Stately Homes

England is full of spectacular stately mansions which were built in a golden age as homes for the landed elite.

Today, their increasing maintenance costs means that most have either become museums, or are simply family homes open to the public on certain days of the year, so we can see how the ‘other half’ lives!

The National Trust maintains many of these properties for the public to enjoy, and organises various events and tours of some of their magnificent country houses and properties.

Those stately homes which are still privately owned are the real gems, as they all have that sense of still being a family have, with a distinct ‘lived-in’ feel to them and many rely on the patronage of visitors in order to maintain them and keep them standing for future generations.