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March 2020: West Norfolk

Welcome to West Norfolk, a truly special place of unspoilt charm and natural beauty, where tranquillity and relaxation are the order of the day.

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The Stately Homes of England, How beautiful they stand, To prove the upper classes, Have still the upper hand sang Noel Coward. Some undoubtedly remain thus, but far more are living history for the rest of us to visit. Great architects like John Vanbrugh, Robert Adam, Charles Barry and Edwin Lutyens are remembered for their work on such buildings, and beyond the houses themselves landscape geniuses like Capability Brown and Humphry Repton left their own mark for posterity. We visit to bathe in the history these houses represent, but also to enjoy a parkland stroll, or to tea in glorious surroundings. Let us know your favourite by voting in our poll.

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Current favourite Stately Homes

1: Harewood House (1100 votes) Leeds

2: Knebworth House, Gardens & Park (989 votes) Knebworth

3: Cliveden (882 votes) Maidenhead

4: Penshurst Place and Gardens (822 votes) Tonbridge

5: Hanbury Hall (772 votes) Droitwich

6: Waddesdon Manor (764 votes) Aylesbury

7: Eyam Hall (763 votes) Hope Valley

8: Parham House and Gardens (731 votes) Pulborough

9: Blair Castle (702 votes) Pitlochry

10: Kingston Lacy (691 votes) Wimborne

11: Sutton Park (663 votes) York

12: Dyrham Park (663 votes) Chippenham

13: Charlecote Park (641 votes) Warwick

14: Burton Agnes Hall (632 votes) Driffield

15: Arbury Hall (565 votes) Nuneaton

16: Floors Castle (561 votes) Kelso

17: Leighton Hall (451 votes) Carnforth

18: Corsham Court (441 votes) Corsham

19: Woburn Abbey (426 votes) Woburn

20: Longleat (234 votes) Warminster

21: Bowhill House and Country Estate (219 votes) Selkirk

22: Walton Hall & Gardens (138 votes) Warrington

23: Sausmarez Manor (47 votes) St Martins

24: Kedleston Hall and Park (6 votes) Derby

25: Abbotsford (4 votes) Melrose

26: Breamore House and Museum (4 votes) Fordingbridge

27: Mount Stuart (3 votes) Rothesay

28: Lanhydrock House (2 votes) Lanhydrock

29: Palace of Holyroodhouse (2 votes) Edinburgh

30: Wordsworth House (2 votes) Cockermouth

31: Stonor Park (2 votes) Henley-on-Thames

32: Sulgrave Manor (2 votes) Banbury

33: Hatfield House & Gardens (2 votes) Hatfield

34: Cottesbrooke Hall & Gardens (2 votes) Northampton

35: Duff House Country House Gallery (2 votes) Banff

36: Coughton Court (1 vote) Alcester

37: Little Malvern Court (1 vote) Malvern

38: Pencarrow (1 vote) Bodmin

39: Tabley House Stately Home (1 vote) Knutsford

40: Hammerwood Park (1 vote) East Grinstead

41: Falkland Palace, Garden and Old Burgh (1 vote) Cupar

42: Apsley House (1 vote) Hyde Park Corner

43: Goodwood House (1 vote) Chichester

44: Hughenden Manor (1 vote) High Wycombe

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