The UK is home to hundreds of country houses. Whether home to ghosts, famous costume dramas or royal family members, lots of these homes have histories that are just as rich as the people lucky enough to live in them. Here is our pick of a few famous houses in the UK and why they are worth a visit.
Once thought of as ‘the most haunted house in Britain’, Borley Rectory was built in 1863 for the Reverend Henry Bull. Unfortunately for the Reverend and his family, the house was built on the site of an ancient
Constant reports of hauntings from the nun were common, right until 1939 when the house burnt to the ground. It’s said that eleven months earlier, a ghostly communication from beyond the grave claimed that this was going to happen.
Even though nobody lives in the house today, sightings of the nun are still reported to this day.
This famous house has the distinction of being the only palace in Britain that isn’t owned by the royal family. Blenheim Palace was constructed between 1705 and
Today, the palace still remains home to the Duke of Marlborough, and the park and gardens are open to the public for an entrance fee. What’s more Blenheim Palace is under 6 miles away from our Oxford
Saltford Manor is thought to be the oldest continuously occupied
Audley end was granted to Sir Thomas Audley in 1538 by King Henry VIII. Its royal history continued after King Charles II bought the estate in 1668 and used it as his home when he attended the races at Newmarket. The house is known in modern times for its involvement in World War 2, where it was used as a holding camp by the Special Operations Executive.
In recent times, the house and gardens have been restored to how they would have looked in Victorian times.
Other country houses that get a small mention due to their part in popular culture are:
Highclere Castle– Home of the massively successful ITV series Downton Abbey.
Harewood House– Scenes from the ITV soap Emmerdale are regularly filmed here.
Chatsworth House – Home of Mr Darcy in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and former home to Kathleen Kennedy, sister of John F Kennedy.
Alnwick Castle –This castle was a filming location for the Harry Potter movies.
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