Re­veal­ing the finest hid­den gems

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Front Page -

This Easter, don’t just go down to your lo­cal fa­mous stately – your Chatsworths, Blen­heims and Cas­tle Howards – but take a look be­hind the doors of some of the UK’s lesser known but no less im­pres­sive his­toric houses. Ear­lier this month, the His­toric Houses As­so­ci­a­tion re­branded as His­toric Houses in an ef­fort to mod­ernise and en­tice more vis­i­tors to th­ese grand piles. Its pres­i­dent, James Birch, who is also the owner of Dod­ding­ton Hall in Lin­colnshire, ex­plains that change was needed to open up the or­gan­i­sa­tion and bet­ter pro­mote its prop­er­ties. “We have far more open houses than our sis­ter or­gan­i­sa­tions, the Na­tional Trust and English Her­itage, but no­body re­alises that they’re so ac­ces­si­ble,” he says.

The dif­fer­ence is that th­ese houses are ac­tu­ally fam­ily homes, not kept un­touched. “Visit­ing a house which is still lived in is a very dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence to one that is more of a museum piece,” says Ben Cow­ell, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s di­rec­tor-gen­eral. “Peo­ple love it when they see chil­dren’s toys in the hall­way.”

Of His­toric Houses’ 1,650 prop­er­ties, 320 are open to the pub­lic, at dif­fer­ent times of the year. Here, we sug­gest some hid­den gems to visit – and they’re all open over Easter.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.