BEDFORDSHIRE

WOBURN ABBEY

Woburn, Bedfordshire MK17 9WA

Tel: 01525 290666

Seat of the Dukes of Bedford, Woburn originated as a medieval Cistercian monastery. Dissolved in 1543, it was converted to a country house by Sir John Russell in 1619, then rebuilt as a Palladian house by Henry Flitcroft in the 1740s, and further remodelled and extended by Henry Holland in the 1780s.

BERKSHIRE

ASHDOWN HOUSE (NT)

Lambourn, Newbury, Berkshire, RG17 8RE

Tel: 01793 762209

Fine Classical mid-seventeenth century house with symmetrical wings.

BASILDON PARK (NT)

Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire RG8 9NR

Tel: 0118 984 3040

Classical house designed by John Carr of York in 1776-83, with fine plasterwork interiors.

HIGHCLERE CASTLE

Highclere, nr Newbury, Berkshire RG20 9RN

Tel: 01635 253210

Country house remodelled in the early nineteenth century in neo-Elizabethan style by Charles Barry.

MAPLEDURHAM HOUSE

Mapledurham, Reading, Berkshire RG4 7TR.

Tel: 01189 723350

Red-brick, sixteenth-century house (reputed to be the model for Toad Hall in Kenneth Grahame?s story The Wind in the Willows [1908]).

STRATFIELD SAYE HOUSE

Strafield Saye, Reading, Berkshire RG7 2BZ

Tel: 01256 882882

Originally a Jacobean house, built by Sir William Pitt in 1630, Stratfield was acquired by the 1st Duke of Wellington in 1817 with a gift of money from a grateful nation. The Duke added the conservatory in 1838 and the outer wings in 1846.

WINDSOR CASTLE

Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ

Tel: 02077 667304

The official residence of HM the Queen, originally Norman, the castle was remodelled in the early nineteenth century by Sir Jeffry Wyatville.

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

CHICHELY HALL

Chichely, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ

Tel: 01234 391252

A fine early Georgian country house, designed for Sir John Chester in 1719-23 by Francis Smith of Warwick, with decoration b William Kent.

CLAYDON HOUSE (NT)

Middle Claydon, nr Buckingham, Buckinghamshire MK18 2EY

Tel: 01296 730349

Eighteenth-century house with unusual Rococo and chinoiserie decoration. Originally a Jacobean manor house, Claydon was remodelled in the 1760s by the 2nd Lord Verney.

STOWE LANDSCAPE GARDENS (NT)

Buckingham, Buckinghamshire MK18 5EH

Tel: 01494 755568/ 01280 822850

The finest eighteenth-century landscape gardens with Arcadian temples and statues.

WADDESDON MANOR (NT)

Waddesdon, nr Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP18 0JH

Tel: 01296 653203/01296 653211

Built 1874-89 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in the style of a sixteenth century French chateau.

WEST WYCOMBE PARK (NT)

West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP14 3AJ

Tel: 01494 513569

Eighteenth-century house with an important Rococo landscape garden.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

ANGLESEY ABBEY (NT)

Quy Road, Lode, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB25 9EJ

Tel: 01223 810080

This house, modelled from monastic remains, was restored by the 1st Lord Fairhaven in the 1920s.

ELTON HALL

Elton, nr Peterborough PE8 6SH

Tel: 01832 280468

Of fifteenth-century origins, Elton was much re-modelled in the Gothic Revival style during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

MANOR, THE

Hemingford Grey, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 9BN

Tel: 01480 463134

A twelfth-century house believed to be one of the oldest houses to have been continuously inhabited in Britain.

EAST SUSSEX

BODIAM CASTLE (NT)

Bodiam, nr Robertsbridge, East Sussex TN32 5UA

Tel: 01580 830436

Ruins of a fine moated castle, built in 1385, with the exterior mostly intact.

FIRLE PLACE

Firle, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LP

Tel: 01273 858567

Tudor house remodelled in the style of a French chateau.

GLYNDE PLACE

Glynde, Nr Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6SX

Tel: 01273 858224

Sixteenth-century flint and brick house, with seventeenth- and eighteenth-century alterations.

GREAT DIXTER

Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH

Tel: 01797 252878

The fifteenth-century hall house was restored and extended in 1910 by Edwin Lutyens.

ESSEX

AUDLEY END HOUSE (EH)

Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4LG

Tel: 01799 522842/01799 522399

Major early seventeenth-century house, with later alterations (including Robert Adam interiors).

LAYER MARNEY TOWER

Nr Colchester, Essex CO5 9US

Tel: 01206 330784

A fine Tudor gatehouse, dating from 1520, built by Henry the 1st Lord Marney, Lord Privy Seal to Henry VIII.

HAMPSHIRE

BEAULIEU, PALACE HOUSE

Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, SO42 7ZN

Tel: 01590 612345

A thirteenth-century monastic gatehouse, remodelled for Lord Montagu in the nineteenth century by Arthur Blomfield.

MOTTISFONT ABBEY (NT)

Mottisfont, nr Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0LP

Tel: 01794 340757

A twelfth-century priory, Mottisfont Abbey was converted into a house after the Dissolution. During the 1930s, the drawing room was decorated by Rex Whistler, a master of imaginative trompe-l?oeil.

STANSTED PARK

Rowlands Castle, Hampshire PO9 6DX

Tel: 02392 412265

Eighteenth-century house desgined by James Wyatt, and restored by Arthur Blomfield after a fire 1900.

VYNE, THE (NT)

Sherborne St John, Basignstoke, Hampshire RG24 9HL

Tel: 01256 883858

Sixteenth-century house, with mid-seventeenth century Classical portico and eighteenth-century alterations.

HERTFORDSHIRE

HATFIELD HOUSE

Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ

Tel: 01707 287010

An early seventeenth-century Jacobean courtier?s house, Hatfield House was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, with gardens designed by John Tradescent the Elder.

KNEBWORTH HOUSE

Knebworth, Hertforshire SG3 6PY

Tel: 01438 812661

Remnant of a sixteenth-century country house, remodelled as a Romantic Gothic Revival house in the early eighteenth century.

ISLE OF WIGHT

OSBOURNE HOUSE (EH)

York Avenue, east Cowes, isle of Wight PO32 6JY

Tel: 01983 200022

Seaside retreat of Queen Victoria, designed by Prince Albert and Thomas Cubitt.

KENT

CHIDDINSTONE CASTLE

Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AD

Tel: 01892 870347

Tudor hall remodelled by Williams Atkinson in Georgian Gothic style in the early nineteenth century.

COBHAM HALL

Cobham Hall, Cobham, Kent DA12 3BL

Tel: 01474 823371

Sixteenth-century house, remodelled in the seventeenth century and the again by James Wyatt in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with parkland landscaped by Humphry Repton. Cobham Hall is now an independent school for girls.

DANSON HOUSE

Danson Park, Danson Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7AA

Tel: 0208 303 6699

A villa designed in the 1760s by Sir Robert Taylor for the London merchant Sir John Boyd, with additions by Sir William Chambers.

DOWN HOUSE

Downe, Kent BR6 7JT

Tel: 01689 859119

The early nineteenth-century country home of Charles Darwin.

HEVER CASTLE

Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG

Tel: 01732 865224

Fifteenth-century moated manor house, resotored in the early twentieth century for the 1st Lord Astor.

IGHTHAM MOTE (NT)

Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0NT

Tel: 01732 810378

Moated manor house dating from 1330, with later alterations.

LEEDS CASTLE

Leeds, Nr Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL

Tel: 01622 765400

Thirteenth- and fourteenth-century moated castle, with interiors remodelled by Lady Baillie in the 1920s.

KNOLE (NT)

Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 0RP

Tel: 01732 462100

Mid-sixteenth-century house remodelled in the early seventeenth century.

LULLINGSTONE CASTLE

Lillingstone Park, Eynsford, Dartford, Kent DA4 0JA

Tel: 07810 355199

Fifteenth-century brick gatehouse, remodelled in the early eighteenth century.

PENSHURST PLACE

Penshurst, Nr Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG

Tel: 01892 870307

SISSINGHURST CASTLE GARDEN (NT)

Sissinghurst, nr Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2AB

Tel: 01580 710700

Remnants of an Elizabethan house that became the setting for the gardens created by Vita Sackville-West.

SQUERRYES COURT

Westerham, Kent TH16 1SJ

Tel: 01959 562345 or 563118

Late seventeenth-century red-brick manor house built by Sir Nicholas Crisp on the site of a twelfth-century manor belonging to the de Squerie family.

LONDON

QUEEN?S HOUSE

Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

Tel: 0208 858 4422

Early seventeenth-century house designed by Inigo Jones, completed in the 1630s.

MIDDLESEX

OSTERLEY PARK (NT)

Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 4RB

Tel: 020 8232 5050

Sixteenth-century house, transformed by Robert Adam in the 1760s, with magnificent interiors.

NORFOLK

BLICKLING HALL (NT)

Blickling, Norwich, Norfolk NR11 6NF

Tel: 01263 738030

Early seventeenth-century manor house, with important seventeenth- and eighteenth- century interiors.

EUSTON HALL

Euston, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2QP

Tel: 01842 766366

Seat of the Dukes of Grafton, with the surviving range of the late seventeenth-century house. The landscaped park was designed by William Kent.

FELBRIGG HALL (NT)

Felbrigg, Norwich, Norfolk NR11 8PR

Tel: 01263 837444

Country house of early and late seventeenth-century buildings periods, with important Grand Tour collections.

HOLKHAM HALL

Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AB

Tel: 01328 710227

Eighteenth-century Palladian-style mansion, built to designs by William Kent, Matthew Brettingham and the 1st Earl of Leicester.

HOUGHTON HALL

Houghton, King?s Lynn, Norfolk PE31 6UE

Tel: 01485 528569

Built in the 1720s and 1730s for Sir Robert Walpole to designs by James Gibbs.

OXBURGH HALL (NT)

Oxborough, King?s Lynn, Norfolk PE33 9PS

Tel: 01366 328258

Moated manor house built in 1482, its interiors remodelled in the nineteenth century.

SANDRINGHAM HOUSE

Sandringhma, Norfolk PE35 6EN

Tel: 01553 772675

Neo-Jacobean house built in 1870 for the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII). Country home of H. M. The Queen.

OXFORDSHIRE

BLENHEIM PALACE

Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PX

Tel: 08700 602080

English baroque palace designed by John Vanbrugh for the 1st Duke of Marlborough.

BROUGHTON CASTLE

Broughton, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX15 5EB

Tel: 01295 722547

Originally moated manor house of c. 1300, rebuilt in the mid-sixteenth century.

DITCHLEY PARK

Enstone, Oxfordshire OX7 4ER

Tel: 01608 677346

Eighteenth-century house designed by James Gibbs, with interiors by William Kent and Henry Flitcroft.

KELMSCOTT MANOR

Kelmscott, Lechlade, Oxfordshire GL7 3HJ

Tel: 01367 252486

Sixteenth-century manor house, leased by William Morris as his summer house in the late nineteenth century.

KINGSTON BAGPUIZE HOUSE

Kingston Bagpuize, nr Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX12 5AX

Tel: 01865 820259

Late seventeenth-century red-brick house, with handsome panelled interiors.

STONOR

Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 6HF

Tel: 01491 638587

A Tudor manor house, set within a deer park and built around a twelfth-century dwelling. Stonor was subsequently remodelled in the sixteenth century, with the addition of sash windows in the eighteenth century.

SUFFOLK

HENGRAVE HALL

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6LZ

Tel: 01284 701561

Early sixteenth-century manor house, built around a courtyard (originally moated).

ICKWORTH HOUSE (NT)

The Rotunda, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 5QE

Tel: 01284 735270

Late eighteenth-century house with a huge rotunda, completed in the 1820s.

KENTWELL HALL

Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9BA

Tel: 01787 310207

Moated Tudor manor house, with some interiors altered in the 1820s in the Gothic style of Thomas Hopper.

MELFORD HALL (NT)

Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9AA

Tel: 01787 379228

A little-altered Tudor mansion house with turrets.

SOMERLEYTON HALL

Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 5QQ

Tel: 01502 734901

Great Victorian country house designed in neo-Jacobean style by John Thomas.

SURREY

CLANDON PARK (NT)

West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RQ

Tel: 01483 222482

Palladian country house designed in the 1730s by the Venetian architect Giacomo Leoni for the 2nd Lord Onslow, with a two-storeyed Marble Hall and chimneypieces by the sculptor John Rysbrack.

HAM HOUSE (NT)

Ham Street, Ham, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey TW10 7RS

Tel: 020 8940 1950

A seventeenth-century grand house on the banks of the Thames, built in 1610 and extended during the 1670s by the extravagant Duchess of Lauderdale.

HAMPTON COURT PALACE (HRP)

East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Tel: 08707 527777

Henry VIII?s magnificent early sixteenth-century riverside palace.

HATCHLANDS PARK (NT)

East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RT

Tel: 01483 222482

Mid-eighteenth-century house, with fine Robert Adam interiors and wooded park landscape by Humpry Repton, home to the historic Cobbe Collection of Old Master paintings, portraits and keyboard instruments.

LOSELEY PARK

Guildford, Surrey Gu23 1HS

Tel: 01483 405120

A house built in 1562-68 from the stone of a demolished abbey.

PAINSHILL PARK

Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE

Tel: 01932 868113

Important eighteenth-century landscaped park designed by the Hon. Charles Hamilton.

SUSSEX

PETWORTH HOUSE (NT)

Petworth, Sussex GU28 0AE

Tel: 01798 342207

Magnificent late seventeenth-century house, with carvings by Grinling Gibbons.

STANDEN (NT)

West Hoathly Road, East Grinstead, Sussex RH19 4NE

Tel: 01342 323029

House designed in the 1890s by Phillip Webb and furnished by Morris and Co.

UPPARK (NT)

South Harting, Petersfield, Sussex GU31 5QR

Tel: 01730 825415

Imposing late seventeenth-century house on the South Downs, recently restored after a major fire.

WEST SUSSEX

ARUNDEL CASTLE

Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB

Tel: 01903 882173

Seat of the Dukes of Norfolk since 1580, the ancient castle, dating from the 1070s, was restored in an early English style by the architect C. A. Buckler in the late nineteenth century.

GOODWOOD HOUSE

Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0PX

Tel: 01234 755040

Seat of the Dukes of Richmond substantially rebuilt in the late eighteenth century by James Wyatt.

PARHAM HOUSE

Parham Park, Storrington, nr Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 4HS

Tel: 01903 742021

Elizabethan manor house restored in the 1920s by the Pearson family.