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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 and historic buildings are steeped in rich social and architectural heritage.

South East England's 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. Some of the most iconic from each county are featured here, but find many more and a stately home to visit near you using the map function at the bottom of this page.

Stately Homes in London

Strawberry Hill House in Twickenham re-opened following a £9 million restoration and this fine example of Georgian Gothic architecture is matched by its unique collection of Renaissance painted glass. In south-east London, the Grade I listed Down House was the home of Charles Darwin, now under the ownership of English Heritage.

Stately Homes in Surrey

The National Trust's Polesden Lacy is one of the most visited historic houses in Britain and this old English country mansion houses a fabulous collection of art and ceramics. Guildford House Gallery is a Grade I listed townhouse with many of its original features including a carved staircase and panelled rooms.

Stately Homes in Hampshire

Step back to the 15th Century in Southampton at Tudor House, the city's most important historic building or follow in the footsteps of acclaimed author Jane Austen at her house in Chawton where she wrote many of her novels.

On the Isle of Wight, visit Queen Victoria's family home at Osborne House or Carisbrooke Castle, once a prison to King Charles I.

Stately Homes in Berkshire

The Elizabethan Mapledurham House near Reading is still home to the descendants of the original owners. Its stunning architecture and beautiful paintings may be familiar to anyone who was watched Midsomer Murders or Miss Marple.

Dorney Court near Windsor is a Tudor Manor House where visitors will find six centuries of artefacts collected over thirteen generations.

Stately Homes in Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire was built in the late 1800s 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. Near Milton Keynes, Bletchley Park was famous as a World War Two code-breaking centre and now houses a superb museum.

Stately Homes in Sussex

The 17th Century Ironmaster's House, Batemans, was the home of Rudyard Kipling and visitors can see the old watermill, one of the world's oldest working water-driven turbines.

Stately Homes in Oxfordshire

The gigantic baroque style of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is one of the most architecturally elaborate historic houses in England. Stonor Park near Henley-on-Thames dates back to Medieval times and behind the red brick facade, lies a treasure trove of architecturally fascinating rooms.

Stately Homes in Kent

Chartwell is a country house once home to Winston Churchill while the National Trust's Knole in Sevenoaks is of Jacobean architecture and has many historical links with the monarchy and literary figures.

Stately Homes near me

Whether you live locally or are on holiday in South East England, find historic houses near you by selecting the 'map view' button below.

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  1. Nymans

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    Haywards Heath

    One of the great Gardens of the Sussex Weald with a collection of rare and beautiful plants from all over the world, including breathtaking spring colour in the walled garden, an old fashioned rose garden, summer borders and much more.

  2. Standen

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    Historic House / Palace

    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.

  3. Hatchlands Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Guildford

    Georgian mansion filled with historic keyboard instruments set in rolling Repton parkland

    Hatchlands Park was built in the 1750s for Admiral Edward Boscawen and his wife Fanny. They gave architect, Robert Adam, one of his first interior design...

  4. Strawberry Hill House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Twickenham

    Visiting Strawberry Hill is a truly theatrical experience, with a unique collection of renaissance painted glass and magnificently restored interiors.

  5. Clarence House

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    Historic House / Palace

    London

  6. Hinton Ampner House and Garden

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    Garden

    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.

  7. Priory Cottages

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    Historic House / Palace

    Steventon

    Former monastic buildings converted to 2 houses. The south cottage contains the Great Hall of the original priory.

  8. Stansted Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Stansted Park is home to stunning weddings, forest walks, afternoon teas and some of the best events in the south! Visit the Mansion for a real sense of a bygone era.

  9. Carisbrooke Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Newport

    Visit Carisbrooke Castle and enjoy over 800 years of history!

  10. Windsor Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Windsor

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

  11. Nuffield Place

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    Historic House / Palace

    Henley-on-Thames

    Closed for 2009.

    Home and gardens of Lord Nuffield founder of Morris Motors and benefactor to medicine, education and social welfare. Set high in the Chilterns. A day out for all the family.

  12. Tudor House and Garden

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    Southampton

    Uncover over 800 years of history in the heart of Southampton’s Old Town. Tudor House and Garden gives visitors an insight in to the lives and times of its residents with informative displays and hands on interactive experiences.

  13. Osborne

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    Historic House / Palace

    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.

  14. Blenheim Palace

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    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

  15. Farnborough Hall

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    Farnborough, Banbury

    National Trust Property.
    Home of the Holbech family since 1684, reconstructed in the early 18th Century. William Holbech enjoyed a protracted grand tour 1730 - 1745 when he collected paintings and ancient sculpture.

  16. Kelmscott Manor

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    Lechlade

    The summer home of William Morris, Kelmscott Manor is a Grade I listed farmhouse, built around 1600 adjacent to the River Thames.

  17. Preston Manor

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    Brighton

    A delightful manor house with the interior of an Edwardian home containing ceramics, furniture, glass, clocks and silver. Servants' quarters and restored kitchen. Garden.

  18. Knole

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    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.

  19. Ham House and Garden

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    Richmond

    A unique 17th-century treasure trove

    This rare and atmospheric 17th-century house sits on the banks of the River Thames in Richmond. It is the creation of the tenacious Duchess of Lauderdale and her husband, the Duke, who together transformed Ham...

  20. Belmont House and Gardens

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    Faversham

    A late 18thC country house designed by Samuel Wyatt, seat of the Harris family since 1801. Harris clock collection, mementos of connections with India. Gardens and pinetum.