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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.

Scotland’s stately homes

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

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.

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

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

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.

Parham House The Long Gallery

Behind the scenes at Parham House in West Sussex

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

Highclere Castle. Creative Commons

The Real Downton Abbey: Highclere Castle

The Earl of Carnarvon has welcomed cameras back into his home, Highclere Castle, for a further series The Crawleys, Earls of Grantham since 1772, occupy the upper floors of their stately home, Downton Abbey. Below, an army of domestic staff…

How to decorate your house like a stately home

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

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

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

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.