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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-16th century and the early part of the 20th century, they were the ultimate status symbol for the great families of Britain and provided ideal settings to entertain aristocratic, noble and esteemed guests.
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25 of Britain’s best stately homes

We’ve toured the British Isles to bring you 25 of our most magnificent manor houses and stately homes – each with their own story to tell.

Haddon Hall

10 beautiful British picnic spots

In honour of National Picnic Week (15-24 June), we’re packing our hamper and heading to some of the loveliest places in Britain for lunch with a view Brancaster Beach, Norfolk Norfolk isn’t short of stunning…

Newby Hall. Credit: Andrew Harrison

Top 5 places to see Thomas Chippendale furniture

Thomas Chippendale is the most famous craftsman in British furniture-making history. Born in Yorkshire in 1718, Chippendale trained in York before transforming the rooms of countless of our favourite stately homes. To celebrate his 300th…

Goodwood House in West Sussex, England

History of Goodwood House

Now famous for its annual horse racing and motorsport events, this great estate in West Sussex has been home to the Duke of Richmond for over 80 years. Rob Widdows talks to the Duke about…

Abbey in Bury St Edmunds. Credit: Visit Britain

History of Suffolk Architecture

The architecture of the county of Suffolk is a mix of colour and character, with timber-frame and flint, pargetting and thatched roofs, moats and chimney stacks By Jenny Woolf Scattered around the flinty-grey churches of…

View over the historic Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England. The house sits in parkland laid out by Capability Brown. Credit: VisitEngland/Rich J Jones

Capability Brown: Designing England’s Gardens

CAPABILITY BROWN was the first celebrity garden designer who left an extensive legacy as he swathed his way through more than 150 gardens of the aristocracy in the mid-18th century.

Highclere Castle. Creative Commons

Britain’s 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 From Downton fantasies to dreams of Mr Darcy, nothing captures…

The Parterre Garden at Blickling Estate, Norfolk. Blickling is a turreted red-brick Jacobean mansion, sitting within beautiful gardens and parkland.

Behind the scenes at Blickling Hall, the birthplace of Anne Boleyn

Once voted the National Trust’s most haunted property, Blickling Hall in Norfolk is steeped in history. We chart the history of the former home of kings, queens and earls…

Hire your own private stately home

Who hasn’t dreamed of living in a castle or a stately home? Each year, thousands of British homes are listed  on Airbnb, making it affordable to live out your historic home fantasy

10 of Britain’s best stately homes

Britain has a wealth of beautiful stately homes, many of which are used as sets for filming period dramas for film and television. Here is our pick of the best.