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Waddesdon Manor

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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.

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 Ightham Mote to your Itinerary

    Ightham Mote

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Sevenoaks

    National Trust moated manor house built nearly 700 years ago with gardens, estate, restaurant and shop.

  2. 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.

  3. Add Buscot Park to your Itinerary

    Buscot Park

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Faringdon

    A late-18thC country house with landscaped formal park and gardens. House contains the Faringdon Collection of paintings, sculpture and furniture.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Add Windsor Castle to your Itinerary

    Windsor Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Windsor

    Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen.

  7. Add Claydon House to your Itinerary

    Claydon House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Buckingham

    There is plenty to do for all the family; see the beautiful interiors of the 400 year old house, roam the restored estate gardens, picnic, or simply eat, drink and shop in the 18th century courtyard.

  8. Add The Priest House to your Itinerary

    The Priest House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    East Grinstead

    The Priest House sits on the western edge of Ashdown Forest in the picturesque high Weald village of West Hoathly. Originally a timber-framed hall house, built in the early 15th century for the priory of St Pancras in Lewes.

  9. Add Waddesdon Manor to your Itinerary

    Waddesdon Manor

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Nr Aylesbury

    This National Trust property houses the Rothschild Collection of art treasures and wine cellars. It also features spectacular grounds with an aviary, parterre and woodland playground, licensed restaurants, gift and wine shops.

  10. Add Eastbury Manor House to your Itinerary

    Eastbury Manor House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Barking

    Striking Elizabethan merchant's house and gardens

    Important brick-built Tudor gentry house, completed about 1573, little altered since. Early 17th-century wall-paintings showing fishing scenes and a cityscape grace the former Great Chamber.

    Evocative exposed timbers in attic, fine...