Fit for a Queen: 10 Interesting Facts and Figures about Windsor Castle You Might Not Know

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Originally built by King William I in the decade following the Battle of Hastings, today Windsor Castle is the largest castle still in use by a reigning monarch. Several monarchs have added onto William’s original castle over history, with more … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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: 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...]