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20 best country houses

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20 best country houses

According to 'Treasures in Britain' (see my previous posting), here are the 20 best country houses in Britain, in alphabetical order. I have starred the ones that I know are easy day trips from London, using public transportation.

Alnwick, Nthumb.

*Blenheim Palace, Oxon.

Broughton House, Nhants.

Castle Howard, N. Yorks.

Claydon House, Bucks.

Cotehele House, Cnwll.

Chatsworth, Derbys.

Haddon Hall, Derbys.

Harewood House, W.R.Yks.

*Hatfield House, Herts.

Holkham Hall, Norfolk

Hopetoun House, W. Loth.

Houghton Hall, Norflk.

*Knole, Kent

Mellerstain House, Borders

Petworth House, ESusx

Plas Newydd, Gwynnd

St. Michael's Mount, Cnwll.

*Syon House, Gtr. London

Wilton House, Wilts.

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1. Re: 20 best country houses

Thanks again Bedlace. I've been to Alnwick so 19 to go.

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Good to see Harewood up there, visit at least once a month!

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Wilton House is also a possible day trip. I'm just thinking of all those who take the train to Salisbury and catch a bus to Stonehenge. Alternatively, after alighting at Salisbury take the bus to Wilton. It takes the same amount of time as the Stonehenge journey, albeit heading west rather than north.

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I'm not a country house person but found Chatsworth excellent. The house was friendly, they had a drawing room for folk to sit and look at books, there were real flowers in many of the rooms and the grounds were wonderfully well kept; expensive but worth it.

Dont' know how one would get there by public trans though.

Another that's not on the list and which I thought was great is Calke Abbey, it's an NT house billed as 'the country house in decline', very interesting. Though, again, I don't know how one would get there by public transportation.


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Ive visited six of the twenty so have lots to look forward to. I dont know anything about Syon House. What's up with that?

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I've been to 6 of them too. Syon House is well worth a visit: interiors by Robert Adam, garden by Capability Brown. You can read about it here: http://www.syonpark.co.uk/

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I've been to 7 of the 20 listed - see why i have to keep going back to England! :o)

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I'm not a country house person; I usually head straight for the garden when visiting these places. But I do consult my copy of " The Good Country House Guide" for background. I highly recommend this book if the subject interests you. The author is Lydia Greeves. I got my copy at Stanford's, but I imagine Amazon U.K. may stock it.

By the way my copy of this book gives four stars to Boughton House, Chatsworth, Knole and Wilton House. It also gives four stars to Hardwick Hall which is not on the Treasures of Britain list.

And I have to confess to having fallen in love with one of the houses on the list, Chatsworth. It's not very easy to reach, but well worth it. From the moment when you park (carefully, since the Duchess' free range chickens roam the car park), Chatsworth house and grounds are enchanting.

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Sadly, I've only seen two of the house on the list; Blenheim and Petworth House. While I don't think it would ever make the top 20 Charlcote House was very intersting.

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