent.

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  1. 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.

  2. Add The Homewood to your Itinerary

    The Homewood

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Esher

    Come visit this well-preserved 20th-century Modernist house and garden.

  3. Add Quebec House to your Itinerary

    Quebec House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Westerham

    A gabled house with 16th Century origins and features of architectural and historical interest. The childhood home of General James Wolfe displaying family and military memorabilia and an exhibition about the battle of Quebec in the stable

  4. Add Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection to your Itinerary

    Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Alton

    Historic house and garden, home of Gilbert White, author of 'The Natural History of Selborne'. Exhibition on Frank Oates, explorer and Capt Lawrence Oates of Antarctic fame.

  5. 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.

  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 Jane Austen's House Museum to your Itinerary

    Jane Austen's House Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Alton

    The novelist Jane Austen is known worldwide for her popular novels describing the society of pre-industrial England.

  8. Add Batemans to your Itinerary

    Batemans

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Burwash, Etchingham

    A 17thC Ironmaster's house which was the home of Rudyard Kipling between 1902-35. His study and Rolls Royce can be seen. Garden with working watermill.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.