Stately Homes

Stately homes are grand structures in the British Isles, mainly in the countryside, magnificent homes which have been updated or converted from great houses, castles, abbeys, or churches. Most of these residences were constructed between the 16th and 20th centuries. Some of these homes are more splendid and lavish than royal residences; however, the term, palace, has been reserved for such dwellings.

History

History
History

Originally, these houses were marks of status for important families in Great Britain, which were often directed by statesmen, who used these homes as their base for business affairs and entertainment. For heads of noble status, stately homes were designated as their political ‘seat’.

Longleat House

Longleat House
Longleat House

Notable for a variety of features, including the hedge maze, safari park with a selection of exotic animals, the landscaped garden, and the Elizabethan style home, Longleat House is currently the seat of the Marquesses of Bath.

Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey
Woburn Abbey

Also known for its on campus safari park, Woburn Abbey was originally a Cistercian abbey, built in 1145, which was claimed by Henry VIII and gifted to John Russell, who was the first Earl of Bedford, when it became the seat of the Duke of Bedford, as it remains today.

Castle Howard

Castle Howard
Castle Howard

Among the most brilliant stately homes in Britain is Castle Howard, which was constructed in the early 18th century for the third Earl of Carlisle, Charles Howard, and it remained an estate of the Howard family for more than 300 years.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace

Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace was built in the early half of the 18th century, and it remains one of the largest homes in England with extensive grounds and beautiful gardens and a magnificent structure, designed on a grand scale.

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