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6 Country Homes to Visit This Summer

6 Country Homes to Visit This Summer

Slowly but surely, we’re starting to see the first signs of summer and if you’re looking for inspiring activities to fill up your weekends, there’s nothing quite like a day trip to one of the UK’s magnificent country houses. Steeped in history and wonder, they offer a glimpse into some of our most beautiful buildings and gardens – all guaranteed to impress and fascinate.

With a huge number dotted all over the UK, you’re spoilt for choice. To narrow things down, we’ve picked out a few of our favourites below, which we hope you will enjoy too:

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Lyme Park estate, Cheshire

Nestled on the edge of the Peak District, the magnificent Lyme House is surrounded by 1,400 acres of beautiful gardens, moorland and hills; perfect for a day trip away. Lyme Park famously featured in the BBC production of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice.

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Kenwood House, London

One of London’s hidden gems, Kenwood offers breath-taking interiors and an impressive art collection.

blenheim-palace-aerial-june.6df3f4fcImage: Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

The only non-royal country house to hold the title of ‘palace’ this impressive home is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by 2,000 acres of parkland, Blenheim Palace’s spectacular interiors include an exquisite collection of portraits, furniture, tapestries and porcelain. Unbeknown to many, it’s also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

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Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Nestled amongst 1,000 acres of parkland and renowned for its collection of antiques, Chatsworth House has been home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire since 1549.

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Tredegar House, Wales

Part of the National Trust, Tredegar House is one of the most significant late 17th century houses in the UK.

Burghouse_overview_houseImage: Burghley House

Burghley House, Lincolnshire

England’s greatest Elizabethan House, Burghley was built for Sir William Cecil. Attractions include a maze of extravagantly decorated rooms, portraits of the Cecil family, Elizabeth I, Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell as well as 2,000 acres of gardens and a deer park.

 

 

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