Englefield House. In the late 19th century, Richard Fellowes Benyon rebuilt the villagers' houses as a model estate village & provided them with such amenities as a swimming pool, soup kitchen & new school. Today the estate, owned by a family company, the Englefield Estate, covers some 20,000 acres. Many of the Benyons have been MP's, incl. the current occupants of the main house, Sir William, & his son, Richard Benyon.
Hartwell House, Hartwell, Bucks. Grade I Listed. In 1827, Dr John Lee, an astronomer, inherited the house from the unmarried Rev Sir George Lee. During his ownership, the British Meteorological Society, now the Royal Meteorological Society was founded in the library in 1850. Rev Nicholas Lee inherited the house when his brother died, 1866. The house remained a private residence until 1938, when, at risk of demolition, it was acquired by philanthropist Ernest Cook.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex moved into Bagshot Park, Surrey soon after their marriage. One of the largest royal residences, it is famous for its Indian-stye billiard room, which its former owner, Queen Victoria's son Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, requested to be built after he visited India.