Great British Houses: Brympton d’Evercy – A Stunning Stately Home in Somerset


One of Somerset’s most historic houses, Brympton d’Evercy, was once described as ‘the most beautiful house in England’. Built slowly over hundreds of years and then refurbished and renovated for every century after, Brympton d’Evercy has evolved … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Wollaton Hall – An Elizabethan Palace That May Look Familiar from the Batman Films


At the time Wollaton Hall was built, it was an architectural sensation. A decadent Elizabethan palace that showed stark Tudor England how to embrace the excesses of the Renaissance, Wollaton boasts the most dramatic facade of any English house built … [Read more...]

Great British Gardens: Levens Hall in Cumbria – An Iconic Dutch Style Topiary Garden


Levens Hall, in Cumbria, is one of a very few remaining examples of the Dutch Style of Topiary, popular towards the end of the 17th century. As well as over 100 clipped trees, each one in a different shape, the garden has beautiful herbaceous borders … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Kimbolton Castle – A Stunning Castle Turned Mansion in Cambridgeshire


A Norman castle, a Tudor manor house, a Georgian mansion, and finally, a public school. Kimbolton Castle has survived many centuries of change. The final resting place of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s divorced and banished Spanish Queen, … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: Wilton House – A Stunning Example of Palladian Architecture in Wiltshire


Wilton House is an impressive example of severe Palladian style and is home to Inigo Jones’ famous Single and Double Cube Rooms, believed by some to be the finest 17th century staterooms in England.  Privately owned since King Henry VIII seized it … [Read more...]

Great British Houses: A Brief History of the Old and New Wardour Castle in Wiltshire


In the fourteenth century, Baron Lovell returned triumphant from battles overseas and built Wardour Castle, a grand fortress worthy of a powerful English Lord. Originally built as a show of strength and victory over enemies overseas, Wardour Castle … [Read more...]

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


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


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: Knole House – The Iconic Home of the Sackville Family


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

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


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...]

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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...]