Hardy's Cottage, Dorchester, Dorset, UK, dating from 1800, where Thomas Hardy was born in 1840

Hardy's Cottage, Dorchester, Dorset, UK, dating from 1800, where Thomas Hardy was born in 1840

Ightham Mote, Kent. A 14th-century moated manor house http://www.flickr.com/photos/sjdunphy/7272814688/in/set-72157629988575698/

Ightham Mote, Kent. A 14th-century moated manor house http://www.flickr.com/photos/sjdunphy/7272814688/in/set-72157629988575698/

Ightham Mote (Ightham, Kent, England, UK). Just around the corner and a really nice place to visit. Need to go more often.

Ightham Mote (Ightham, Kent, England, UK). Just around the corner and a really nice place to visit. Need to go more often.

Charleston, the country home of the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury group. Decorated by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. @designerwallace

Charleston, the country home of the writers, painters and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury group. Decorated by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. @designerwallace

Oxborough Hall, Norfolk, England is a moated country house built around 1482 by Sir Edmund Bedingfield. The Hall is notable for the Oxburgh Hangings, which are needlework hangings by Mary Queen of Scots and Bess of Hardwick, Mary worked on these while imprisoned in England in the custody of the Earl of Shrewsbury, open to the public

Oxborough Hall, Norfolk, England is a moated country house built around 1482 by Sir Edmund Bedingfield. The Hall is notable for the Oxburgh Hangings, which are needlework hangings by Mary Queen of Scots and Bess of Hardwick, Mary worked on these while imprisoned in England in the custody of the Earl of Shrewsbury, open to the public

Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, England. The National Trust's most-visited garden and formerly the home of Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson.

Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, England. The National Trust's most-visited garden and formerly the home of Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicolson.

The mansion at Polesden Lacey was last inhabited by Mrs. Ronald Greville who bequeathed the estate to the National Trust following her death in 1942.

The mansion at Polesden Lacey was last inhabited by Mrs. Ronald Greville who bequeathed the estate to the National Trust following her death in 1942.

Petworth House, Petworth, West Sussex. Late 17th-century mansion, rebuilt in 1688 by Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, altered in 1870's by Anthony Salvin. A fortified manor house founded by Henry de Percy, 13th-century chapel + undercroft of which still survive. Standing in a landscaped park inhabited by largest herd of fallow deer in England, designed by 'Capability' Brown. For the past 250 years the house has been in the hands of the Wyndham family. Handed over to the nation in 1947.

Petworth House, Petworth, West Sussex. Late 17th-century mansion, rebuilt in 1688 by Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, altered in 1870's by Anthony Salvin. A fortified manor house founded by Henry de Percy, 13th-century chapel + undercroft of which still survive. Standing in a landscaped park inhabited by largest herd of fallow deer in England, designed by 'Capability' Brown. For the past 250 years the house has been in the hands of the Wyndham family. Handed over to the nation in 1947.

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