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...]

Guest Long Read: Victorian Spooks – Charles Dickens and the Art of a Good Ghost Story

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It’s that time of year again – time to round up your fainthearted friends, flick off the lights and frazzle their nerves with the best ghost story you can muster. But before you shine a flashlight up your face and start bleating out another generic … [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...]

Sunday Photo: A Lovely Shot of the Golden Afternoon Sun on Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset For Your Desktop Wallpaper

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This is my favorite picture from our last trip to England. We stayed on Gold Hill, located in Shaftesbury, Dorset in Updown Cottage - the white cottage in the center - for the Christmas holidays and had a lovely time. Every day I waited for the light … [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...]