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Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor

Aylesbury

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 Owletts - National Trust to your Itinerary

    Owletts - National Trust

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Cobham

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Add Buscot Old Parsonage to your Itinerary

    Buscot Old Parsonage

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Faringdon

    An early 18thC house of Cotswold stone, set on the banks of the Thames and with a small garden.

  5. 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.

  6. Add The Needlemakers to your Itinerary

    The Needlemakers

    Type

    Craft Centre

    Location

    Lewes

    A converted 19thC candle factory housing variety of different craft workshops. Visitors can see candle making, hand-engraving and visit other specialist shops.

  7. Add The Buscot and Coleshill Estates  to your Itinerary

    The Buscot and Coleshill Estates

    Type

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location

    Swindon

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

  8. Add Medieval Merchants House to your Itinerary

    Medieval Merchants House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Southampton

    Sensitive restoration has returned this house to its mid 14th century appearence steeped in atmosphere. It is easy to imagine the life of John Fortin, a wine trader, and his family who lived here c1290.

  9. Add Oakhurst Cottage to your Itinerary

    Oakhurst Cottage

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Godalming

    A small timber-framed cottage dating from the 16thC. Restored and furnished as a labourer's dwelling with a delightful cottage garden. Tours must be pre-booked.

  10. Add Blenheim Palace to your Itinerary

    Blenheim Palace

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Woodstock

    Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home to the Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace, one of the finest baroque houses in England, is set in over 2,000 acres of landscaped gardens