The Great Hall is the heart of Athelhampton House (@athelhampton) in #Dorchester , #Dorset . Built in 1485, it would have served as the entire accommodation.
The Great Hall was then greatly added to throughout the centuries as the house became domesticated.
With its linenfold paneling heraldic stained glass, large fireplace and historic furnishings, the Great Hall is a fine example of #Tudor architecture.
From the Great Hall you can enter the various rooms that make Athelhampton House. The Great Chamber and Library in the East Wing, through the The Kings Room, past the Wine Cellar and then upstairs to the Library.
Then upward into the second floor to the Gallery, showing examples of the work of the artist Marevna, a Russian artist who painted in the cubist style and lived at Athelhampton from 1948 – 1957.
The West Wing houses a fine dining room, The Yellow Bedroom & State Bedroom, The Dressing Room and a Bathroom with a copper bath.
The glorious award winning Grade 1 listed garden, dating from 1891, is full of vistas and gains. The walled gardens include the world famous topiary yew pyramids, Ham Stone courts, and 15th-century Dovecote. The Kitchen Garden began it's restoration in 2014 and is being restored to it’s former glory, starting with fruit trees, herb borders and vines and continuing evolve over the next few years.
Athelhampton is a Historic Houses/Christie's Garden of the Year Award winner.
Longleat House is set within 900 acres of ‘Capability' Brown landscaped gardens and is widely regarded as one of the best examples of Elizabethan architecture in Britain and one of the most beautiful stately homes open to the public.
This former 16th-century Augustinian priory contains many treasures and heirlooms acquired by generations of the Thynn(e) family, some of whom were great collectors of their day. The collection comprises early books and manuscripts, magnificent paintings, exquisite Flemish tapestries, and fine French furniture all housed within 19th-century opulent interiors created by John Dibblee Crace.
Lord Bath’s ‘famous & fabulous’ Murals:
The murals form an extensive sequence of Lord Bath’s personal work which he describes as ‘glimpses of his psyche’. Their subject matter varies between cocoons, therapies and fantasies and they amount to the expression of one man’s individualism within a building which itself is a work of art. A small additional charge applies.
#Longleat House garden is free to visit for members of Historic Houses.
Godinton House (@godintonhouse) in #Ashford , #Kent , is a comfortable, much-loved home; each room has a different feel, a contrast on a theme, not designed by #architect or curator but for the taste and enjoyment of those who lived here over the centuries and now for visitors.
Tours of the house are led by expert guides unravelling the 600 years of history and revealing an excellent country house collection of furniture, art, porcelain and curios.
The famous yew hedge surrounds the formal gardens with the wild, Italian and walled gardens beyond, full of colour and interest through the seasons.
Events, courses and workshops are run throughout the year to be enjoyed by all. Godinton is an excellent teaching resource tailored to suit individual needs.
Godinton House is a working estate with lovely walks, close to the picturesque village of Great Chart.
#Godinton House & Gardens is free to visit for members of Historic Houses.
Today it is still the family's home and Robert and Amanda Parker invite visitors to enjoy its magnificent architecture, fabulous interiors, antique furnishings and lovely gardens.
Visitors will not only view the remarkable #antiquarian collection, but gain the genuine atmosphere of an historic family home. Superb oak chests, Gillow #furniture , portraits, #porcelain , civil war arms and many unique relics including mementoes of Bonnie Prince Charlie and even a fragment of a Zeppelin reflect the continuous occupation by the Parkers for over 500 years.
#Browsholme Hall is free to visit for members of Historic Houses.
The Hall and the old oak trees that stand today have seen much of the history of England pass before them, and many generations of this family.
Helmingham Hall was completed in 1510, surrounded by its deep moat, serene gardens and ancient 400 acre deer park which is the home to herds of both red and fallow deer.
The gardens today have been extensively redesigned by the current Lady #Tollemache , a #Chelsea Gold Medallist, and are open to visitors who find themselves enchanted by the herbaceous borders, walled kitchen garden, herb, knot, #rose and #wild gardens.
A delicious range of local food is served in the Coach House Tearooms and the Stable Shops offer a wide range of local produce, plants and garden accessories and local crafts. Many fantastic family events are held throughout the season.
#Helmingham Hall garden is free to visit for members of Historic Houses.
Walks on the beach, discoveries in the gardens, dazzling interiors, unique architectural details, seasonal events and exhibitions make Mount Stuart a place that captures the imagination! Situated on the Isle of Bute, just 90 minutes from #Glasgow .
The original house was built in 1719 by the 2nd Earl of Bute but had to be rebuilt after a fire in 1877 by the 3rd Marquess of Bute. The main part of the house is a striking example of 19th-century #GothicRevival architecture, built in a reddish-brown stone and takes inspiration from history, astrology, art and mythology.
#Mount Stuart is free to visit for members of Historic Houses.
From noted antiquarian William Hanbury to banker and horse-racing enthusiasts Richard Naylor, each resident’s stories can be found within the hall; but none more so than Nancy Lancaster, ‘doyenne of the Country House style’ or the servants working and living ‘below stairs’ and in the laundry.
Kelmarsh evokes the warmth of a #home , within the stories of past residents and for visitors today.
The Hall is surrounded by its working estate, grazing parklands and Grace II listed gardens. Kelmarsh boasts a distinctive Walled Garden, Sunken Garden, topiary and rose gardens, woodlands, lake and herbaceous borders - all designed principally by Nancy Lancaster, with Norah Lindsay and #landscape#architect Geoffrey Jellicoe.
The informal, feminine designs laid out by Nancy are welcoming throughout the year, and are celebrated for their dizzying array of dahlias in late summer.
#Kelmarsh Hall is free to visit for members of Historic Houses and was the 2018 winner of the Frances Garnham Award, celebrating estates that have demonstrated a particularly innovative and successful approach to education work.
In 1831, the #architect Anthony Salvin was commissioned by Gregory Gregory to build his new Manor house, with work commencing in 1832. But, by 1838, building work at Harlaxton was in the hands of the architect William Burn to whom the service wings and courtyards, with their distinctive #Tudor arches, may be attributable.
Both architects were, however, subject to the overarching vision of their client. John Claudius Loudon, on visiting Harlaxton in 1840, concluded that Gregory had entered “so completely into both the design and the practical details of execution he may be said to have embodied himself in the edifice”. This is remarkable in itself, but what makes Harlaxton unique was his brilliant idea “that Elizabethan and Jacobean could be fused with #Baroque ”. This idea is what elevates Harlaxton from the remarkable to the sensational.
With curling #Tudor chimneys, Nether Winchendon House is crenellated and partially encased in stucco and from its Medieval origins, this extraordinary house has evolved into the fabulous and exciting mixture of styles it is today.
Yarnton Manor (@yarntonmanor) is a 17th Century Manor House, built in 1611 by the wealthy Spencer family.
Its long and fascinating history has left an indelible mark on the fabric of the building. The estate has changed hands several times over the centuries, with each successive custodian contributing to its story.
Now Grade II* listed in recognition of its special historic interest, much of what survives is original, or restored sympathetically at the close of the 19th Century.
The Manor has been entertaining and inspiring visitors for centuries and it’s easy to see why: surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens and agricultural land, Yarnton Manor’s setting could hardly be more picturesque.
During the English Civil War, the Manor was used as a Royalist military hospital; 40 or so soldiers were buried in the adjoining churchyard between 1643 and 1645.
Few buildings evoke such an immediate feeling of history as Tiverton Castle in #Devon .
Originally built as motte & bailey castle in 1106, later rebuilt & altered down the ages. Tiverton was once the home of the medieval Earls of Devon & #Princess Katherine Plantagenet. The Castle was captured by #Fairfax in 1645 due to a lucky shot hitting the drawbridge chain.
Today Tiverton is a peaceful private house, with a fine collection of Civil War arms & armour, some of which can even be tried on. See the #medieval loos, once cleaned out by children, interesting furniture and pictures and a beautiful garden.
Tiverton is open to the public from Easter Sunday to the end of October as well as for private tours. They also offer comfortable holiday accommodation comprising apartments and cottages.
#Tiverton Castle is free to visit for members of Historic Houses.
Stansted Park (@stanstedpark) in #RowlandsCastle , #Hampshire , is home to stunning weddings, forest walks, afternoon teas and some of the best events in the south! Visit the Mansion with its State rooms and fully furnished Servants' Quarters for a real sense of a bygone era.
The Grounds and Walled #Gardens are open all year, this includes the Arboretum, The #Pavilion Tearoom, The Stansted Park Garden Centre, The Stansted Park Farm Shop, The Maze & Railway and the Play area.
Stansted Forest provides many routes for walkers and cyclists and is enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. The estate is carefully managed to conserve #wildlife habitats which means Stansted is home to a variety of unusual birds, plants and insects.
#Stansted Park is free to visit for members of Historic Houses.