If you ever want to see how the other half live then taking a visit to one of the many stately homes Britain has to offer is probably the best, and most non-obtrusive, way to do it. With luxurious furniture, ornate décor and plush finishing touches, stately homes are a sight to behold and can often provoke daydreams of ‘I wish I lived here’. Many of the stately homes in Britain have an air of royalty and decadence so today, in honour of Commonwealth Day, we are taking a look at some of our favourite stately homes that are fit for a Queen!
Sudeley Castle & Gardens
Located near Winchcombe is Sudeley Castle, surrounded by its award winning gardens, it is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. History buffs who are visiting the castle from the 2nd to 15th April will be lucky enough to see the ‘Kind Richard III Reconstructed Head’ tour, and come face-to-face with the King. Don’t worry if you’re visiting after the 15th April as a permanent Richard III exhibition will be at the castle for the rest of the year.
With thirty elaborately decorated rooms to walk through and explore, Chatsworth House really will have you daydreaming about living in such a beautiful place. Children of all ages will love spending the day at Chatsworth House, with a farmyard allowing children to get up close to the animals and an adventure playground with spiral slides and climbing frames, it really is a great day out for the whole family!
Television fans may recognise Highclere Castle as the location of Downton Abbey. As a result, the Castle is a very popular attraction and as such the public opening season for 2014 is now sold out! Those lucky enough to have tickets to visit Highclere Castle this year will be able to visit the impeccably decorated state rooms, perfectly manicured gardens or even take a look at The Egyptian Exhibition.
If ornate décor that really is fit for a Queen is what you’re after from your visit to a stately home then Burghley House is not to be missed. Art enthusiasts will be thrilled by the Heaven Room and the Hell Staircase, both of which feature fantastic murals by Antonio Verrio.
Longleat House in Wiltshire is home to the Marquess of Bath and is a perfect day out for the whole family. Not only is there a number of elaborately and beautifully decorated rooms inside the house to visit but the house is also near to Longleat Safari Park, so is the perfect destination for a fun-filled family day out.
Holiday like a Queen with Sykes Cottages
If a visit to one of these stately homes has given you thoughts of luxury, why not book a luxurious holiday cottage so that you too can holiday like a Queen.