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"Historic Houses gives places like ours a voice and a network, helping us to stay independent and keeping our home and garden alive and accessible for generations to come"

James Saunders Watson, owner of Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire

Saunders Watson family Rockingham

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Kiplin Hall & Gardens in North Yorkshire is a beautiful historic house

Kiplin Hall and Gardens Opens its Skies to Drone Pilots

With the rising popularity of drone flying, Kiplin Hall and Gardens has published a Drone Access Policy detailing how pilots can enjoy exploring the skies over the rural North Yorkshire estate. The policy is the first of its kind for...

Bonfire & Fireworks 2021 - MLE Promo Shot Weston Park

Back with a Bang! Weston Park’s Bonfire Night

Weston Park, the stately home on the Shropshire \ Staffordshire border is looking forward to the return of its popular Bonfire & Fireworks Night with a brand new show by MLE Pyrotechnics.

Boughton Gardens to open this Autumn with the National Garden Scheme

For one day only this Autumn, Boughton Gardens and Parkland will open to the public in aid of the National Garden Scheme.  The gardens will open on Sunday 17th October, 1pm-5pm allowing visitors to explore the stunning Boughton Gardens as...

Stories about our houses

Anne Boleyn Exhibition at Hever Castle

Channel 5’s Anne Boleyn: Where It All Began

What is the real story behind the myth of Anne Boleyn? Where did this controversial figure spend her early years before she eventually met Henry VIII and ended up at the Tower of London? Charlotte Murphy takes a look.

Thirlestane Castle in Scotland

Saved for the Nation: 40 years of the NHMF

Over the last 40 years, the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) has had a significant impact on the nation’s country house heritage. Yet many people know surprisingly little about the NHMF and how it works. It’s time to find out...

Repairing and restoring an historic roof

Building on the Past: Repair, Restoration and Reuse

Many historic houses are working hard to revive rural prosperity in their communities by restoring and repurposing their unused historic buildings. The ability to efficiently and sensitively adapt these buildings to new economically viable uses is vital to rural prosperity,...

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