Great British Gardens: Hestercombe – An Iconic Lutyens Lanscape in Somerset

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Hestercombe is a garden in Somerset which features both a 17th century Landscape Garden and an important Edwardian garden by the design team of Edward Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. The garden is a high-point of their partnership and marks the … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Audley End – A Stunning Example of Jacobean Architecture in Essex

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Built to impress a king, Audley End House is a stately home with palatial aspirations and one of Britain’s finest examples of 17th century Jacobean architecture. Thanks to ambitious restoration work carried out in the Victorian era and ongoing … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Beaulieu Palace House – Home to Britain’s National Motor Museum

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Beaulieu Palace House, as it is grandly known, is part medieval Cistercian Abbey and part Victorian Gothic revivalist country mansion. Opened up to the public in the 1950s by the famous 3rd Baron Edward Douglas-Scott Montagu, Beaulieu House created … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: Exploring Gibraltar a Little Piece of Britain in Southern Spain

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What if I told you there was a little patch of England that was sunny more days than cloudy? More warm than rainy? Would you believe that this part of England is home to 230 Barbary Maccau apes? On a clear day you can see Morocco and the Queen hasn’t … [Read more...]

Great British Gardens: Hidcote Manor Garden – A Hidden Garden of Eden in Gloucestershire

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Hidcote Manor Garden was built in the early 20th century by the Anglo-American Lawrence Johnston. The garden is in The Cotswolds and is famous for its numerous garden ‘rooms’, enclosed by clipped hedges and containing a wide variety of both common … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Balmoral Castle – Her Majesty The Queen’s Private Scottish Home

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Balmoral Castle will forever be known as the happy family home of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their nine children. An epic Scotch Baronial castle, fit for the Queen of Great Britain and grandmother of Europe, Balmoral Castle remains the … [Read more...]

Great British Gardens: Stowe Landscape Gardens – One of the First Managed Landscape Gardens in England

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Stowe is a grand estate in the Vale of Aylesbury north of London. It contains a large mansion and extensive grounds in the Landscape style, which developed during the 18th century in Georgian England to reflect a growing interest in an idealized … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Waddesdon Manor – The House Built by the Rothschild Banking Dynasty

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Waddesdon Manor is a Louis XIV style French renaissance château lavishly built in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. As extravagant as you would expect, Waddesdon Manor is one the grandest country houses in … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Leeds Castle – “The Loveliest Castle in the World”

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You can’t talk about the history of the English royal family in medieval times without taking a moment to acknowledge Leeds Castle. First a Norman stronghold, Leeds Castle has been the royal residence of six queens of Medieval Britain and if walls … [Read more...]

New Article Series – Great British Gardens: Stourhead – The Timeless Landscape in Wiltshire

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Editor's Note: This is the first article in a series of 5 articles about Britain's greatest gardens. First up is our personal favorite, Stourhead in Wiltshire. Stourhead is a large landscape garden in Wiltshire, built in the 18th century. It … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Goodwood House – The Home of the Festival of Speed With a Fascinating History

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Goodwood house is primarily a 19th century regency style palace that has gone through a series of major remodels and extensions since the year 1600. With an art collection that has its origins in the Royal house of Stuart and famously unusual and … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Chartwell – The Beloved Home of Sir Winston Churchill – The Home That Was His Daily Inspiration

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The family home of Sir Winston Churchill for most of his adult life, Chartwell is a museum and shrine to the man who led Great Britain to victory during the Second World War. Now a National Trust property, Chartwell is an understated Victorian … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: 10 Things to See and Do in Cardiff, Wales – Cardiff Trip Planning Guide

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Travel agents call it the "dozy“, boring capital of Wales, but there is much more to Cardiff than you might expect. Most people know Cardiff as the home of Doctor Who and as a location used to stand-in for London in Sherlock and other BBC … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Osborne House – Queen Victoria’s Great Seaside Retreat

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The treasured houses of England are widely populated by visitors every year. Any glimpse of a royal artifact or architectural design common from an ancient era entices the attention of many. One house in particular that has a long standing name on … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: Caledoniatopia – Top 10 Things to See and Do in Edinburgh Scotland for the History Buff

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  Edinburgh is an outstanding city and my favorite place in Great Britain to visit. Perched on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, the capital of Scotland is filled with stunning views, fascinating history & architecture, … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Hever Castle – The Childhood Home of Anne Boleyn Eventually Owned by American William Waldorf Astor

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There are many remarkable and grand houses in England that have been the center stage for life changing historic events throughout time. Hever Castle is one estate on the map that is enriched with history and beautiful architecture. The Castle is … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Lyme Park – Made Famous as Pemberley in Pride & Prejudice – A Beautiful National Trust Property in Cheshire

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An exquisite estate is usually described as having intricate architecture, a thorough background in historical events, and many highly sought after collectibles contained within the house. An estate that is very much categorized as such is Lyme Park, … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Longleat – Everything You Need to Know About Longleat House and Safari Park

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The first stately house to open to the public as a tourist attraction was Longleat. It also has the first safari park to be established outside of Africa. If you are searching for a fun location, where your family can enjoy outdoor entertainment with … [Read more...]

Anglophile Deal: Anglotopia Readers Can Now Save 40% on a Subscription to Britain Magazine – Exclusive Discount – Details Inside

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We've got an exciting exclusive offer for Anglotopia readers. We're big fans of Britain Magazine, which is the 'official' magazine of Britain. Despite the success of internet and tablets, I still love the feeling of thumbing through a glossy magazine … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Dyrham Park in Gloucestershire – The House Made Famous by The Remains of the Day

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Large and grand homes dot the English countryside. However, one mansion in particular is enriched in baroque design elements. Dyrham Park is nestled within a deer park, located near an ancient village in South Gloucestershire, England. The house … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: Foyle’s War – A Guide to the Hastings of Christopher Foyle – Shooting Locations to Visit In Person from a Local

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‘Did watching Foyle’s War make you want to move to Hastings?’ I’d like to say ‘yes’, and possibly the atmospheric scenes filmed in Hastings Old Town helped, even if only subliminally.  However, we did not move here full-time until 2011, and most … [Read more...]