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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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  1. Add Hampton Court Palace to your Itinerary

    Hampton Court Palace

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    Historic House / Palace

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    East Molesey

    This magnificent palace set in delightful gardens was famously one of Henry VIII’s favourite palaces. Explore his State Apartments and those of King William III where history is brought to life with costumed guides.

  2. Add Loseley Park to your Itinerary

    Loseley Park

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Guildford

    Built in the reign of Elizabeth I, Loseley Park stands in ancient Surrey parkland with stunning views towards North Downs.

  3. Add Dorney Court to your Itinerary

    Dorney Court

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Windsor

    Dorney Court is one of the country’s finest stately homes and any visit is a fascinating and unique experience.

  4. 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...

  5. Add Osborne  to your Itinerary

    Osborne

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    Historic House / Palace

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    East Cowes

    Step into Queen Victoria’s favourite country home and experience a world unchanged since the country's longest reigning monarch died here just over 100 years ago.

  6. Add Michelham Priory to your Itinerary

    Michelham Priory

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Hailsham

    Enter through the 14th-century gatehouse and wander the beautiful gardens or tour the historic house. You can also explore the medieval watermill, working forge, rope museum and Elizabethan Great Barn.

  7. Add The Homewood to your Itinerary

    The Homewood

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Esher

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

  8. 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.

  9. Add Sulgrave Manor to your Itinerary

    Sulgrave Manor

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Sulgrave, Banbury

    Sulgrave Manor is a superb example of a modest Manor House and Garden of the time of Shakespeare, and was the home of George Washingtons direct ancestors.

  10. Add Stowe  to your Itinerary

    Stowe

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    Garden

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    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.