Several generations of families have maintained the great country estates of England as a storehouse of history, culture, and British heritage. These country houses have magnificent grounds and parks along with a plethora of antique art collections.
While these country estates once belonged to the rich and the aristocrats of England. Now they are either owned or managed by the National Trust of private managers who have opened it for the public for at least a part of the year.
If you take an interest in art, medieval architecture, landscaped gardens, and the history of the houses, these luxury retreat centers with private pools are just for you. Moreover, if you are a fan of British drama films on TV, you will be able to recognize many of your favorite places among the many historic country houses of England. Several movies like Jane Auten, Star Wars, and James Bond Thrillers were shot at these locations and are some of the most well-known constructions in the film industry.
If you are still not sure why you should choose to spend your vacation at country houses in England, here are some of the most popular country house retreat hire UK that can change your mind:
Chatsworth is a very popular destination in Derbyshire Peak District. The Cavendish family, the Dukes of Devonshire have owned the estate for over 450 years. This is one of the country house estates where the contents outshine int 1000-acre Capability Brown-landscape park. With a passion for collecting art for over five centuries, the Chatsworth estate has the best private art collection. The estate holds more than 4,000 years of art that represents classical sculpture forms and contemporary works.
The Lucian Freud paintings and the Elisabeth Frink sculptures are the best of the entire art collection.
The Blenheim Palace is the only palace in England that is not in the hands of the Royal Family. This palace was gifted to John Churchill – the first duke of Marlborough and the ancestor of Winston Churchill, by Queen Anne. It is also the birthplace of Winston Churchill. The house is built on 2100-acres of parkland and was designed and established between 1705 – 1722. If you are taking a stroll around the park, you can still catch a glimpse of the current Duke as he still owns part of the estate.
The Long Library and the luxurious rooms of the palace are mesmerizing and extremely comfortable.
Castle Howards has been the backdrop for both the versions of Bridesmaid Revisited in 1982 and 2008. Most fans can recognize the place from the film and it is a popular weekend retreat in North Yorkshire. The castle was built for the Dukes of Norfolk and took almost 100 years to build. The castle has been in the Howard family for more than 300 years and is now held by a lesser branch of the aristocratic Howard family. The 10,000-acre estate is surrounded by several villages and farms with gardens, lakes, temples, and monuments.
Castle Howard offers a full range of activities that include tastings, classes, and talks throughout the year.