Stately Homes

The magnificent stately homes that decorate our country’s landscape represent a world of decadence, luxury and nobility that many of us will never know. Predominantly built between the mid- sixteenth century and the early part of the twentieth century, they were the ultimate status symbol for the great families of Britain and  and provided the perfect setting to entertain aristocratic, noble and esteemed guests.

The phrase stately home is a quotation from the poem The Homes of England by Felicia Hemans, which was originally published in Blackwood's Magazine in 1827.

The romantic exterior of Inveraray Castle © Alamy

Scotland’s stately homes

Some of Britain’s best houses and castles are in Scotland, with their own distinctive character Read More »

Great Fosters Hotel

Review: Great Fosters hotel

Step back in time with a stay at the magnificent Great Fosters hotel, just 10 miles from Heathrow, and enjoy a country house ambiance in lovely grounds. Read More »


Inside Britain’s Jacobean houses

Built as a celebration and demonstration of wealth, with sophisticated symmetry and grand entrance halls, elaborate carvings and complex decoration Read More »


Woburn Abbey

A house fit for royalty, a wartime hospital, the home to a remarkable collection of art and a stunning example of Palladian architectural style Read More »


History of Syon House

Less than 10 miles from central London lies Syon House – a beacon of tranquillity and one of Britain’s best preserved stately homes. Read More »

Parham House The Long Gallery

Behind the scenes at Parham House

Lady Emma Barnard, the chatelaine of Parham House and Gardens, takes time to show us around her stunning stately home in the heart of Sussex Read More »

Highclere Castle

The Real Downton Abbey: Highclere Castle

The Earl of Carnarvon has welcomed cameras back into his home, Highclere Castle, for a further series Read More »

Nostell Priory

Furniture figures

From cabinets to couches, masterpieces created by Britain’s greatest designers adorn the finest homes worldwide. But where did it all start?  Read More »

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace has been the official London home of the British monarch since 1837 Read More »

powis castle

The UK’s Mightiest Mansions

Power houses are redolent of the ambition and achievements of their creators. Some of the most luxurious and imposing are now cared for by the National Trust. Siân Evans chooses some of her favourite grand houses.

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