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Britain's Best Statelys

The country's best historic houses include Althorp, Burghley, Rockingham Castle, Canons Ashby, Holdenby House, Boughton House, 78 Derngate, Kirby Hall, Lamport Hall, Sulgrave Manor & more.

  • The Spencer family and Althorp are synonymous. John Spencer, whose fortune came from sheep farming on a prodigious scale, built the house in 1508. In that century, the ancestors of George Washington were the nannies to the...
  • Baron and Baroness Pfetten welcome you to explore the last surviving Jacobean Royal Residence. Gardens and State Rooms are routinely opened to the public for summer guided tours managed by English Heritage.  Apethorpe holds...
  • Boughton House, famous for its internationally renowned art collection, has been home to the Buccleuch family’s ancestors since 1528. The Tudor Manor House, built by Sir Edward Montague, was transformed around 1700 by...
  • Burghley, home of the famous horse trials, is one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age.  Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and...
  • Canons Ashby was rescued by the National Trust and is one of the county’s most visited attractions. Built by the Drydens using the remains of a medieval priory, the house and gardens have survived largely unaltered since...
  • The Chester House Estate, located in Irchester near Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, is a historically significant site that will be free to enter for everyone. The site is a £14.5m project financed by the National Heritage...
  • The Hall remains the much loved family home of the Macdonald-Buchanan family. The house was built between 1702 and 1712 for the Langham family; Francis Smith of Warwick was the architect. The house also underwent development...
  • Comfortably surveying its valley, Cranford Hall dates from the second quarter of the 18th century. It was built by the Robinson family who acquired the estate about 1715. It was they who not only built the house but later added...
  • Deene Park is very much a home, open for house and garden visits during public Open Days. The personal touches, mementos and family collections make this one of the most comfortable and charming Country Houses to visit. ...
  • In the early middle ages, Northampton with its Castle was a centre of royal government and as such attracted significant buildings, one of these was Delapré Abbey, founded by Simon de Senlis around 1125. One of only two...
  • Drayton is one of the greatest but perhaps least well known of Northamptonshire’s country houses, as it lies hidden in its park and not visible from any public road.  The history of the house goes back to c.1300 and...
  • Once Elizabethan England’s largest and most glittering house, Holdenby subsequently became the Palace and then the prison of King Charles I. Today the house incorporates a wing of the old Palace and is surrounded by stunning...
  • Kelmarsh Hall is an elegant Palladian house built in 1732 to a James Gibbs design and set in beautiful gardens with views over the surrounding parkland. The former home of society decorator Nancy Lancaster, the “doyenne...
  • Kirby Hall is one of England’s greatest Elizabethan and 17th-century houses, once owned by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I. Although this vast mansion is partly roofless, the walls show the...
  • A Tudor founder, blind book collector, wayward 17th century grand tourist, eccentric Victorian, Hollywood actor, commanding wives and dedicated daughters. As the home for the Isham family for over four centuries the history of...
  • Tucked away in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside lies a mysterious house and garden, a remarkable example of Renaissance design and craftsmanship.  Begun by Sir Thomas Tresham in 1595 but never completed, Lyveden...
  • William the Conqueror ordered a motte and bailey Castle to be built at Rockingham around 1070. The Castle has welcomed many Kings and Queens including Richard the Lionheart, King John and Edward I. Their lasting influence can...
  • No other building exists like this one in the whole of the world.  This strange triangular folly was designed by Sir Thomas Tresham, father of one of the Gunpowder Plotters.   It was constructed between 1593 and 1597...
  • Though spanning eight centuries of history, styles and stories as far back as the Middle Ages, Southwick is today known for its Victorian and Edwardian heritage. Increasingly focused on the arts and education, the house...
  • Built in the time of William and Mary, the Hall is surrounded by ancient parkland rich in natural history and beauty and a further 900 acres. Avenues of established, majestic trees radiate in all directions from the Hall, most...
  • The building comes as a wonderful surprise. Leaving the public road which runs from Stoke Bruerne north east, following the sign posts, you wend your way down a long drive which eventually comes to an end at the tree covered...
  • Sulgrave Manor, the Ancestral Home of George Washington, stands for a legacy of friendship between the United States and the United Kingdom. The Tudor manor contains the largest collection of George Washington memorabilia in...
  • 78 Derngate is the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh still containing its original interiors. It is now a multi award-winning visitor attraction offering an unforgettable day out in Northampton. Designed...
  • The Manor House, Ashby St Ledgers, is one of the most intriguing and historic houses in England. From 1375 to 1611 it was the home of the Catesby family. In 1605 Robert Catesby and his fellow conspirators, including Guy Fawkes...
  • The manor is one of the hidden gems of Northamptonshire. Over eight hundred years old and with a huge history dating back to the Viking period, it offers a fascinating insight into Medieval England. Built on the site of one of...
  • Located in the village of Thenford in Northamptonshire, is the 70 acre estate belonging to Baron Heseltine of Thenford (Michael Heseltine). Set in the shape of a horseshoe, surrounding an elegant 1760's Georgian house, the park...

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