Historic Houses in South East England.

The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
Experience the magical world of Brighton's Royal Pavilion, home to three British monarchs. Decorated in the Chinese taste with an Indian exterior this Regency Palace is quite breathtaking.
Arundel Castle & Gardens
Built at the end of the 11th century, Arundel Castle is both ancient castle and stately home. It has been the home of the Dukes of Norfolk and their ancestors for 850 years.
Avebury Manor and Garden
Known as one of Britain's top topiary sites, Avebury Manor in Wiltshire was built on the site of a 12th-century Benedictine Priory.
Basildon Park
This beautiful Palladian mansion was built in 1776-83. The interior is notable for its original delicate plasterwork and elegant staircase, as well as the unusual Octagon Room.
Batemans
The homely sandstone house of Bateman's was the former home of Rudyard Kipling from 1902 to 1936. Literary fans will recognize the house which is mentioned in his autobiography.
Bayham Abbey
Come and enjoy this romantic Abbey ruin, set in the picturesque valley of the River Teise, in the heart of the Weald.
Beaulieu
A unique day out in the heart of the New Forest. The list of things to see is as varied as its history which beckons you from across the centuries.
Belmont House and Garden
The unique Georgian house of Belmont, set in beautiful gardens and surrounded by classical English country parkland, commands stunning views of the rolling Kent countryside.
Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum
The renowned waterfowl collection was started by the late Gerald Askew in the 1960's and soon became the largest private collection in the UK.
Boughton Monchelsea Place
Boughton Monchelsea Place is a lovely Elizabethan Manor House, dating from 1567.
Bowood House & Gardens
People come again and again to rediscover the enchantment of Bowood - a family stately home embracing a whole world of fascination in the splendour of a bygone age.
Breamore House & Museum
The magnificent Manor House is set above the picturesque village of Breamore, overlooking the avon Valley on the edge of the New Forest just north of Fordingbridge.
Broadlands
Broadlands is to undergo major remedial work over the next two years and of necessity this means that the House and Mountbatten Exhibition will be closed to the public until 2012.
Buscot Park and the Faringdon Collection
Buscot Park was built by Edward Loveden Townsend in the 1770's. The house is a dignified example of late 18th-century taste for Italianate country houses.
Charleston
In 1916 the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved to Sussex with their unconventional household. From the moment they arrived they began to transform the house with decorations.
Chartwell
Visit the home of Sir Winston Churchill and gain an insight into the domestic life of Britain's famous wartime Prime Minister.
Clandon Park
A grand Palladian mansion, built in the 1730s by the Venetian architect Leoni and notable for its magnificent two-storeyed Marble Hall
Cliveden
This spectacular estate overlooking the River Thames has a series of charismatic gardens featuring topiary, statuary, water gardens, a formal parterre and woodland and riverside walks with magnificent vistas.
Clouds Hill
Although it is a long way from Arabia, Clouds Hill was the simple Dorset home of writer and British Army Officer, T.E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia.
Dorney Court
Dorney Court has been the home of the Palmer family for more than 450 years, passing from father to son through thirteen generations. It is a Grade 1 listed building.
Dyrham Park
The impressive baroque mansion of Dyrham Hall was principally developed by William Blathwayt. He married Mary Wynter in 1686 and on the death of her father began work on the neglected manor house.
Edmondsham House and Gardens
Edmonsham House is a fine Tudor Manor House with Georgian additions, which has remained within the ownership of the same family since the sixteenth Century.
Fawley Court
Fawley Court has a history that dates back to the 11th Century, the current house being designed by the world famous Sir Christopher Wren in 1683.
Finchcocks
Finchcocks is a fine early Georgian manor in a beautiful unspoilt setting which houses a magnificent collection of some ninety historical keyboard instruments.
Firle Place
Firle Place is the home of the Gage family and has been for over 500 years. This unique Tudor house is set at the foot of the Sussex Downs within its own parkland and boasts a very interesting history.
Great Chalfield Manor and Garden
It is hard to find a more delightful example of a medieval manor house than Great Chalfield Manor, surrounded by its seven acres of splendid Arts and Crafts gardens.
Greys Court
Greys Court is a picturesque and intriguing house, originally 14th-century, with a beautiful courtyard and a tower surviving from 1347. It was later involved with Jacobean court intrigue.
Hatchlands Park
Built in 1758 for Admiral Edward Boscawen and set in a beautiful Repton Park offering a variety of park and woodland walks, Hatchlands contains splendid interiors by Robert Adam, decorated in appropriately nautical style.
Hatfield House
Celebrated Jacobean House and Tudor Old Palace steeped in Elizabethan and Victorian political history in a spectacular countryside setting. Built in 1607 and home of the Cecil family for 400 years.
Highclere Castle
Highclere Castle, the family home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, is located in Hampshire near the town of Newbury. It is the fantastic setting of the popular television series Downton Abbey.
Hinton Ampner Garden
Hinton Ampner is one of the great gardens of the 20th-century. It is a masterpiece of design by Ralph Dutton, 8th and last Lord Sherborne, uniting a formal layout with varied and informal plantings in pastel shades.
Hughenden Manor
Hughenden Manor was the home of Victorian prime minister and statesman Benjamin Disraeli from 1848 until his death in 1881. Most of his furniture, books and pictures remain in this, his private retreat.
Ightham Mote
Ightham Mote is a superbly restored 14th century half-timbered house set in a deep wooded valley, surrounded by its original water-filled moat.
Ingatestone Hall
Ingatestone Hall is a sixteenth century manor house built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor Monarchs.
Jane Austen's House Museum
Jane Austen's House Museum is housed in a charming red-brick seventeenth-century house, It was Jane's last home, where she lived with her mother and sister Cassandra from 1809 until 1817.
Kingston Lacy
Kingston Lacy is a magnificent mansion with important collections, set in attractive formal gardens and parkland.
Knebworth House
The Lytton family have lived at Knebworth for 500 years. Queen Elizabeth 1 stayed here, Charles Dickens acted in private theatricals in the House and Winston Churchill's painting of the Banqueting Hall hangs in the room where he painted it.
Knole Park
Knole Park is just the place to combine a round of golf with a historic and interesting National Trust property.
Lacock Abbey
Lacock Abbey has frequently been used as the setting for such classic films as Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Robin Hood.
Loseley Park
Built in 1562 by Sir William Moore, a fine example of Elizabethan architecture, set amid beautiful parkland grazed by the Loseley Jersey herd.
Lydiard House & Park
Lydiard Park, the ancestral home of the Viscounts Bolingbroke, lies in beautiful parkland within easy reach of junction 16 on the M4. The Palladian house, church, formal parkland and surrounding pasture are the striking remains of a great estate.
Mapledurham House and Watermill
Mapledurham House, still the home of the descendants of the original family, is an Elizabethan Manor House situated beside the Thames and sheltered by the Chiltern Hills.
Milton's Cottage
Come and visit the Grade 1 listed XVIth Century cottage where John Milton lived and completed "Paradise Lost" and started "Paradise regained".
Mompesson House
Sharing the Close in Salisbury with the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral overlooking the Choristers' Green, the grand Mompesson House with its Queen Anne facade looks quite at home in this quiet backwater of Old Sarum.
Mottisfont Abbey Garden, House and Estate
This 12th-century Augustinian priory was converted into a private house after the Dissolution and still retains the spring or "font" from which its name is derived. The abbey contains a drawing-room decorated by Rex Whistler.
Newtimber Place
Newtimber Place is a Sussex moated house, built of flint and brick with a roof of Horsham stone.
Osborne House
Osborne House, Queen Victoria's family home, is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Isle of Wight.
Penshurst Place & Gardens
Penshurst Place is one of England's finest historic houses set in the Weald of Kent's peaceful rural landscape.
Petworth House
A magnificent late-17th century palace set in a beautiful park, landscaped by 'Capability' Brown and immortalised in Turner's paintings.
Polesden Lacey
The gracious Polesden Lacey estate dates back to well before the current house was built. The elegant 19th century mansion was designed by architect Thomas Cubitt.
Port Lympne The Aspinall Wild Animal Experience
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, in Kent, is a 500 acre safari adventure.
Powell-Cotton Museum
The Park, gardens and woodlands provide an attractive and tranquil backdrop to Quex House, one of Kent's finest Regency houses, and the Powell-Cotton Museum a vast collection of treasures gathered on twenty-eight expeditions to Africa and Asia.
Priest's House Museum
The Priest's House is an historic town house dating from the 16th century. This Grade II* listed building retains many original architectural features.
Quebec House
Those who enjoy British military history will particularly appreciate a trip to Quebec House in Kent. It was the birthplace of General James Wolfe who went on to defeat the French at Quebec in 1759.
Saint Hill Manor
One of the finest Sussex sandstone buildings in England, Saint Hill Manor was built in 1792 by Gibbs Crawford.
Shaws Corner
Visit the home of George Bernard Shaw from 1906 until his death in 1950.
Smallhythe Place
Smallhythe Place is the perfect place for theatre lovers who will be both surprised and charmed by the contents of this 16th century farm house in its quiet rural setting.
Squerryes Court
Experience the warm welcome of this beautiful 17th Century manor house, still lived in by the descendants of John Warde who purchased Squerryes from the Earl of Jersey in 1731.
St. Mary's House and Gardens
This historic house in the downland village of Bramber was built in 1470 by Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester, Provost of Eton College and founder of Magdalen College Oxford.
Standen
The Victorian family home of Standen is a celebration of all aspects of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
Stonor
Stonor has been the home of Lord and Lady Camoys and the Stonor family for over eight hundred years. It is set the beautiful Chiltern Hills with commanding views of the surrounding deer park.
The Vyne
Step into another world when you visit this richly historic house in a glorious, unspoilt setting, and discover a wealth of rare treasures and domestic features.
Uppark House and Garden
Like many National Trust properties, Uppark House is not just about the historic house and gardens, but also the fascinating lives of those who have lived there.
Waddesdon Manor
Waddesdon manor was built between 1874 and 1889 in the style of a 16th-century French chateau for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to entertain his guests and display his vast collection of art treasures.
West Wycombe Park
The West Wycombe Park house is one of the most theatrical and Italianate mid-18th-century buildings in England with facades designed as classical temples.
Wilton House
Wilton house, 450 year old home to the Earl of Pembroke, provides a fascinating insight into British history.
Wimpole Hall, Garden and Park
Wimpole Hall, set in rolling parkland and woodland, is part of the 2,500 acre Wimpole Estate. The Hall is a magnificent country house, mainly eighteenth century in style.

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