Anglophile Alert: 2 Limited Spots Available on Luxury House Tour of The Peak District, Lake District and Yorkshire from Scottish Dream Tours

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We don't normally do this but our friends at Scottish Dream Tours asked us kindly if we would let our readers know that they have had two spots open up on their upcoming Luxury House Tour of The Peak District, Lake District and Yorkshire that will … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Luton Hoo – The Great House Turned Hotel

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Luton Hoo mansion house has been re-built and re-modelled by some of the finest architects to work in England. The house has seen visits from royalty such as Queen Mary, Edward VII and Queen Elizabeth II and been owned by a Prime Minister and Russian … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Petworth House – A Stunning House in Sussex Made Famous by Turner and Home to a World Class Art Collection

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Petworth House is one of the most striking country houses in England. The long, imposing stone facade of the house fronts a huge number of rooms and the outbuildings, parks and mighty stone wall erected around the Petworth estate challenges the … [Read more...]

Harry Potter: 5 Real Harry Potter Filming Locations That You Can Visit in Britain

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The world of Harry Potter is a magical place filled with Quidditch Matches, Dementors, Wizards, House Elves, Centaurs, Deatheaters, and more. There are so many impossibly awesome things it may seem hard to think that any of them could be real. Of … [Read more...]

Scotland Travel: Five Fantastic Day Trips From Edinburgh

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There are many fantastic sights within an easy reach of Edinburgh. When visiting Great Britain, I usually base myself in a larger city and do day trips to explore more of what Britain has to offer. I don’t dare drive, but the excellent transit system … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Calke Abbey – A Perfectly Preserved Great House On the Decline

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A few miles from Ticknall in Derbyshire, England there stands a grade-I listed mansion that dates back to 1701. The house was all but forgotten for decades and slid into disrepair at the hands of the owners who couldn’t afford the upkeep of a baroque … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Warwick Castle – A Stunning Medival Stone Castle Preserved in Warwickshire

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The site of Warwick Castle has a history that stretches way back to the year 914 when an Anglo-Saxon Burh was established by Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great. Throughout the next 1200 years, this plot of land and the buildings erected upon it … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Knole House – The Iconic Home of the Sackville Family

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Standing ancient and proud with its back turned to the 1,000 acre deer park that separates it from the town of Sevenoaks in West Kent, and indeed the rest of the world, Knole House is one of the largest and most imposing houses in England. Key Facts … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Berkeley Castle – A Medieval Gothic Castle Famed For the Murder of Edward II

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For anyone who still remembers their English History lessons, Berkeley Castle is a place of horror; a medieval gothic castle famed for being the setting of the grisly murder of Edward II and home to many a ghost with unfinished business. Remarkably, … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Alnwick Castle – An Iconic Castle in Northumberland Made Famous by Harry Potter

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Overlooking the lush green meadows of the banks of the River Aln and dominating the small town of Alnwick in Northumberland is the vast medieval fortress of Alnwick Castle. The stark and dramatic exterior of the castle, the site of various battles … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: Exploring World War II History in The Channel Islands – A Day Trip to Guernsey

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Situated off the French coast of Normandy, Guernsey is one of two Bailiwicks that comprise The Channel Islands; the southernmost islands belonging to the British Isles. While it remains loyal to the British Crown, Guernsey ‘s independent status means … [Read more...]

Guest Long Read: Great British Telly – Following in the Footsteps of Classic British TV

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(Lead image courtesy of Paul Townsend via Flickr) Is it the accents? Is it the dry, sarcastic (and more often than not quick-witted) humour? The fact that it can sometimes be a bit rubbish remains eminently watchable anyway? Whatever it is that … [Read more...]

Great Houses: 10 Interesting Facts and Figures about Blenheim Palace – The Birthplace of Winston Churchill

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One of the only non-Royal, non-episcopal country estates to carry the term “palace”, it was built between 1705 and 1722 and was a tribute to John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough for his victories against the French and Bavarians in the War of … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Kingston Lacy – A Beautiful Italianate Country House in Dorset

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Often referred to as an ‘explorer’ and ‘adventurer’, William John Bankes lived his life with such vigour that Byron referred to him as ‘the father of all mischiefs’. Kingston Lacy, a glorious Italianate country house originally built in the 17th … [Read more...]

The Real Downton: 10 Interesting Facts and Figures about Highclere Castle – The Real Downton Abbey – That You Probably Didn’t Know

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While another house once stood where Highclere is today, the current house that has become so famous was designed by Sir Charles Barry (one of the architects of the Houses of Parliament) and was constructed from 1839 to 1842. As with many great … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Cliveden House – The House Made Notorious by Political Scandal

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Once home to one of the most famous cliques in British history, the ‘Cliveden Set’, Cliveden House is a country mansion that boasts some of the most impressive gardens in the country and a history peppered with political scandal. Built in a mixture … [Read more...]

Great British Gardens: Sissinghurst Castle Garden – The Most Visited Garden in England

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Sissinghurst is a garden in Kent and is the most visited garden in England. It was created in the 1930’s by Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson. The garden features a series of rooms each with a distinct theme and separated by yew … [Read more...]

Dispatches from England: Following in Paddington Bear’s Shoes In London – A Paddington Tour of London

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Since the movie was released here in the UK in late November, Paddington Bear has been all the rage (at least among young children... the segment of the population I'm most familiar with!) Last month, my family thoroughly enjoyed a trip to the cinema … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Bolsover Castle – A Stunning Castle in Derbyshire That Played a Key Role in the English Civil War

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Part 12th century medieval palace ruins and part 17th century Elizabethan renaissance mansion, Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire is a unique and internationally important structure. Once home to Cavalier playboy Sir William Cavendish who entertained King … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Holkham Hall – A Stunning Palladian House With a Huge Art Collection in Norfolk

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With one of the finest private collections of sculpture and paintings in the world, Holkham Hall is an art museum in its own right. An 18th century country house built in an exquisite Palladian style, Holkham Hall is located in the heart of the … [Read more...]

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...]