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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.

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 WWII 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 Uppark House and Garden to your Itinerary

    Uppark House and Garden

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Petersfield


    A fine late 17th Century National Trust house and its treasures set high on the South Downs with magnificent views. The fully restored mid-18th Century interior houses rescued Grand Tour paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture and the famous dolls' house. Extensive servants' rooms shown as they...

  2. Add Buscot Old Parsonage to your Itinerary

    Buscot Old Parsonage

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Faringdon

     
    Early 18th-century riverside house with small garden
    This 18th-century house has a small walled garden, and is situated on the banks of the River Thames.
    Please note:
    Buscot Old Parsonage is administered for us by our tenant, and admission is by written appointment with the tenant only....

  3. Add Batemans to your Itinerary

    Batemans

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Burwash, Etchingham


    This 17thC Sussex Ironmaster's house, built in a Wealden valley, was the home of writer Rudyard Kipling from 1902 to 1936. Rooms used by Kipling can be seen, including his study which is exactly as it was when he wrote Puck of Pooks Hill and other books and poems here. Kipling's Rolls Royce car...

  4. Add Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum to your Itinerary

    Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Portsmouth

    Small terraced house of 1805 in which the famous novelist was born and lived for a short time. Restored and furnished to illustrate middle-class taste of the time.

  5. Add Hever Castle and Gardens to your Itinerary

    Hever Castle and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Edenbridge

    Romantic 13th century moated castle, once Anne Boleyn's childhood home. Magnificently furnished interiors, spectacular award winning gardens.

  6. Add Hospital of St Cross to your Itinerary

    Hospital of St Cross

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Winchester

    Medieval almshouses, church, ambulatory, Brethren's Hall and kitchen, Master's garden.

  7. Add Palace House to your Itinerary

    Palace House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Brockenhurst

    This charming house, kept in the style of its later Victorian additions, has been in Lord Montagu's family ownership since 1538.

  8. Add Chastleton House to your Itinerary

    Chastleton House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Chastleton

    A rare gem of a Jacobean country house, Chastleton House was built between 1607 and 1612 by a prosperous wool merchant as an impressive statement of wealth and power. Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, the house remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years as the...

  9. Add Great Coxwell Barn to your Itinerary

    Great Coxwell Barn

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Faringdon

    Thirteenth-century monastic stone tithe barn with interesting timber construction.
    For the latest prices and opening times please visit the National Trust website

  10. Add Sulgrave Manor to your Itinerary

    Sulgrave Manor

    Type

    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. In 1539 the Manor was bought from Henry VIII by Lawrence Washington a successful Northampton Wool Merchant and his descendants were to live...