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An abbey is a complex of buildings used by members of a religious order under the governance of an abbot or abbess.
Acceptance in lieu (AiL) is a provision in British tax law under which inheritance tax debts can be written off in exchange for the acquisition of objects of national importance.
Arthur Hamilton Lee, 1st Viscount Lee of Fareham, (8 November 1868 – 21 July 1947) was an English soldier, diplomat, politician, philanthropist and patron of the arts.
Ascott House, sometimes referred to as simply Ascott, is a Grade II* listed building in the hamlet of Ascott near Wing in Buckinghamshire, England.
The Baroque is a highly ornate and often extravagant style of architecture, art and music that flourished in Europe from the early 17th until the late 18th century.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster.
Blackwood's Magazine was a British magazine and miscellany printed between 1817 and 1980.
Blenheim Palace (pronounced) is a monumental English country house situated in the civil parish of Blenheim near Woodstock, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.
British and Irish country house contents auctions are usually held on site at the country house, and have been used to raise funds for their owners, usually before selling the house and estate.
Brympton d'Evercy (also known as Brympton House) is a manor house near Yeovil in the county of Somerset, England.
Burghley House is a grand sixteenth-century country house in the civil parishes of St Martin's Without and Barnack in the Peterborough unitary authority of the English county of Cambridgeshire, but adjoining Stamford in Lincolnshire.
Canons Ashby is a small village and civil parish in the Daventry district of the county of Northamptonshire, England.
A castle (from castellum) is a type of fortified structure built during the Middle Ages by predominantly the nobility or royalty and by military orders.
Castle Howard is a stately home in North Yorkshire, England, north of York.
Channel 4 is a British public-service television broadcaster that began transmission on 2 November 1982.
Charles I (19 November 1600 – 30 January 1649) was monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his execution in 1649.
Charles Richard John Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough, (13 November 1871 – 30 June 1934), styled Earl of Sunderland until 1883 and Marquess of Blandford between 1883 and 1892, was a British soldier and Conservative politician, and a close friend of his first cousin Winston Churchill.
Chatsworth House is a stately home in Derbyshire, England, in the Derbyshire Dales north-east of Bakewell and west of Chesterfield.
A château (plural châteaux; in both cases) is a manor house or residence of the lord of the manor or a country house of nobility or gentry, with or without fortifications, originally—and still most frequently—in French-speaking regions.
Chequers, or Chequers Court, is the country house of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Chevening House, is a large country house in the parish of Chevening in Kent, in south east England.
A civil, or registrar, ceremony is a non-religious legal marriage ceremony performed by a government official or functionary.
Corporate entertainment describes private events held by corporations or businesses for their staff, clients or stakeholders.
A country house poem is a poem in which the author compliments a wealthy patron or a friend through a description of his country house.
Country house theatres are indoor or covered performance stage theatres built within or in the grounds of a country house.
Country Life is a British weekly perfect-bound, glossy magazine, based in London at 110 Southwark Street (until March 2016 when it became based in Farnborough, Hampshire), and owned by Time Inc UK.
A court is an extended royal household in a monarchy, including all those who regularly attend on a monarch, or another central figure.
Dalmeny House is a Gothic revival mansion located in an estate close to Dalmeny on the Firth of Forth, to the north-west of Edinburgh, Scotland.
The destruction of country houses in 20th-century Britain was a phenomenon brought about by a change in social conditions during which a large number of country houses of varying architectural merit were demolished by their owners.
The Dissolution of the Monasteries, sometimes referred to as the Suppression of the Monasteries, was the set of administrative and legal processes between 1536 and 1541 by which Henry VIII disbanded monasteries, priories, convents and friaries in England and Wales and Ireland, appropriated their income, disposed of their assets, and provided for their former personnel and functions.
Dorneywood is an 18th-century house near Burnham in the South Bucks District of Buckinghamshire, England.
A duke (male) or duchess (female) can either be a monarch ruling over a duchy or a member of royalty or nobility, historically of highest rank below the monarch.
The Earldom of Pembroke is a title in the Peerage of England that was first created in the 12th century by King Stephen of England.
Earl of Rosebery is a title in the Peerage of Scotland created in 1703 for Archibald Primrose, 1st Viscount of Rosebery, with remainder to his issue male and female successively.
Ebberston Hall is a Grade II* listed country house in Ebberston, North Yorkshire, England.
In Christian theology, ecclesiology is the study of the Christian Church, the origins of Christianity, its relationship to Jesus, its role in salvation, its polity, its discipline, its destiny, and its leadership.
Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death on 24 March 1603.
Eltham Palace is a large house in Eltham in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, in south-east London, England.
In architecture, an enfilade is a suite of rooms formally aligned with each other.
Many English country houses have experienced a change of use and are no longer privately occupied.
Epsom is a market town in Surrey, England, south-west of London, between Ashtead and Ewell.
Historically, an estate comprises the houses, outbuildings, supporting farmland, and woods that surround the gardens and grounds of a very large property, such as a country house or mansion.
Estate houses in Scotland or Scottish country houses, are large houses usually on landed estates in Scotland.
Felicia Dorothea Hemans (25 September 1793 – 16 May 1835) was an English poet.
Feudalism was a combination of legal and military customs in medieval Europe that flourished between the 9th and 15th centuries.
A filming location is a place where some or all of a film or television series is produced, in addition to or instead of using sets constructed on a movie studio backlot or soundstage.
A fireplace is a structure made of brick, stone or metal designed to contain a fire.
Forde Abbey is a privately owned former Cistercian monastery in Dorset, England, with a postal address in Chard, Somerset.
Fox hunting is an activity involving the tracking, chase and, if caught, the killing of a fox, traditionally a red fox, by trained foxhounds or other scent hounds, and a group of unarmed followers led by a "master of foxhounds" ("master of hounds"), who follow the hounds on foot or on horseback.
The gentry (genterie; Old French gentil: "high-born") are the "well-born, genteel, and well-bred people" of the social class below the nobility of a society.
George IV (George Augustus Frederick; 12 August 1762 – 26 June 1830) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover following the death of his father, King George III, on 29 January 1820, until his own death ten years later.
Georgian architecture is the name given in most English-speaking countries to the set of architectural styles current between 1714 and 1830.
The Great Depression of British Agriculture occurred during the late nineteenth century and is usually dated from 1873 to 1896.
A great house is a large house or mansion with luxurious appointments and great retinues of indoor and outdoor staff.
Grouse are a group of birds from the order Galliformes, in the family Phasianidae.
In architecture, a hall is a relatively large space enclosed by a roof and walls.
Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the borough of Richmond upon Thames, London, England, south west and upstream of central London on the River Thames.
Hans Holbein the Younger (Hans Holbein der Jüngere) (– between 7 October and 29 November 1543) was a German artist and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style, known as one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century.
Hatfield House is a country house set in a large park, the Great Park, on the eastern side of the town of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England.
Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was King of England from 1509 until his death.
Highclere Castle is a country house in the Jacobethan style by the architect Charles Barry, with a park designed by Capability Brown.
The historic counties of England are areas that were established for administration by the Normans, in many cases based on earlier kingdoms and shires created by the Anglo-Saxons and others.
A historic house generally meets several criteria before being listed by an official body as "historic." Generally the building is at least a certain age, depending on the rules for the individual list.
Holkham Hall is an 18th-century country house located adjacent to the village of Holkham, Norfolk, England.
Houghton Hall is a country house in the parish of Houghton in Norfolk, England.
The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840.
Inigo Jones (15 July 1573 – 21 June 1652) was the first significant English architect (of Welsh ancestry) in the early modern period, and the first to employ Vitruvian rules of proportion and symmetry in his buildings.
James VI and I (James Charles Stuart; 19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625) was King of Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the Scottish and English crowns on 24 March 1603 until his death in 1625.
John Adamson (born 1949) is a British publisher, translator and writer.
John Lewley Cornforth CBE (2 September 1937 – 5 May 2004) was an architectural historian with a particular interest in the history of English country houses.
John Dryden (–) was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made England's first Poet Laureate in 1668.
John Gunther (August 30, 1901 – May 29, 1970) was an American journalist and author.
Kedleston Hall is an English country house in Kedleston, Derbyshire, approximately four miles north-west of Derby, and is the seat of the Curzon family whose name originates in Notre-Dame-de-Courson in Normandy.
Landed gentry or gentry is a largely historical British social class consisting in theory of landowners who could live entirely from rental income, or at least had a country estate.
This list of castles in England is not a list of every building and site that has "castle" as part of its name, nor does it list only buildings that conform to a strict definition of a castle as a medieval fortified residence.
This is intended to be as full a list as possible of country houses, castles, palaces, other stately homes, and manor houses in the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands; any architecturally notable building which has served as a residence for a significant family or a notable figure in history.
English Heritage is a registered charity that manages the National Heritage Collection.
The historic buildings of the United Kingdom date from prehistoric times onwards.
This is a list of National Trust properties in England, including any stately home, historic house, castle, abbey, museum or other property in the care of the National Trust in England.
The terms location and place in geography are used to identify a point or an area on the Earth's surface or elsewhere.
Longleat is an English stately home and the seat of the Marquesses of Bath.
The Lord-Lieutenant is the British monarch's personal representative in each county of the United Kingdom.
The term magistrate is used in a variety of systems of governments and laws to refer to a civilian officer who administers the law.
Manderston House, Duns, Berwickshire, Scotland, is the home of The Rt Hon. The 4th Baron Palmer.
A manor house was historically the main residence of the lord of the manor.
Manorialism was an essential element of feudal society.
A mansion is a large dwelling house.
The Keeper or Master of the Rolls and Records of the Chancery of England, known as the Master of the Rolls, is the second-most senior judge in England and Wales after the Lord Chief Justice, and serves as President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal and Head of Civil Justice.
Mentmore Towers, historically known simply as "Mentmore", is a 19th-century English country house built between 1852 and 1854 for the Rothschild family in the village of Mentmore in Buckinghamshire.
Montacute House is a late Elizabethan mansion with garden in Montacute, South Somerset.
Neoclassicism (from Greek νέος nèos, "new" and Latin classicus, "of the highest rank") is the name given to Western movements in the decorative and visual arts, literature, theatre, music, and architecture that draw inspiration from the "classical" art and culture of classical antiquity.
Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 189926 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise".
Norman Hudson OBE (1945 -) is an English publisher, founder of annual guidebook, and advisor to owners of historic houses on management, development of tourism and location filming.
Operette is a musical in two acts composed, written and produced by Noël Coward.
A palace is a grand residence, especially a royal residence, or the home of a head of state or some other high-ranking dignitary, such as a bishop or archbishop.
Palladian architecture is a European style of architecture derived from and inspired by the designs of the Venetian architect Andrea Palladio (1508–1580).
Panelling (or paneling in the U.S.) is a millwork wall covering constructed from rigid or semi-rigid components.
A peerage is a legal system historically comprising hereditary titles in various countries, comprising various noble ranks.
Pheasants are birds of several genera within the subfamily Phasianinae, of the family Phasianidae in the order Galliformes.
A priory is a monastery of men or women under religious vows that is headed by a prior or prioress.
Prodigy house is a term for large and showy English country houses built by courtiers and other wealthy families, either "noble palaces of an awesome scale" or "proud, ambitious heaps" according to taste.
The Representation of the People Act 1832 (known informally as the 1832 Reform Act, Great Reform Act or First Reform Act to distinguish it from subsequent Reform Acts) was an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom (indexed as 2 & 3 Will. IV c. 45) that introduced wide-ranging changes to the electoral system of England and Wales.
Revivalism in architecture is the use of visual styles that consciously echo the style of a previous architectural era.
Robert Adam (3 July 1728 – 3 March 1792) was a Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer.
Robert Henry Harling (London 27 March 1910 – 1 July 2008 Godstone, Surrey) was a British typographer, designer, journalist and novelist who lived to the age of 98.
Of all the landowners in the home counties, particularly the Buckinghamshire area, none has had more impact on the landscape than the Rothschild family.
Rousham House (also known as Rousham Park) is a country house at Rousham in Oxfordshire, England.
The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, is a Grade I listed former royal residence located in Brighton, England.
Schloss (pl. Schlösser), formerly written Schloß, is the German term for a building similar to a château, palace, or manor house; or what in the United Kingdom would be known as a stately home or country house.
Scotland (Alba) is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain.
Sezincote House (pronounced seas in coat) is the centre of a country estate in Gloucestershire, England.
Stoneleigh Abbey is a large country estate situated southwest of Coventry.
The Stuart period of British history lasted from 1603 to 1714 during the dynasty of the House of Stuart.
The Edwardian Country House was a British mini-series in the reality television genre, produced by Channel 4.
A townhouse, or town house as used in North America, Asia, Australia, South Africa and parts of Europe, is a type of terraced housing.
In British usage, the term "townhouse" originally refers to the town or city residence, in practice normally in London, of a member of the nobility or gentry, as opposed to their country seat, generally known as a country house or, colloquially, for the larger ones, stately home.
The Treasure Houses of England is a heritage consortium founded in the early 1970s by nine of the foremost stately homes in England still in private ownership, with the aim of marketing and promoting themselves as tourist venues.
A trust is a three-party fiduciary relationship in which the first party, the trustor or settlor, transfers ("settles") a property (often but not necessarily a sum of money) upon the second party (the trustee) for the benefit of the third party, the beneficiary.
The Tudor period is the period between 1485 and 1603 in England and Wales and includes the Elizabethan period during the reign of Elizabeth I until 1603.
The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A) in London is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects.
Warwickshire (abbreviated Warks) is a landlocked county in the West Midlands of England.
William Kent (c. 1685 – 12 April 1748) was an eminent English architect, landscape architect and furniture designer of the early 18th century.
Wilton House is an English country house at Wilton near Salisbury in Wiltshire.
Woburn Abbey occupying the east of the village of Woburn, Bedfordshire, England, is a country house, the family seat of the Duke of Bedford.
World War I (often abbreviated as WWI or WW1), also known as the First World War, the Great War, or the War to End All Wars, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918.
World War II (often abbreviated to WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier.
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