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The English Stately Home and Garden

Chatsworth House
Chatsworth House | Photo: Paul Collins

Change gear and spend a day in England's glorious countryside, taking in the elegance and traditions of a bygone age. Britain has some of the most renowned country houses and gardens, each with its own special heritage.

Your Guidelines guide can suggest the ideal stately home for you to visit as a couple, a family or a larger group. Many have features designed to appeal to children such as mazes, petting zoos or butterfly houses. Combine your visit with lunch in a traditional pub or leisurely afternoon tea. Some of our favourites include:


  • Longleat House

    Waddesdon ManorLongleat House, one of Britain's most popular stately homes, has stunning Venetian ceilings and Italian decor, and contains many fine paintings. It is also famed for the Safari Park set in the grounds of the estate, which includes lions, tigers and elephants.
  • Woburn Abbey

    18th-century Woburn Abbey, the seat of the Dukes of Bedford, is one of Britain's most famous stately home. The palatial house contains ornate State Apartments and an art collection that includes works by Reynolds, Rembrandt and Van Dyck. Within the 3,000 acre deer park there is also an antiques centre and animal safari park.
  • Waddesdon Manor

    A huge chateau in French 16th-century style, Waddesdon Manor contains a fantastic collection of furniture, paintings, china and tapestries. It was built for Baron de Rothschild to house his priceless art including Savonnerie carpets, Sevres porcelain – even thousands of bottles of wine! The manor is set in 160 acres of wooded parkland and lawns, and even has its own well-stocked aviary.
  • Hever Castle and Gardens

    The impressive Hever Castle was the home of Anne Boleyn (wife of Henry VIII), and dates back to 1270. Its award winning gardens were created by the Astor family at the turn of the last century. Other attractions at Hever include exhibitions, costumes, a lake and a Yew Maze.
  • Chartwell

    ChartwellHome of Sir Winston Churchill, our famous wartime Prime Minister, from 1924 until the end of his life, this Victorian house and terraced gardens possess stunning views over the Weald. Inside, the rooms remain much as the great statesman left them, with pictures, papers and mementoes on display. He said "A day away from Chartwell is a day wasted."
  • Sissinghurst Gardens

     Home of Vita Sackville-West, this is the most famous garden in England.
  • Hidcote Manor Garden

    The  A hugely influential arts and crafts garden, with linked 'room's of hedges, rare trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders.

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