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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. Basildon Park

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    Historic House / Palace

    Reading

    Classical 18thC house by John Carr of York, with an unusual Octagon Room, fine plasterwork and the decorative Shell Room. Situated in 400 acres of parkland and woodland.

  2. Bishops Waltham Palace

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    Historic Site

    Winchester

    Remains of Bishop of Winchester`s palace are mainly 12th and 14thC consisting of buildings around a courtyard and moat. Remains include the Great Hall and 3-storey tower.

  3. Parham House & Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Pulborough

    Set in the heart of an ancient deer park, Parham House and Gardens is situated below the South Downs. The house and gardens have been lovingly restored by the Pearson family who bought Parham in 1922.

  4. The Buscot and Coleshill Estates

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Swindon

    Make a day trip to see these traditional agricultural estates with villages, farms and woodland.

  5. Southampton Medieval Merchants House

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    Historic House / Palace

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. Hospital of St Cross

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    Historic House / Palace

    Winchester

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

  8. Batemans

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    Historic House / Palace

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. Chartwell

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    Historic House / Palace

    Westerham

    Family home of Sir Winston Churchill with house and gardens very much as in his day. Memorabilia, photos and many of Churchill's own paintings on display. Gardens command spectacular views over the Weald of Kent.

  11. Ham House and Garden

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    Historic House / Palace

    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...

  12. Smallhythe Place

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    Historic House / Palace

    Tenterden

    Early 16th Century house owned by early Victorian actress Ellen Terry. Full of theatrical mementoes and personal items. Charming cottage garden and barn theatre. Café is open 11.30 – 4.30 . Many events throughout the year.

  13. Houghton Lodge Gardens

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    Garden

    Stockbridge

    A haven of peace above the tranquil beauty of the River Test. Grade II* Gardens with fine trees surround an enchanting and unique example of an 18th Century “Cottage Orne”.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Tudor House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Margate

    Thought to be one of the oldest of its kind in Kent, it was built around 1525 and is believed to be the home of a wealthy yeoman farmer

  17. Ascott House and Gardens

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    Historic House / Palace

    Ascott House is a half-timbered Jacobean farmhouse, transformed by the de Rothschild family towards the end of the 19th Century and is home to an exceptional collection of paintings, fine furniture and superb oriental porcelain. The extensive...

  18. Sutton House

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    Historic House / Palace

    London

    Tudor house surviving in the heart of a thriving East London community

    Built in 1535 by prominent courtier of Henry VIII, Sir Ralph Sadleir, Sutton House retains much of the atmosphere of a Tudor home despite some alterations by later occupants,...

  19. Waddesdon Manor

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    Historic House / Palace

    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.