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.
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

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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.

Dreaming up inspiration at Chenies Manor Gardens

“Beautifully mellow under the trees by the church, and archaeologically a fascinating puzzle,” said architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner, of Chenies Manor House.

Early opening for some of Britain’s beautiful buildings

A lot of our favourite places to visit close their doors during the quieter winter months, using the time to clean and carry out vital restoration work, before welcoming visitors again in the spring. But…

Treasures of Lambeth Palace

The Great Hall at Lambeth Palace has a new exhibition featuring books owned by Henry VIII, rare bibles and historic papers on show for the first time.