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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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West Berkshire Museum

West Berkshire Museum

The museum has benefitted from an amazing £2.26 million transformation which includes restoration of the historic Cloth Hall and Corn Stores,...

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  1. Add The Needlemakers to your Itinerary

    The Needlemakers

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    Craft Centre

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    Lewes

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

  2. Add Old Soar Manor to your Itinerary

    Old Soar Manor

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Sevenoaks

    Solar block of late 13th century knights' dwellings with a rectangular hall with chapel, raised above ground level. Exhibition room. Possibly owned by the Culpepper family.

  3. Add Michelham Priory to your Itinerary

    Michelham Priory

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    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.

  4. Add St Mary's House & Gardens to your Itinerary

    St Mary's House & Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Steyning

    Enchanting medieval pilgrim inn. Still a lived-in home. Atmospheric interiors. Unique Elizabethan 'Painted Room'. Five acres of charming gardens including the Victorian 'Secret' Garden'. Morning coffee and country house teas.

  5. Add Standen to your Itinerary

    Standen

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    East Grinstead

    Come to Standen and discover the best example of an Arts and Crafts house open to the public in this country. Built in 1894 as a country home for solicitor James Beale, Standen is a superb example of the work of architect Philip Webb.

  6. Add Buscot Park to your Itinerary

    Buscot Park

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    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.

  7. Add Lamb House to your Itinerary

    Lamb House

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    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.

  8. Add Anne of Cleves House to your Itinerary

    Anne of Cleves House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Lewes

    Anne of Cleves House formed part of her divorce settlement from Henry VIII in 1541. This 15th century timber - framed Wealden hall - house contains authentically furnished rooms, Tudor style garden and local history museum .

  9. Add Medieval Merchants House to your Itinerary

    Medieval Merchants House

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    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.

  10. Add Quebec House to your Itinerary

    Quebec House

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    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