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.

Bradley House was the historic home of the Seymours after they moved from Wolf Hall

Hire your own private historic stately home

Who hasn’t dreamed of living in a castle or a stately home? Some 22,000 people in Britain list their homes on Airbnb but did you know that it’s possible to stay in a range of historic houses for a very reasonable price?

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Blenheim Palace

Top 25 Halloween happenings in Britain 2015

Halloween has more of a British heritage than you might think. Here, we round up some of Britain’s best Halloween events for 2015…

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Carriages on the Long Walk in front of Windsor Castle. Credit: 4Corners Images

Don’t miss the latest issue of BRITAIN magazine

For this issue we’ve toured the British Isles to bring you 25 of our most spectacular stately homes, as well as historic Cotswold inns to snuggle up in this winter, the story of the Lost Tudor Princess and an exploration of beautiful Royal Berkshire.

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Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Credit: Blenheim Palace

Photos of our most spectacular stately homes

As these photos show, we have some gorgeous grand houses in Britain, from giants such as Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth and Highclere Castle to lesser-known gems.

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Highclere Castle , the 'real' Downton Abbey. Credit: Zen Whisk/Creative Commons

Flight of fancy to Downton Abbey

From Westminster Abbey to Downton Abbey: fans can see the set of their favourite period drama in a whole new light in luxury helicopter tour.

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Highclere Castle. Credit: Tony Harris/PA Pics

Life inside the real Downton Abbey

Listen to audio extracts from our exclusive chat with Lady Carnarvon, mistress of Highclere Castle – setting of everyone’s favourite period drama, Downton Abbey

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Top 10 August bank holiday days out

Summer bank holidays can go either way – glorious sun or endless showers – but with these wonderful events, you’re sure to have great time whatever the weather.

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Duchess of Rutland, Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire

Behind the scenes at Britain’s grand stately homes

We talk to the duchesses who run Belvoir Castle, Inveraray Castle, Alnwick Castle and Woburn Abbey about the realities of running a stately home in the 21st century.

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Bramall Hall

Secrets and mysteries of historic homes inspire tales

Ten writers rose to the challenge of weaving their imaginations around our built heritage creating some enthralling short stories.

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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 »

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