The Southeast

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  • 1. Charleston


    Art and life mixed at Charleston, the farmhouse Vanessa Bell—sister of Virginia Woolf—bought in 1916 and fancifully decorated, along with Duncan...Read More

  • 2. Ightham Mote


    This wonderful, higgledy-piggledy, timber-framed medieval manor house looks like something out of a fairy tale. Even its name is a bit of an...Read More

  • 3. Knole


    The pleasant but workaday town of Sevenoaks lies in London's commuter belt, a world away from the baronial air of its premier attraction, the...Read More

  • 4. Pallant House Gallery


    This small but important collection of mostly modern British art includes work by Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland. It's in a modern extension...Read More

  • 5. Penshurst Place


    At the center of the adorable hamlet of Penshurst stands this fine medieval manor house, hidden behind tall trees and walls. Although it has...Read More

  • 6. Petworth House


    One of the National Trust's greatest treasures, Petworth is the imposing 17th-century home of Lord and Lady Egremont and holds an outstanding...Read More

  • 7. Polesden Lacey


    This gorgeous, creamy-yellow Regency mansion, built in 1824, contains impressive collections of furniture, paintings, porcelain, and silver...Read More

  • 8. Anne of Cleves House


    This 16th-century structure, a fragile-looking, timber-frame building, holds a small collection of Sussex ironwork and other items of local...Read More

  • 9. Bateman's


    Rudyard Kipling lived from 1902 to 1936 at this beautiful 17th-century house a half mile south of the village. The house has been kept much...Read More

  • 10. Bleak House


    The cliff overlooking Viking Bay is dominated by this stern structure. One of Dickens's homes, it was here that he wrote David Copperfield...Read More

  • 11. Chartwell


    A grand Victorian mansion with views over the Weald, Chartwell was the beloved private home of Sir Winston Churchill, from 1924 until his death...Read More

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  • 12. Lamb House


    Something about Lamb House, an early-18th-century dwelling, attracts writers. The novelist Henry James lived here from 1898 to 1916. E. F. Benson...Read More

  • 13. Monk's House


    Of interest to Bloomsbury Group fans, this was the home of novelist Virginia Woolf and her husband, Leonard Woolf, who bought it in 1919. Leonard...Read More

  • 14. Standen


    A well-preserved family country house dating from the 1890s and set in a beautiful hillside garden, Standen typifies the Arts and Crafts movement...Read More

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