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Anglesey Abbey

Cambridge, Cambrideshire

The Augustinian priory was converted into a house by the Fowkes family in the early seventeenth century. It was altered by Lord Fairhaven in 1926 who also recreated the gardens.

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Audley End

Saffron Walden, Essex

On the site of a Benedictine monastery that was given by Henry VIII to Sir Thomas Audley in 1538, after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Audley’s grandson, Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk demolished the building….

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Belton House

Grantham, Lincolnshire

In 1603, Henry Pakenham sold Belton Manor to Richard Brownlow. Brownlow’s son was created a baronet by Charles I in 1641 and created the formal gardens including the Great Pond.

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Flowers in the Walled Garden at Beningbrough, Yorkshire


York, Yorkshire

After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Beningbrough was sold to John Banister who gave it to his nephew Ralph Bourchier in 1556. John Bourchier built the current house in 1716; the build was overseen by William Thornton although the architect is not known.

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Brodsworth Hall seen from the Laburnum Tunnel

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Doncaster, Yorkshire

Brodsworth Hall was bought at the end of the eighteenth century by Peter Thellusson and after a long legal battle was inherited by his grandson Charles Sabine Thelluson.

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Fountains in the lake in the Japanese Garden at Cliveden in Buckinghamshire


Taplow, Buckinghamshire

Charles Barry designed the present house in 1852 for the 2nd Duke of Sutherland. In 1893, Cliveden was bought by William Waldorf Aster who gave the estate as a wedding present to his son Waldorf on his marriage to Nancy Langhorn.

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Rill in the gardens at Coton Manor, Northamptonshire

Coton Manor

Northampton, Northamptonshire

The house was erased to the ground during the Civil War and rebuilt in 1662 from stone taken from the nearby Holdenby Palace. In 1919, Murdo Munro bought Coton Grange Farm from the Boughton-Leigh family….

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Worcester, Worcestershire

The 6th Earl of Coventry inherited Croome in 1751 and immediately appointed Lancelot Brown with advice from Sanderson Miller to design a house incorporating parts of the surviving seventeenth century building as well as creating a park ‘out of a morass’.

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Deene Park

Corby, Northamptonshire

Robert Brudenell was buried at Deene Park in 1514, and his son continued to enlarge the estate; Queen Elizabeth was entertained here in 1566. In 1606, the house was inherited by Thomas Brudenell who was created Earl of Cardigan in 1660….

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Trees and sky reflected in the Lake at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Dunham Massey

Altrincham, Cheshire

Little remains of the original house and garden which was begun in the early seventeenth century by Sir George Booth and finished after the end of the Civil War.

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Four flower beds with central pot infront of Forde Abbey in Somerset

Forde Abbey

Chard, Somerset

Forde Abbey was founded as a monastery in the twelfth century and after the Dissolution of the Monasteries was leased by the Crown to Richard Pollard. It was not lived in until it was bought in 1649 by Edmund Prideaux who later became Oliver Cromwell’s Attorney General.

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Fyne Court

Bridgewater, Somerset

Fyne Court is inextricably linked with its nineteenth century owner, Andrew Crosse. A great British eccentric, Crosse dedicated his life to Physics and used the rooms of his house as laboratories and the trees surrounding his property as part of his experiments.

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Overlooking the Maze at Glendurgan gardens in Cornwall


Falmouth, Cornwall

The Quaker Fox family bought several gardens near the town of Falmouth in the nineteenth century. Alfred Fox bought Glendurgan in 1820s and established walks down the valley to the hamlet of Durgan and built the ponds and planted the cherry and pear orchards.

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Great Chalfield Manor

Great Chalford, Wiltshire

A Fifteenth Century Manor House with Attractive Arts and Crafts Garden Summary close Great Chalfield Manor Summary Described by Pevsner as ‘one of the most

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Formal Gardens surrounding the prodigy house, Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire built by Bess of Hardwick

Hardwick Hall

Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Bess of Hardwick was one of the richest women in England, and she built the ‘new’ Hardwick Hall as a statement of her wealth and power. On her death in 1608, the estate remained in the family until it was transferred to the National Trust in 1959.

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Salisbury, Wiltshire

Eight acres of attractive gardens beside the River Avon Summary close Heale House Summary Probably built in seventeenth century, the house was enlarged by Detmar Blow

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Fountain in the Italian Gardens at Hever, home to Anne Boleyn

Hever Castle & Gardens

Edenbridge, Kent

In the thirteenth century, Hever was owned by the de Hever family who sold it in 1462 to Sir Geoffrey Boleyn, great-grandfather of Anne Boleyn. William Waldorf Astor bought the estate in 1903, restored the moated Castle and laid out the gardens….

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Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

The Hervey family bought land at Ickworth in 1467 and built a manor house. In 1706, John Hervey created a walled garden and summerhouse and built a canal.

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The Orangery at Kew Gardens in London


Kew, London

Kew Gardens is one of the leading botanic gardens in the world fulfilling its mission statement ‘to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide, enhancing the quality of life’.

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Circular rose bed with Kingston Lacy house in distance

Kingston Lacy

Wimborne Minster, Dorset

After the destruction of Corfe Castle in the English Civil War, the Bankes family built Kingston Lacy in 1663. The garden was laid out in Franco-Dutch style but nothing of the original garden survives today.

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The White Garden in front of the Jacobean House, Kiplin Hall in Yorkshire

Kiplin Hall

Richmond, Yorkshire

Kiplin Hall was built c1625, for George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I. Calvert later became 1st Lord Baltimore and was granted a royal charter by Charles I to settle a region in the Americas which was later called Maryland.

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View across the Park towards Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire

Lacock Abbey

Chippenham, Wiltshire

The house was built over the original cloisters and has gone through many additions and alterations. It was here that Fox Talbot experimented with photography.

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Purple rhododendrons and shrubs in garden at Minterne in Dorset


Dorchester, Dorset

Minterne House was designed by Leonard Stokes in 1904-6 for Edward Henry Trafalgar Digby, 10th Baron Digby. It stands on the site of an earlier house within an eighteenth century landscape that was laid out by Admiral Robert Digby….

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View of Parterre designed by Norah Lindsay in the gardens at Mottisfont in Hampshire


Romsey, Hampshire

Incorporating the earlier monastic buildings into a house, Sir William Sandys built Mottisfont in sixteenth century. In the twentieth century the house and garden were restored and the property was given to the National Trust in 1957.

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Garden building with lake at Newark Park in Gloucestershire

Newark Park

Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire

Newark was built by Sir Nicholas Poyntz in 1550s and has extensive views over the Ozleworth valley. The house and gardens were restored in the twentieth century by Robert Parsons.

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View of the lake framed by trees at Nostell Priory in Yorkshire

Nostell Priory

Wakefield, Yorkshire

After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the Priory passed through several hands until it was bought by the Winn family in 1654; it has remained in their family ever since.

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View from Dovecot over formal garden at Nymans in Sussex

Nymans Garden

Haywards Heath, Sussex

From 1597 until the end of the seventeenth century, the land at Nymans was owned by the Gatland family who built a house on the site of the present house. Nymans passed through several hands until 1890 when Ludwig Messel bought the estate….

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Gothic Exedra with formal garden at Painswick Rococo garden


Painswick, Gloucestershire

Benjamin Hyett created the garden in 1740s to entertain his friends. Features include the Eagle House, the fish ponds, Hermitage, Gothic Alcove, Pigeon House, Plunge Pool and the Red House.

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Peckover House

Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Peckover House was built in 1722 and bought by the Quaker banker, Jonathan Peckover in 1777. Alexandrina Peckover gave the house to the National Trust in 1943.

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The facade of Pencarrow in Cornwall from the garden


Bodmin, Cornwall

Home to the Molesworth St Aubyn family, Pencarrow House was built in 1760s. The gardens were created in nineteenth century and include specimen trees, shrubs and conifers….

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Urn with view towards Petworth House and Landscape Park designed by 'Capability' Brown


Petworth, Sussex

In 1150, the manor of Petworth was given to Joscelin of Louvain by his sister, widow of Henry I; on his marriage to Agnes de Percy, Joscelin took her name. In 1682, Elizabeth Percy married Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset….

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View along the Terrace at Polesden Lacey in Surrey

Polesden Lacey

Dorking, Surrey

The first house known to have been built at Polesden Lacey was in 1631 for the Rous family. The estate was bought by R B Sheridan in 1797 but by 1813, the house was in ruins and was rebuilt in 1820s by Joseph Bonsor….

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Rode Hall

Scholar Green, Cheshire

Roger Wilbrahm bought Rode Hall in 1669 from his cousin Randle Rode. The Hall consists of two houses, the first completed in 1708 and the second in 1752; the houses were joined together in 1800s.

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Arts and Crafts garden with topiary at Rodmarton in Gloucestershire


Cirencester, Gloucestershire

The house and garden were designed for the Biddulph family by Ernest Barnsley at the beginning of the twentieth century while Ernest’s brother Sidney made most of the furniture.

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View from the Tower over the Gardens at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, created by Vita Sackville-West


Cranbrook, Kent

The Tower, Priest’s House and South Cottage are all that remain of the original Elizabethan house that was probably build Richard Baker c1560-70. In 1930, Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West bought Sissinghurst and began restoring the buildings and garden….

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Sizergh Castle

Kendal, Cumbria

Standing at the gateway to the Lake District, Sizergh has been home to the Strickland family for over 700 years. The house originated as a pele tower in the fourteenth century and was extended in the sixteenth century and again in the eighteenth century.

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Arcadian landscape with garden buildings at Stowe in Buckinghamshire


Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

This is a garden designed on the grandest scale. The house was rebuilt after 1714 and is now run as a public school. The gardens were developed for Lord Cobham by Sir John Vanbrugh, Charles Bridgeman and William Kent….

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The Walled Garden at Trengwainton in Cornwall


Penzance, Cornwall

A plant spotter’s garden, Trengwainton is noted for its collection of exotic trees and shrubs. The splendid walled garden is divided into different enclosures….

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Morpeth, Northumberland

Wallington Hall was built in 1688 with the cellars created from the basement of Fenwick Castle. It was remodelled by Daniel Garrett between 1735 and 1745.

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Colourful border at West Dean gardens in Sussex

West Dean

Chichester, Sussex

John Lewkenor built a house on the site in 1622 and in 1738, West Dean was inherited by the Peachy family by marriage. In 1804, the Jacobean house was remodelled by James Wyatt….

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Wimpole Hall

Royston, Cambridgeshire

Thomas Chicheley built the ‘new’ house and laid out the formal gardens in 1650. Forced to sell because of financial difficulties, the estate passed through several hands until it was bought by Thomas Agar-Robartes, 6th Viscount Clifden.

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The formal gardens at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire

Wrest Park

Silsoe, Bedfordshire

Inspired by the gardens at Versailles, the outstanding formal gardens were developed from the late seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. There are a number of garden buildings including the Banqueting House by Thomas Archer….

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