This tour will discover the history of some of the many historic and fascinating old Manors and Castles in the Cotswolds.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock
Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house situated in Woodstock,and is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough. It is only non-royal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705 and circa 1722. Blenheim Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
Kelmscott House, a seventeenth-century, Grade 1 listed Manor house on the river Thames— contains an outstanding collection of the possessions and works of William Morris, as well as of his family and associates (Benson, Burne-Jones, Rossetti and Webb among them) that includes furniture, original textiles, pictures and paintings, carpets, ceramics and metalwork. The estate also boasts a beautiful garden with easy access to the Thames Pathway, as well as a licensed Tearoom and Shop.
Sudeley Castle, near Winchcombe, is now the home of Lord and Lady Ashcombe. The manor of Sudeley once belonged to King Ethelred the Unready. Here Queen Katherine Parr lived and died. She is buried in the chapel within the grounds that bears her name. Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Charles I, all stayed here. But the history of Sudeley is more interesting than just a collection of royal visitors
Broughton Castle, Bloxham is a moated medieval manor house built in the 14th century, enlarged in the 16th century.It is the home of the Fiennes family,and Lords Saye and Sele. Many medieval rooms have survived, including the chapel. The castle escaped damage in the Civil War.
We went to the Cotswolds this summer to explore some of the most wonderful historic houses that I have ever visited.