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Top 10 Recommended Country Houses in England

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Country Houses in England
England's castles, cathedrals and country houses tend to be located in extraodinary locations. So, in addition to their rich histories, we recommend these properties for their locations, too. We'd also suggest you browse our other 'Top 10' lists for inspiration. Type 'country houses' into the search box as well. By James Penman.

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Within the Peak District National Park, this is one the UK's most popular country houses. Superb place in a superb setting. It's very popular so, in high season, prepare for crowds.

Blenheim Palace World Heritage Site

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and birthplace of Winston Churchill. Oxford to the south. The Cotswolds to the west.

Castle Howard

To the south of the North York Moors National Park. Most famous as a location for the 1981 adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's 'Brideshead Revisited'.

Audley End House and Gardens, Essex

One of the finest Jacobean houses in England. Also visit Hatfield House and Cambridge.

Dyrham Park House

Impressive country house close to Bath in the south of the Cotswolds AONB.

Kingston Lacy

Stunning building. The house contains works by Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel. In the local area, visit Wimborne Minster and Corfe Castle.

Waddesdon Manor

Owned by the Rothschild family. We'd recommend a trip to Bletchley Park, too. Explore the Chilterns AONB.

Cragside House and Gardens

First house in the world lit by hydroelectricity on the fringe of the Northumberland National Park.

Burghley House

On the outskirts of the beautiful Lincolnshire town of Stamford.