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Hopton Hall Gardens - Derbyshire
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Hopton Hall, dating back to 1414, lies on the edge of the White Peak National Park. In the 1400s Hopton Hall boasted an estate of 3,700 acres, some of which now stands under the Carsington Reservoir.

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Home to the Sitwell family for nearly 400 years. The famous literary trio, Edith, Osbert, and Sacheverell Sitwell were all patrons of the arts and played a significant part in the artistic and literary world at the beginning of the 20th century. Renishaw ... read more
Belvoir Castle - Leicestershire
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An historic castle in the grand style, seat of the Manners family, Dukes of Rutland. Built on an earlier site, the castle today is an outstanding example of Regency work - begun in 1801 under James Wyatt. The Regent's Gallery is his work, celebrating a vi... read more
Whatton House and Gardens - Leicestershire
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The wife of the first Lord Crawshaw carried out much of the landscaping of the garden in the late 19th Century. Extending to 15 acres, it offers the visitor a haven of peace and tranquility through all the seasons of the year. A myriad of paths lead thr... read more
Burghley House - Lincolnshire
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One of the greatest of Britain's non-royal palaces, a prodigy house built for Elizabeth I's Lord High Treasurer, Lord Burghley. His interiors include a Great Hall with hammerbeam roof and vaulted Old Kitchen. Later Earls of Exeter have endowed the buildin... read more
Doddington Hall - Lincolnshire
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A confident, symmetrical and unfussy work by the great Elizabethan architect, Robert Smythson, for Thomas Taylor, Registrar to the powerful Bishop of Lincoln. Interiors refurbished in 18th century. Good furniture includes Cromwellian bobbin chairs and the... read more
Easton Walled Gardens - Lincolnshire
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President Franklin Roosevelt described these gardens as a 'Dream of Nirvana...almost too good to be true'. 50 years later, the house was pulled down and the gardens abandoned. 100 years later see the ongoing revival of these magnificent gardens. Funded ... read more
Ellys Manor House - Lincolnshire
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A late 15th to early 16th century wool merchant's Manor House, built in the Flemish style with iconic stepped gable end, built of stone. The House boasts a fabulous scheme of early 16th century wall paintings, said to be the 'most complete, extensive and ... read more
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Park dating mainly from 1790 with medieval carp ponds. Spectacular lakeside gardens, walled garden, secret garden and adventure playground.

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Experience the humble beginnings of the controversial writer who scandalised the literary establishment. Visit this authentically recreated miner’s cottage, birthplace of world renowned Nottinghamshire author D.H. Lawrence, then explore the surrounding co... read more
Hodsock Priory - Nottinghamshire
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Renowned Gardens, famous for spectacular snowdrop displays and winter perennial plant species. Open every February only. Tea Room, Woodland Cafe, Plant Sales & Gift Shop.

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Holme Pierrepont Hall - Nottinghamshire
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The present house is the gatehouse range of a larger medieval house dating from the 13th century. Its facade includes brickwork of c. 1510 and a later battlemented parapet. The interior includes features rescued from the demolished Hall Range, including a... read more
Kelham Hall & Country Park - Nottinghamshire
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Kelham Hall & Country Park is a magnificent Victorian stately home, built in 1863, set within 88 acres of gardens and parklands, located in the heart of Nottinghamshire. A rich history as the ancestral home of the Manners-Sutton family, along with its... read more
Papplewick Hall - Nottinghamshire
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John Evelyn, the noted 17th century writer and diarist, recorded a visit to the area in 1654, mentioning ‘Paplewick, an incomparable vista with the pretty castle nere it.’ No vestige remains in Papplewick of the Castle to which Evelyn alluded, but one fie... read more
Thrumpton Hall - Nottinghamshire
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NB: this property offers free access (NB: gardens only) to HHA Friends - see opening times.

This magnificent Jacobean house has a history that reaches back into the 16th century, when it belonged to the Powdrills, a Roman Catholic fa... read more
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Moggerhanger Park - Bedfordshire
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Moggerhanger Park is a 33 acre estate in the middle of beautiful Bedfordshire countryside containing Moggerhanger House, a Grade 1 listed Country House designed by the eminent architect, Sir John Soane. The fascinating grounds contain historic woodlands,... read more
Woburn Abbey - Bedfordshire
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Set in a beautiful 3,000 acre deer park, with 10 species of deer roaming free, Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Dukes of Bedford for nearly 400 years. Today it is occupied by the 15th Duke and his family.

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The Manor Gardens - Cambridgeshire
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Built about 1130 The Manor is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in the country. It was the home of Lucy Boston from 1939 until her death in 1990 and is the setting for her Green Knowe children’s books. Visitors feel that they are walking i... read more
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Layer Marney Tower is a beautiful Tudor building surrounded by formal gardens and parkland with magnificent views to the Blackwater Estuary. Built of soft red brick, with a delightful warm tone, Layer Marney Tower achieves an extraordinary synthesis of gr... read more
Benington Lordship - Hertfordshire
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Romantic rose garden surrounds ruined Norman keep, gatehouse and Georgian manor. Lawns and steps overlook lakes and parkland. Herbaceous borders, sunken garden, rockery, walled kitchen garden complete with sculptures.

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Tudor flint house nestling at the bottom of a river valley, surrounded by a moat known to date from 1250.

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Gardens specialising in rare shrubs and herbaceous plants laid out approximately 100 years ago around a red brick Georgian house. Victorian conservatory, walled kitchen garden and new arboretum.

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The gardens contain the remains of an Augustinian priory founded in 1153 on a site next to the Holy House. Woodland and riverside walks with seasonal bulbs and autumn colour beside the ruins of one of England's most famous medieval pilgrimage shrines. read more
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This impressive red brick Elizabethan mansion is steeped in history and is the perfect setting for a traditional English county-style wedding. Glemham Hall was built circa 1560 by the de Glemham family, who took their name from nearby Great (Magna) and L... read more
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Strawberry Hill is Britain's finest example of Georgian Gothic Revival architecture and interior decoration. It began life in 1698 as a modest house, later transformed into 'a little Gothic castle' by Horace Walpole, the son of England's first Prime Minis... read more
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Commissioned in 1616 by Anne of Denmark, wife of James I, the Queen's House is the first purely classical building in Britain and represents a turning point in english architecture. Designed by Inigo Jones as a private royal retreat, it was completed in 1... read more
Syon House - Middlesex
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The London home of the Duke of Northumberland, whose family were granted the former monastic site at the end of the 16th century. The Tudor mansion was remodelled by Robert Adam for the 1st Duke in 1760's and the interiors are an architectural tour de for... read more
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Wynyard Hall - Cleveland
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This property offers free access (gardens only) to HHA Friends - see opening times.

Situated on the outskirts of Durham in the Tees Valley, this striking four-star hotel provides an exceptional experience – where exquisite charm meets conte... read more
Alnwick Castle - Northumberland
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Mighty fortress home of the Percy family, Dukes of Northumberland, since 1309. The exterior medieval castle is one of the finest in Britain - it was restored by Anthony Salvin, mid 19th century but it retains an appropriate relationship with the town. The... read more
Bamburgh Castle - Northumberland
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Royal stronghold dating back to 547 AD, with a huge square Norman keep dominating the coastal sand dunes and views across to Lindisfarne. Restored late last century by Lord Armstrong, the castle now contains collections of armour, porcelain and paintings ... read more
Preston Tower - Northumberland
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A Pele Tower with 7ft thick walls built by Robert Harbottle in 1392. Two of the four turrets are missing, but the remains are furnished to illustrate life at that time. It is one of 78 that existed by the 15th century.

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Good example of early Victorian Jacobean-style mansion (1833-41) with fine plasterwork, panelling, grand staircase and chapel by Salvin. Egerton Warburton painting collection.

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Bramall Hall - Cheshire
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Spectacular black-and-white timber-framed Tudor manor house, newly refurbished, with additional rooms open to the public, set in approximately 60 acres of parkland. Formal beds are found close to the House, while a small river valley contains unspoilt lak... read more
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Stunning ornamental gardens dominated by the romantic revival castle with extensive lakeside and woodland walks.

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Rode Hall - Cheshire
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Built in 1705 and significantly expanded in 1752, Rode Hall is a comfortable, red brick country house bounded by a Humphrey Repton park and lake. In the early 19th century John Hope altered the interior to give a Regency feel to the entrance hall and othe... read more
Tatton Park - Cheshire
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Tatton Park is one of the North of England's most impressive historic estates and welcomes you to a variety of attractions. During your visit you can enjoy the 50 acres of Gardens, an historic Mansion, a Tudor Old Hall and a 1930s working Farm. The stunni... read more
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Grand large-scale rebuilding in Victorian Tudor style by Paley & Austin. Epitome of country house life before the Great War, with appropriate collections. Mementoes of Henry Cavendish, who discovered the properties of hydrogen.

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Medieval Pele towers, extended in 17th century with a gallery and baroque central facade, in the 18th century with a suite of 3 rooms, and in the 19th century with a tower by Salvin. The interiors span the centuries and contain a fine collection of portra... read more
Isel Hall - Cumbria
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Standing on a steep slope above the winding River Derwent and two miles from Bassenthwaite Lake, Isel Hall is a spectacular building. Its south facing terraces command glorious views to the river, which is banked with rhododendrons in the Spring. In the d... read more
Morland House - Cumbria
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The house was originally a Tudor vicarage with an 18th century front. After it was bought by the Markham family in 1871, it was much enlarged in Tudor style. It is not open to the public but is a 9 bedroom holiday home sleeping 18.

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Owned by the same family since 1208, the castle today is mainly 14th century with 19th century remodelling. Extensive collection of 16th and 17th century furniture, paintings and family portraits and memorabilia including the 'Luck of Muncaster' cup. Pion... read more
Milntown - Isle of Man
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The Christian Family lived at Milntown since at least the early 16th century and parts of the house date from that period. During the seventeenth century extensive alterations and additions were made. After this period the Christians moved to Cumberland a... read more
Astley Hall - Lancashire
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Astley Hall is a museum and art gallery housed within a Grade I listed historic house. The Hall is set within the beautiful surroundings of Astley Park which include historic woodland, a lake, a fully renovated Victorian walled garden alongside clean and ... read more
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A garden of 12 acres. The setting is in a valley cut of the surrounding fields over millennia by a tributary of the river Lune called Artle Beck. The sound of water is ever-present. The terraces descend from the house to the lake, and are planted with ... read more
Hoghton Tower - Lancashire
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Situated in Lancashire between Preston and Blackburn, this Elizabethan fortified hilltop Manor House, is the ancestral home of the de Hoghton family. Built in 1565, the Tower has played host to many famous figures in history including William Shakespeare ... read more
Lytham Hall - Lancashire
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The finest Georgian house in Lancashire. Completed in 1764, on the site of an earlier Benedictine monastery and a Jacobean house, with Victorian additions. The Long Gallery survives from the Jacobean property.

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Samlesbury Hall - Lancashire
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Built in 1325, Samlesbury Hall is steeped in fascinating history, retaining its original typical black and white exterior. Enjoy intrigue, witchcraft and centuries of enthralling times gone by throughout their archive rooms. Saved from demolition in the... read more
Towneley Hall - Lancashire
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Historic House, Museum and Art Gallery set within Historic park and woodlands. Large collection of 19th century oil and water colour paintings, Lancashire made furniture, period rooms, formal gardens and small craft museum.

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Caerhays Castle, which is owned by the Williams family, is located in a sheltered valley overlooking Porthluney Cove on the South Cornish Coast, and is equidistant from Truro and St Austell. The castle was designed by John Nash, and is set in 120 acres of... read more
Pencarrow - Cornwall
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A square, ochre stuccoed Palladian house of the 1750s built around an earlier one by Robert Allanson and tucked into the warm Cornish countryside. 19th century additions to the library and music room serve to enhance the house's important collection of fa... read more
Port Eliot - Cornwall
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Port Eliot is situated on the banks of the Tamar estuary system in Cornwall, 10 miles to the west of Plymouth, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The house is almost unimaginably old having been continually inhabited since the 5/6th century. It bec... read more
Tregrehan House - Cornwall
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The garden was listed as nationally outstanding on the English Heritage gardens register. Although not a Botanic Garden in the strictest sense, the Carlyon family has been involved in growing exotic material and exchanging plants with other Botanic Garde... read more
Trewithen - Cornwall
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Meaning 'house of the trees', this is a neat Palladian house by Thomas Edwards of Greenwich, lived in by the same family for over 250 years. Interiors include the Dining Room by Sir Robert Taylor with rococo plasterwork, and family collections. Much of th... read more
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Hartland Abbey is a fascinating house. Built across a narrow,wooded valley leading to an Atlantic cove a mile away, Henry VIII gifted the Abbey to The Keeper of his Wine Cellar, whose descendants live here today. Not only can visitors experience the stunn... read more
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Set in a large deer park, this fortified mansion was built by the Courtenays between 1390-1490. Severely damaged in the Civil War, the house was restored by a rebuilding programme which ran through to the 19th century. It now houses Georgian interior, hou... read more
Sand - Devon
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An elegant Elizabethan manor rebuilt in the 1590s by the Huyshe family and then carefully restored and extended in the early 20th century by Roland Huyshe with help from the architect, E H Harbottle. The new work is pure Tudor and virtually indistinguisha... read more
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Begun in 1765 and developed ever since, now a 20-acre woodland garden in coastal valley with own microclimate. Famous for its camellias, rhododendrons, magnolias and hydrangeas and tender species.

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One of the outstanding manor houses in England. The late medieval great hall with tall oriel window is uniquely fine amidst the harmonious Tudor additions with their Ham stone mullions and heraldic carved beasts.

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Forde Abbey - Dorset
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Enjoy Forde Abbey's award winning 30 acre informal garden where there is always something of beauty and interest to see; from carpets of springtime bulbs, through vibrant summer borders to the wonderful colours of the arboretum in autumn. Even in winter, ... read more
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Highcliffe Castle is a Grade I listed building which was built between 1831 and 1835 by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. It has been described as "the most important remaining example of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture."

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Mapperton - Dorset
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Set in a deep Dorset valley and dominated by the Jacobean manor, the gardens run down on four levels; at the top a wide lawn leads to an Italianate 1920s topiary garden with a classical orangery; on the next level, tanks flanked by cut yew give views to t... read more
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The gardens lie in valley landscaped in the 18th century and have been owned by the same family for 350 years. A mile of walks reveals an exceptional collection of rhododendrons and shrubs (magnolias, davidas and acers), and an 18th century water garden w... read more
Cirencester Park - Gloucestershire
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The 3,000-acre woodland and pasture park is open all year, with a perimeter hedge (claimed to be the largest in the world) planted in the 1720s. Stephen Switzer may have advised on the original plan, and Alexander Pope invested money in the planting, but... read more
Misarden Park Gardens - Gloucestershire
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This lovely, timeless garden, with spectacular views over both deer park and rolling Cotswold hills beyond, was created in the 17th Century and still retains a wonderful sense of peace and quietness. There are extensive yew hedges, including a notable top... read more
Painswick Rococo Garden - Gloucestershire
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Unique 18th century garden restoration situated in a hidden 6 acre Cotswold combe. Charming contemporary buildings are juxtaposed with winding woodland walks and formal vistas. Famous for its early spring show of snowdrops. Anniversary maze.
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Sezincote - Gloucestershire
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The house, garden and orangery form an exotic Indian fantasy with Hindu and Muslim architecture. Charles Cockerell of the East India Company commissioned his brother to build the house with advice from Humphrey Repton and the painter Thomas Daniell in the... read more
Sudeley Castle - Gloucestershire
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With royal and historical connections that stretch back over a thousand years, Sudeley Castle & Gardens has played an important role in the turbulent and changing times of England’s past. The castle was a base for Richard III during the Wars of the Ro... read more
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The formal gardens, which feature terraces, rills and an orangery, are the supreme example of the Lutyens/Jekyll partnership. The newly restored landscape garden, designed by Coplestone Warre Bampfylde in 1750, contains 40 acres of Georgian pleasure groun... read more
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Peaceful 5-acre plantsman's 'Millennium' garden adjoining Malmesbury Abbey, the hugely historic site includes 2,000 different roses, 2,000 herbs centred in medieval herb garden and 2,000 other plant species, double herbaceous borders, wooded and river wal... read more
Corsham Court - Wiltshire
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A Elizabethan house of 1582 bought by Paul Methuen in the mid-18th century to house his major collection of 16th and 17th century Italian and Flemish master paintings and statuary. In the mid-19th century the house was enlarged to contain a second collect... read more
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A treasure garden beside the Avon, designed by Harold Peto in Edwardian and Tudor styles - terraced garden with clipped yew and Chilmark stonework; but Peto's Edwardian style gives way to luxuriant planting; walled garden with tunnels of apple trees and p... read more
Longleat House - Wiltshire
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Longleat House is set within 900 acres of ‘Capability' Brown landscaped gardens and is widely regarded as one of the best examples of Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to t... read more
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Lydiard House & Park is the ancestral home of the Viscounts Bolingbroke. The Palladian house contains original family furnishings and portraits, exceptional plasterwork and rare 17th century painted window. The Georgian walled garden has beautiful sea... read more
Newhouse - Wiltshire
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A curious triangular building using 2-inch thick bricks, erected by the same family which built Longford Castle, also triangular. Begun in 1609 as a hunting lodge, it points outwards like a figure 'Y' and has 18th century extensions added to the 'Y' wings... read more
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A 1930s woodland garden and 19th century formal gardens surround the historic house; with deer park, water garden and other small special gardens.

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Shaw House - Berkshire
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This property offers free access to HHA Friends and Members during normal opening hours - please check opening times.

Shaw House was built in 1581 by Newbury clothier Thomas Dolman. This fine Elizabethan building was home to successive Dol... read more
Claydon Gardens - Buckinghamshire
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Beautiful, tranquil, classic English country house gardens and buzzing artisan courtyard. A hidden Buckinghamshire gem with newly renovated tea room, events room ‘The Stables’, and resident fine artist, florist, sculptor, potter, picture framers and galle... read more
Stowe House - Buckinghamshire
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In the 18th century, the powerful Temple-Grenville family chose to create an idyllic landscape filled with temples. Amidst these enchanting gardens, they built the most lavish temple of all, Stowe House, famous during its 18th-century heyday as an importa... read more
Waddesdon Manor Gardens - Buckinghamshire
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Created for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild by the French landscape designer, Elie Laine, this is one of the finest Victorian gardens, famous for its landscape of specimen trees, parterre, displays of seasonal bulbs and bedding plants. The scale, elegance a... read more
Michelham Priory - East Sussex
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Founded as an Augustinian priory in 1229. At the dissolution of the monasteries the church was demolished. Transformed into a Tudor gentleman's residence and later a farmhouse, the building was restored in the early part of the 20th century. Set on a moat... read more
Beaulieu - Hampshire
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Palace House has been home to Lord Montagu's family since 1538 when it was converted from the great gatehouse of the Cistercian abbey founded in 1204, and further enlarged in the 19th century - keeping most of its monastic features, including the graceful... read more
Stratfield Saye - Hampshire
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Given to the first Duke of Wellington by a grateful nation after the Battle of Waterloo in 1817. A classic English country house, the core of which dates from 1630 with Dutch-style gables. Filled with memorabilia of the Great Duke and his adversary, Napol... read more
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A neo-classical brick country house by Samuel Wyatt, faced in pale mathematical tiles with Coade stone dressings. The lig... read more
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Jacobean house incorporating a medieval hall, Tudor staircase and later additional carvings, furniture, porcelain and contrasting decoration, reflect its fascinating history. Set in 12 acres of wonderful gardens and surrounded by tranquil parkland, the h... read more
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Winners of Garden of the Year 2016 by South & South East in Bloom, in the Heritage Parks & Gardens category.

Hever Castle & Gardens is a charming 13th century double-moated Castle containing a comfortable Tudor manor hou... read more
Quex House - Kent
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Fine Regency country house with beautiful gardens set in the heart of an historic estate.

World-class museum with important collections from Africa, Asia and the Far East. Restaurant, gift shop, parking and disabled access.

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Riverhill Himalayan Gardens are a magnificent treasure in the heart of Kent. Located in Sevenoaks in the Weald of Kent, these beautiful gardens are in easy reach of central London, the north & south Kent Coasts, Surrey, Essex, East Sussex & West S... read more
Blenheim Palace - Oxfordshire
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Blenheim Palace is home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. A true masterpiece of 18th Century Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace delivers an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Discover the beauty of... read more
Hook Norton Brewery - Oxfordshire
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Brewing since 1849, Hook Norton Brewery is a proudly independent family owned, fifth generation brewery based in the heart of the Cotswold Hills that takes the very best of its handcrafted brewing heritage and combines it with a thoroughly modern approach... read more
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Beautiful 1660s manor house remodelled in early 1700s in red brick with stone facings. Cantilevered staircase and finely proportioned panelled rooms.

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Painshill Park - Surrey
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Painshill Park is one of the 18th century’s great landscape parks. Here history, art, and landscape design come together spectacularly to offer visitors of all ages an enlightening, breath-taking and tranquil day out.

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Watts Gallery - Artists’ Village is a unique arts heritage site consisting of four listed Arts & Crafts buildings as well as beautifully landscaped woodlands and grounds. Founded by the Victorian artists George Frederic and Mary Watts, the Artists’ Vi... read more
Borde Hill Garden - West Sussex
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This heritage Garden is renowned for its rare shrubs and champion trees, created from specimens accumulated by the great Victorian plant collectors and tended with passion by four generations of the Stephenson Clarke family. Borde Hill combines outstandin... read more
Goodwood House - West Sussex
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Goodwood House, home to the Dukes of Richmond for over 300 years, is open to the public for 60 days a year. The Regency State Apartments house some astonishing treasures including celebrated paintings by horse artist George Stubbs and Canaletto's stunning... read more
High Beeches Gardens - West Sussex
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20th century gardens designed by the Loder family following the principles of William Robinson. With naturalistic woodland planting begun in 1906, the 25-acre gardens are full of acid-loving rare plants, with woodland vistas created by ponds and open clea... read more
West Dean Gardens - West Sussex
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Visit West Dean Gardens and escape to a beautifully rejuvenated historic garden rich in creative and social heritage. Explore a wide range of features on a gentle walk around the extensive grounds, or venture further to the unique arboretum. Features incl... read more
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Hergest Croft Gardens - Herefordshire
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100-year old gardens on the Welsh Marches looking to the Black Mountains. Created by three generations of the Banks family, 50 acres contain 4,000 rare shrubs and trees, including azaleas, birch and maples: woodland garden with outstanding collection of H... read more
Hodnet Hall Gardens - Shropshire
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In the 1920s Brigadier Heber-Percy decided to flood the valley below the house, digging out ornamental pools, and for 40 years planting the pool margins and slopes with azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias helped by the distinguished botanist, EA Bowles. ... read more
Longner Hall - Shropshire
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Designed in 1803 by John Nash, the Tudor gothic-style house is set in a park landscaped by Humphrey Repton. The interiors of the principal rooms are adorned with plaster fan vaulting and stained glass.

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Walcot Hall - Shropshire
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Walcot Hall overlooks the village of Lydbury North in South Shropshire. The house is home to the Parish family, who have lived here for almost half a century, but offers visitors a rare opportunity to experience what it might be like to live on a country ... read more
Coughton Court - Warwickshire
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15th century home of the Throckmortons. Elaborate stone gatehouse (1510-20) with 2-storey oriel window, in which the wives of the conspirators of the Gunpowder Treason Plot waited for the outcome, is now set amongst buildings adapted or extended 1690-1835... read more
Ragley Hall - Warwickshire
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Designed by Robert Hooke in 1680, one of the earliest of England's great Palladian houses, with a massive portico added by Wyatt in 1780. The elaborately plastered Great Hall by James Gibb in 1750 is one of the finest Baroque interiors. Good French and En... read more
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Winterbourne is an Edwardian Arts & Crafts property, restored to its former splendour. One of the best surviving examples of an Edwardian arts and crafts villa garden, there are seven acres to explore and enjoy. Inside the house, exhibition rooms brin... read more
Hagley Hall - Worcestershire
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Noble Palladian house with corner pavilions completed in 1760 to the designs of Sanderson Miller. Italian plasterwork by Vassalli and Rococo decoration with furnishings by Chippendale. Collection includes Grand Tour items, including marble classical busts... read more
Harvington Hall - Worcestershire
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This moated medieval and Elizabethan manor is owned by the Archdiocese of Birmingham. It has secret priests' hiding places and rare wall paintings.

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Bramham Park - Yorkshire
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Important garden survives as created in the style of Le Notre with ornamental canals, cascades and tall beech hedges. Grand vistas extend to temples and an obelisk in woodland. 'Pleasure Grounds' half a mile from the house.

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Burton Agnes Hall - Yorkshire
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In 1601-1610, it was one of the last major houses built by the celebrated Elizabethan architect, Sir Robert Smythson. Symmetrical in red brick with stone dressings, but with later sashes, the interiors similarly combine Elizabethan work with 18th century ... read more
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Large Elizabethan brick-built house with projecting wings, 18th century Stable Block and Orangery. Outstanding interiors filled with fine furniture, paintings and sculpture include Great Hall, Long Gallery, classically inspired Dining Room, Chippendale fu... read more
Castle Howard - Yorkshire
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This virtual palace was the first great work of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh in 1699 for Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle. Arguably the finest Baroque stately home in Britain, with a spectacular Great Hall under the painted and gilded dome 80 feet ... read more
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Delightful terraced woodland garden of lilies, ferns, roses and wild flowers. Stream, bog garden and rockery. Impressive spring display of daffodils, aconites and snowdrops.

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Fairfax House - Yorkshire
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Restored as one of the finest Georgian townhouses in England, with exceptional collections of Georgian furniture, late 17th century and early 18th century clocks, and Noel Terry collection of paintings and porcelain. Joseph Cortese Stucco work. Restored 1... read more
Kiplin Hall - Yorkshire
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A unique gem of Jacobean architecture, with steep gables and towers in the centre of each side of its rectangle topped with octagonal ogival domes. Built of brick and reminiscent of Hatfield, although on a smaller scale. George Calvert, the builder, was S... read more
Norton Conyers - Yorkshire
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A late medieval manor house with Stuart and Georgian additions. Owned by the Graham family since 1624 (except between 1862 and 1882). 367 years of occupation by the same family have given it a notably friendly atmosphere, which many visitors have remark... read more
Ripley Castle - Yorkshire
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Family home of the Ingilbys for 28 generations. Medieval gatehouse, Treasurer Ingilby's tower of 1555 and the main apartments rebuilt in the 1780s. In the tower is the highly evocative Knight's Room with boarded wainscot and priests' hole. Estate village ... read more
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NB this property will offer free access to HHA Friends and Members in 2017.

Uniquely situated on a dramatic cliff-top position, forming the gateway to the Flamborough Heritage Coast, Sewerby Hall and Gardens enjoys spectacular views over Br... read more
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Temple Newsam House & Estate is one of the great country houses of England. Set within over 1500 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th century, it is a magnificent Tudor-Jacobean mansion. Famous as the bir... read more
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Abbotsford - Scotland
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One of the first examples of Scottish romantic baronial revival architecture built by Sir Walter Scott on the proceeds of his famous Waverley novels. Abbotsford is filled Scott’s outstanding personal library of rare and unusual books, together with extrao... read more
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16th century peel tower with its attached added-on mansion house. Gardens laid out by Field Marshal Earl Haig.

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Dumfries House - Scotland
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Commissioned by William Crichton Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries, Dumfries House is Robert Adam's most important early work. With over 600 items of furniture, many of which remain in situ as designed and intended for the house, the Dumfries collection... read more
Dunnottar Castle - Scotland
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Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval fortress located upon a rocky headland on the north-east coast of Scotland, about 3 kilometres south of Stonehaven. The surviving buildings are largely of the 15th and 16th centuries, but the site is believed to have ... read more
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Located in one of Scotland’s finest sporting estates, Gordon Castle is a 15th Century exclusive use venue situated in the heart of Malt Whisky country, alongside the River Spey, in Fochabers, Moray. We offer a range of luxury services for our discerning ... read more
Hirsel, The - Scotland
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500 acre Park with lake and river. Noted for its spectacular rhododendron/azalea wood at its best in late May/early June and daffodils in April, depending on the weather. A haven for ducks and summer migrants. Craft shops and tea room.

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Mount Stuart - Scotland
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One of the marvels of high Victorian gothic architecture. The 3rd Marquess of Bute, a convert to the Roman church and scholarly aesthete, called in the architect Sir Robert Rowand Anderson in 1880 to build a new mansion which in red sandstone combined Ven... read more
Paxton House - Scotland
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Built for Patrick Home, a young Scottish laird, Paxton House is one of the finest 18th century Palladian country houses in Britain, featuring Adam interiors and fine collections of Chippendale and Trotter furniture. Includes the largest picture gallery in... read more
Penicuik House - Scotland
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Ruined Palladian mansion built in 1765 by Sir James Clerk 3rd Bt. of Penicuik and extended in 1857. Destroyed by fire in 1899 and now consolidated as a ruin as one of the finest examples of classical Palladian architecture in Scotland.

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Scone Palace - Scotland
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Built on the site of Scone Abbey and incorporating the medieval bishops' palace and Moot Hill, place of coronation for Scottish Kings, and extended in gothic style from 1803. Superb collection of objets d'art, including items of Marie Antoinette bought by... read more
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An Ancient House with a Victorian Facade. Situated far from any city yet at the heart of Welsh History, Art & Politics. Once a landed estate, now a conference centre, wedding venue, Grade I listed garden and events venue. Famed for centuries for its h... read more
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The gardens at Plas Brondanw are a fine example of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis's talent for creative landscape design. The main features date from the early part of the 20th century before he began Portmeirion, but work continued on and off until the 1960s.... read more
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Sausmarez Manor - Channel Islands
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A family home for almost eight centuries, showing collections of Oriental, French and English furniture and paintings as well as an acclaimed sculpture park in the wild Subtropical garden, ride-on trains and a 9-hole par 3 golf course.

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