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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.

See Cecil Beaton’s photos of dowager duchess

Chatsworth House will host the Never a Bore exhibition documenting Deborah Cavendish’s life and glittering social circle in beautiful photography.
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 Relive the moment that we went through the doors of Highclere for...

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. August Bank holiday has traditionally been a time for...
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. For our full feature on duchesses, see...

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. Ten new tales inspired by the secrets, history and mysteries of British heritage properties have been...

Secrets of Scotland’s stately homes and castles

Architectural historian Charles Wemyss, author of Noble Houses of Scotland, sheds light on Scotland’s castles and stately homes, sharing the most fascinating stories of these buildings. A new book called Noble Houses of Scotland, by architectural historian Charles...

Scotland’s stately homes

Some of Britain’s best houses and castles are in Scotland, with their own distinctive character, impressive architecture and fascinating interiors. We take a look inside seven of the finest... With its rich history and myriad...

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. Built as a royal hunting lodge in 1550...

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, Britain’s Jacobean houses have a unique fascination and appeal. We take you inside some...

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 – Woburn Abbey has been all these things and more...

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