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James Saunders Watson, owner of Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire

Saunders Watson family Rockingham

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Wentworth Woodhouse Camellia House

Funding secured for the Camellia House at Wentworth Woodhouse

A rare Georgian Camellia House, home to some of the world’s oldest camellias, will be transformed with the help of a National Heritage Lottery Fund award.

The sun shines on Wales Tourism Week

Wales Tourism Week ran from 16 - 22 May 2022, and we were delighted to see Historic Houses properties hosting events for Senedd members and members of the public to champion the importance of tourism in Wales. 

Firle Place in East Sussex is a beautiful wedding venue

Crowning Glory at Firle Place

Firle Place have announced their latest exhibition, Crowning Glory, running 28 August–25 October, in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.

Stories about our houses

Announcing the Shortlist for the Inaugral Collections Award

The shortlist has been announced for the new Collections Award, in partnership with Dreweatts auctioneers.

Our April painting: Laura Diggens paints Houghton Lodge

Kestrels and red kites filled the skies while swans, bottoms up, navigated the genteel waters of the Test River as I explored the walled garden and water meadows surrounding Houghton Lodge during my visit earlier this month. The seemingly endless...

Bressingham Hall garden in early summer

Voting Opens for the 2022 Garden of the Year Award

Voting for the Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award 2022 has now officially begun, with eight extraordinary gardens competing to be named the Garden of the Year in a public vote. The award, launching in 1984, and run in...

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Visitor at Middleton Hall in Staffordshire, Historic Houses photo by Layton Thompson

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