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 Britons: George Orwell – The Author of Animal Farm and 1984 – Two Seminal Books of 20th Century Literature

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George Orwell was the pen-name of Eric Arthur Blair, a novelist, journalist and social critic. His most famous books, Animal Farm and 1984 are prophetic visions at a dystopian authoritarian future. He is remembered for his clear prose, opposition to … [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...]

Brit Books: Exclusive Excerpt from 1960’s Britain – New Title from Shire Books about the Swinging Sixties

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1960s Britain by Susan Cohen Introduction Photo caption: Children playing on a bomb-site in Manchester, 1960s Photo Credit: James Poyner The popular image of the 1960s Britain is of the ‘Swinging Sixties’, a golden age in which the whole … [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...]

Jane Austen on Film: The Top 10 Best Filmed Adaptations of Jane Austen’s Novels – Which is Your Favorite?

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By Janna Wong Healy Editor's Note: This is another guest article written by Janna Wong Healy. She previously wrote Top 10 Most Swoon-worthy British Film & TV Scenes. It is a testament to Jane Austen’s observational sensibilities, wit and … [Read more...]

Great Britons: Charles Dickens – Everything You Need to Know about The Greatest Writer of the Victorian Era

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Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's most well-known fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period. During his life, his works enjoyed … [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...]