One thing that England is certainly known for is its beautiful manor houses and stately homes. They have had quite a troubled history, and a lot of the families who originally owned them were forced to donate them or sell them. But some have managed to stand the test of time and are still around today. This being said, there are quite a few beautiful homes in England for you to visit even today. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular ones:

Longleat

This is known for having a safari park. It is supposed to be the first one outside Africa. It is an English country house near Hornighsham in Somerset. It’s known for its maze, landscaped parkland, Elizabethan country house and safari park. The house is built over 900 acres, and landscaped by Capability Brown with around 8,000 acres of farmland and woods. It was the first ever stately home which opened up to the public. It was built by John Thynne, and designed by Robert Smythson in 1567. It took around 12 years to build, and is regarded as a fine example of Elizabethan architecture.

Lyme Park

This is popular for being used as Mr Darcy’s home in Pride & Prejudice, in 1995. It is located in Cheshire, England. It has a mansion house with formal gardens. It is the largest house in Cheshire and is also a Grade I listed building.

The estate was given to Thomas Danyers in 1346, and then passed on to Leghs of Lyme in 1388 through marriage. It stayed with the Legh family untill 1946, when it became a part of the National Trust. It was modified slightly in the 1700s, and in the 19th century. The gardens and house have been used on multiple occasions for filming, and are also open to the public.