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Trip Report English Stately Homes and Castle

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Over the last couple of years we have been visiting some of the stately homes around England.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/stately_homes_castles/england/index.html
This isn’t an exhaustive list and many of the grand stately homes are missing. It will be added to as we visit more properties.

Many places are quite small and some like Whittington Court in Gloucestershire
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/stately_homes_castles/england/midlands/whittington/index.html
or the moated Markenfield Hall
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/stately_homes_castles/england/north/markenfield/index.html
are only open for a few days in the year.

Some of the best of the stately homes are those belonging to the Historic Houses Association and friends get free admission to their properties.
http://www.hha.org.uk/.

These are all much loved family homes. Each is very different and each is full of character. As well as the two mentioned above there is also Raby Castle, once owned by the powerful Neville family, and everyone’s idea of a castle with turrets and battlements.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/stately_homes_castles/england/north/raby/index.html

Bamburgh Castle stands proud above the North Sea and is the image used on all the advertising material for Northumberland.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/stately_homes_castles/england/north/bamburgh/index.html

Chillingham Castle was ruined and has been carefully restored over the last few years and is completely different. It filled with an assortment of family belongings from dog collars to Tibetan hunting horns.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/stately_homes_castles/england/north/chillingham/index.html

Ellys Manor House is worth visiting as it has some of the best preserved wall paintings in England.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/stately_homes_castles/england/midlands/ellys/index.html

Two of our favourites are Haddon Hall covered by old fashioned climbing roses and a virtually unchanged fortified manor house with a splendid long gallery
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/stately_homes_castles/england/midlands/haddon/index.htmlwith its walls and Burton Agnes Hall, an attractive Tudor building and regarded as one of the best English family homes.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/stately_homes_castles/england/north/burton_agnes/index.html

The National Trust own many properties acquired in lieu of death duties. Some of these like Belton Hall
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/stately_homes_castles/england/midlands/belton/index.html
and Hanbury Hall
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/stately_homes_castles/england/midlands/hanbury/index.html
are treasure houses filled with beautiful furniture.

Speke Hall in Liverpool must be one of the best black and white timber frame houses in England.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/stately_homes_castles/england/north/speke/index.html

Auckland castle, once the home of the Bishop of Durham, is completely different. This is now run by a charitable trust and is recently opened to the public. There are grand plans to develop it into a major tourist attraction in the north east and a centre for religious art. At the moment there are only a few rooms open as well as the chapel which is the largest private chapel in Europe. it is also the home of the famous Zurbarán paintings.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/stately_homes_castles/england/north/auckland/index.html

Gainsborough Old Hall set among C19th housing is a rare survivor of a medieval manor house with some of the best medieval kitchens in England as well as a splendid great hall.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/stately_homes_castles/england/midlands/gainsborough/index.html

Donnington le Heath Manor House is one of the oldest surviving domestic buildings in England. It is ignored by the guide books and gets few visitors.
http://wasleys.org.uk/eleanor/stately_homes_castles/england/midlands/donnington/index.html

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