Stunning Country Estates

The UK is famous across the world for its historic houses and grand country estates. And with many now open to the public, it's easier than ever to enjoy a taste of the grandeur and history of the past. Here are a few of our favourite country estates:

Blenheim Palace - flckr - DavidHBoltonBlenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
The 18th Century Blenheim Palace, situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire is one of England's largest country houses.

This beautiful property was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and visitors today can explore the state rooms which house a large collection of portraits, furniture, tapestries and porcelain.

Blenheim Palace sits within 2,100 acres of parkland, landscaped by the famous English landscape architect Lancelot 'Capability' Brown. Here you'll find award-winning gardens, lakeside walks and magnificent water terraces.

There's also plenty to entertain younger visitors including a maze, play area and butterfly house.

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Sandringham House, Norfolk - flckr - Charlie DaveRoyal Sandringham, King's Lynn
Built in 1870 by the Prince and Princess of Wales, Sandringham has been the private home to four generations of monarchs and today is the country retreat of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Thousands of visitors come to Sandringham each year to enjoy the beautiful house and stunning gardens.

Visitors can explore the house, view collections of royal vehicles, photos and memorabilia in the museum or enjoy the fresh air within the 24-hectare gardens where you can enjoy woodland paths, lakeside walks, rockeries and an extensive range of plants, trees and shrubs. 

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Audley End House - flckr - aleceaAudley End House, Saffron Weldon, Essex
This 17th Century country house gives visitors the opportunity to see exquisite examples of Jacobean architecture within one of England's most magnificent stately homes.

The recent restoration of the Victorian service wing gives an insight into what life was like for the servants working at the house in the Victorian era and visitors can explore the kitchen and scullery, laundry, dairy and larders.

Outside the house, you'll find beautiful gardens and parkland designed by the renowned landscape architect Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.

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Castle Howard - flckr - Paul StevensonCastle Howard, York, North Yorkshire
Castle Howard is one of England's most impressive baroque mansions. It took over 100 years to build and is still home to the Howard family today.

You may recognise Castle Howard from film and TV as it was the location for the television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel Brideshead Revisited in 1978 and for the film adaptation in 2007. With its grandeur, stunning architecture and expansive views, Castle Howard is the perfect choice for recreating the fictional Brideshead.

The beauty of the house is matched in the stunning grounds where visitors can admire fountains, walled gardens, lakes, sculptures and a dramatic collection of lead statues.

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Chatsworth House 2 - flckr - Parksy1964Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire
Chatsworth House, situated in Derbyshire is often named as the UK's favourite country house and it's easy to see why.

Inside the house, visitors can enjoy the grand interior design and art collections. Outside there's a 105-acre garden filled with rare trees, shrubs, streams, ponds and the much photographed 300-year-old water cascade.

There's plenty for children to enjoy too with a farmyard and adventure playground to explore. And when you've worked up an appetite you'll find a good choice of places to eat.

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