Landowners across UK to turn their stately homes, farms and even racecourses into pop-up campsites

Hundreds of temporary camping sites could be set up across the UK this summer as holidaymakers prepare to ditch sunny climes in favour of a Great British getaway. Tourism chiefs say demand for camp sites and UK holiday homes for this summer has boomed – with Britons cautious about trips abroad due to the possibility Covid … Read more

As stately home owners cash in on a summer of staycations, check out these palatial piles

Times are tough for stately home owners. Yes, really — for the aristos still hanging on to their ancestral homes, owning a palace is the ultimate money pit. Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed, is said to cost more than £1.1 million a year for the Earl of Carnarvon to maintain (before any repairs). … Read more

Forget bleach… workers use milk and bread to clean 19th century stately home 

Mrs Hinch, Victorian-style! Forget bleach… workers use milk and bread to clean 19th century stately home England Heritage used bread and milk to prep interior of Brodsworth Hall The charity are prepping the Victorian home for its reopening to the public Bread was used to clean wallpaper and skimmed milk helped to wash the floors … Read more

Staycation in 18th Century Oxfordshire stately home so desirable Liz Taylor tried to buy it

Yours for £28,000-a-week – the ultimate staycation in 18th Century Oxfordshire stately home so desirable Liz Taylor tried to buy it on the spot For the first time in its history, Grade I listed Kirtlington Park, Oxfordshire, can be rented out for £28k a week Allowing up to 16 guests, it boasts eight bedrooms, landscaped … Read more

Stately home Knebworth House that starred in the Crown needs more than £70,000 of emergency repairs

Stately home Knebworth House that starred in the Crown, The Kind’s Speech and Batman needs more than £70,000 of emergency repairs due to cracks blamed on climate change Knebworth House, in Hertfordshire, was awarded £74,175 by Historic England Funds granted for urgent repairs to cracks caused by rain and high temperatures The manor has featured … Read more

Sally Lindsay’s Posh Sleepover offers glimpse inside 900-year-old stately home Ugbrooke House

Sally Lindsay’s Posh Sleepover is offering a rare glimpse inside the 900-year-old Ugbrooke House in Devon, complete with 80 rooms, a private lake and an ancient chapel hidden behind a bookshelf.  The Channel 5 programme, which airs tonight at 7pm, follows the presenter as she visits some of the UK’s wealthiest families to learn about … Read more

How is Carrie Symonds new boss living in a stately pile for the price of student digs?

Two years ago, Boris Johnson visited Howletts Wild Animal Park where he was introduced to cheetahs Saba and Nairo.  In a newspaper article praising the zoo and its proprietor, the gambling tycoon and conservationist Damian Aspinall, our future Prime Minister waxed lyrical about how the animals had decided to ‘nibble my beanie hat’. ‘Damian’s plan … Read more

Duchess of Rutland says running a stately home isn’t ‘all glamour and you’ve got to muck in’

The Duchess of Rutland has insisted running a stately home is not ‘all glamour’ and isn’t ‘for the faint-hearted’ ahead of the release of her new podcast. Emma Manners, 57, alongside her daughter Lady Violet, 27, is aiming to explore the reality of aristocratic life in 21st century Britain in her new podcast series called … Read more

Netflix’s Bridgerton and The Crown are ‘competing for the SAME stately home filming locations

Bridgerton and The Crown are reportedly ‘competing’ for the same stately homes to film their next seasons in.  The two Netflix hits have both seen huge success and have already used the same locations, including Somerley Estate in Hampshire and Wilton House in Wiltshire. However a source has now told The Sun that scheduling for the upcoming … Read more

Couple find themselves stuck in Co Down stately home during lockdown – so renovate it

A couple who found themselves living alone in a stately manor during the pandemic have used the time to revitalise its historic interior. Neil Watt, 36, moved into the top floor of the Castle Ward mansion in County Down with his partner Kris Reid, 29, in March after being appointed collections and house manager of … Read more