Archive of: Houses

  • Littlecote House, Wiltshire: The Romans meet the Tudors

    Littlecote House, Wiltshire: The Romans meet the Tudors

    For a rare treat visit Littlecote House on the Wiltshire-Berkshire border where you can visit the Tudor house, stroll down to the site of a Roman villa and even wonder what the estate must have been like when it was the home to a regiment of American paratroopers!

  • Barrington Court: A private restoration project

    Barrington Court: A private restoration project

    Originally built in 1514 as a sign of power, Barrington Court, set in the heart of the Somerset countryside, fell into disrepair but it was saved from oblivion by Arthur Lyle, the famous sugar baron, who restored it to its former glory.

  • Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire: An Elizabethan Masterpiece

    Started in 1555, under the instruction of Elizabethan courtier Sir William Cecil, later Lord Burghley, it took 32 years to complete Burghley House, which sits amid a rolling deer park just minutes away from the busy A1 London to York road.

  • Harewood House, Yorkshire: A home fit for a princess

    Harewood House, Yorkshire: A home fit for a princess

    Harewood House is one of the grandest houses in the country. Built with money from the lucrative sugar trade it eventually become a Royal residence when Princess Mary married Henry Lascelles, 6th Earl of Harewood.

  • Historic Houses Association: Welcome to the Historic Houses

    Historic Houses Association: Welcome to the Historic Houses

    Welcome to the Historic Houses, a body that advises owners of stately homes how to administer their houses and estates, which are open to the public when you join the comprehensive HAA membership scheme.

  • Restoration Project: Chatsworth Comes Clean

    Restoration Project: Chatsworth Comes Clean

    Carbon from the fires of Manchester and Chesterfield covered Derbyshire’s famous Chatsworth house in black grime. But after a year’s work specialist stone restorers and masons have cleaned all the muck away and the house now looks very much like it would have done when it was remodelled over 200 years ago.

  • Celebration in Stone: Castle Howard Built 1700

    Celebration in Stone: Castle Howard Built 1700

    Yorkshire’s Castle Howard is so large and richly decorated the human eye can’t take it all in at first glance So stop and take a moment to feast on one of the grandest private homes in the country.

  • Lyveden New Bield: Built 1595

    Lyveden New Bield: Built 1595

    The National Trust acquired Lyveden New Bield, sitting amid the rolling Northamptonshire countryside, in 1922. Today you can marvel at the Elizabethan design, dimensions and the stunning stonework. What would it have looked like if it were finished?

  • Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire Built 1150

    Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire Built 1150

    Nestling beside Derbyshire’s River Wye, not a stones-throw from Bakewell, you wander across a perfect example of Tudor architecture and artisan’s craft, but why did the owners desert it for 200 years?