From Elizabethan Masterpieces, to alfresco dining and adventure playgrounds, these majestic properties are yearlong sources of fun and fascination for all…
British Muslim Magazines recommended top 10 Treasure Houses to visit this year!
1. Woburn Abbey – The Abbey has been the home of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford, one of England’s most powerful families, since the 1620’s. It is currently the home of the 15th Duke and Duchess of Bedford and their children. Russell family members have included Prime Ministers, Ambassadors, Lord High Admirals and philosophers over the centuries and provide a direct link to the events of the past that shaped the England of today. You can explore a safari and a beautiful deer garden every single year.
2. Harewood sits at the heart of Yorkshire, one of the Treasure Houses of England. The house was built in the 18th century and has art collections to rival the finest in the land in the setting of Yorkshire’s most beautiful landscape.
3. Castle Howard – Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th century residence set within 1,000 acres of breathtaking landscape in the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of North Yorkshire.
4. Burghley House in Peterborough is the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age.Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587, the main part of the House has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors.
5. Blenheim Palace – Home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a true masterpiece of 18th Century Baroque architecture. Discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site amongst over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and Formal Gardens.
6. Leeds castle – Dubbed as the best loveliest castle in the world. With 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, daily events and year round attractions, Leeds Castle is one of the best days out in Kent, you will want to come back time and again!
7. Hatfield House – Hatfield House is the home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family. The Estate has been in the Cecil family for 400 years. Superb examples of Jacobean craftsmanship can be seen throughout the House.
The garden at Hatfield House dates from the early 17th century when Robert Cecil employed John Tradescant the Elder to collect plants for his new home. Tradescant was sent to Europe where he found and brought back trees, bulbs, plants and fruit trees, which had never previously been grown in England.
8. Holkham Hall is still privately owned, and is the centre of a thriving 25,000-acre agricultural estate; which provides resources both to maintain the house, and to ensure that the social fabric of rural life remains intact. Based in the beautiful Norfolk, this is a must see for every passionate anglophile.
9. Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house architecture and collection have been evolving for five centuries. Having evolved over more than 450 years, the 105 acre Chatsworth garden continues to change today. There is plenty to discover at every turn, including permanent sculptures to be found.
10. Beaulieu , voted the best large visitor attraction 2013 by Visit England, is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park.Beaulieu is a guaranteed great family day out with lots for everyone to enjoy including the world famous National Motor Museum, home to a stunning collection of automobiles telling the history of motoring through modern rally cars and F1 Grand Prix machines, Palace House, home of the Montagu family, historic Beaulieu Abbey which was founded in 1204 by Cistercian Monks, World of Top Gear featuring vehicles from some of the most ambitious challenges and On Screen Cars where the car is the star and includes TV and film favourites.