Top Four Stately Homes to Visit in the UK
Kedleston Hall, Allestree
Take a trip back in time to this lavish house and historic parkland, which is less than a ten-minute drive from our upcoming development, Kedleston Grange.
This 18th-Century mansion, sitting in the idyllic Derbyshire countryside, has been home to the Curzon family since 1297. Designed by architect Robert Adam, the house was built to mimic the exotic courtyards found in villas in Rome; filled with Corinthian columns, classical statues and marble flooring.
Although city life isn’t far away from the grounds – just five miles away, in fact – you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the middle of nowhere. With wildlife free to roam across the estate, the grounds are surrounded by nothing but trees and eye-catching wildflowers.
While the house may be closed for now*, the parkland and gardens are open and ready to be explored.
Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire
On the estate, you’ll find the tranquil walled garden designed by Samuel Wyatt in 1805 and the formal garden, which sits elegantly behind the mansion. The arboretum, which was once the Lord of Lichfield’s private lawn also plays host to oak trees from around the world including America, Europe and Asia. With furry friends as well as families welcome, the grounds are perfect for a family day out.
Since 1806, farming has remained a key part of life at the estate. Visitors to the grounds can also enjoy a walk around the working farm, ‘Park Farm’, where Longhorn cattle, Southdown sheep, red and white Dorking chickens and Tamworth pigs will all be on show.
Our top tip, take a stroll up to Hadrian’s Arch, a magnificent structure built in the early 1760s!
Westonbirt House, Tetbury, Gloucestershire
A short 10-minute drive from our Highfields neighbourhood in Tetbury, will take you to Westonbirt House – described by Country Live Magazine as “the finest example of Victorian architecture, landscape and gardens in the Cotswolds”.
This well-kept stately home was once owned by cultured Victorian millionaire, Robert Stayner Holford. The Grade I listed house boasts a vast collection of work by famous artists from across the globe, thanks to Holford’s love of fine art and culture.
The Grade II listed gardens, on the other hand, span 210-acres of glorious parkland, formal gardens and terraced lawns. Just a six-minute drive from the house and gardens is also the Westonbirt Arboretum;, where a superb collection of botanicals are on display for all to see in the ‘magical tree garden’.
While the home and gardens are open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout April and October, this historic house has been a boarding school since 1928.
*All information correct at the time of writing. Please check before you travel and book in advance where required.