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Visit These 5 Historic Houses in England’s Eastern Counties

Whether you’re a fan of anything grand and stately or you just wish to take a peek of the best from the past, a visit to some of the England’s historic and stately houses, palaces and castles will definitely make you want to fall in love with the years of yore. Here are five of the best historic houses in England’s Eastern Counties now operated by the National Trust. 

Belton House

Dubbed as the crowning achievement of Restoration country house architecture, built between 1685-88 for Sir John Brownlow and altered by James Wyatt  in the 1770s. The plasterwork in the ceilings were made by Edward Gouge and fine wood carvings by Grinling Gibbons School. The rooms contain portraits, furniture, tapestries, oriental porcelain, family silver gilt, and Speaker Cust’s silver. Formal gardens, an orangery and a magnificent landscaped park with a lakeside walk and the Belmontt Tower will make your visit here all worthwhile. (Image: Wikipedia)

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Blickling Hall

One of the greatest houses in East Anglia, Blickling dates from the early 17th century. Its collections include fine furniture, pictures and tapestries. A spectacular Jacobean plaster ceiling in the 40 m long gallery is particularly impressive. The gardens are renowned for massive yew hedges and magnificent herbaceous borders and contain a late 18th century orangery: the parkland has a lake and good walks. (Image: Wikipedia)

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Felbrigg Hall

Hailed as one of the finest 17th century houses in Norfolk, with its original 18th century furniture and GFrand Tour paintings, there is also an outstanding library and interesting domestic wing. The walled garden has been restored, complete with dovecote, greenhouses and the traditional layout of herbaceous plants and fruit trees, including national collection of colchicums. There are extensive walks in the 200-hectare Great Wood and through the historic parkland with its church and lake. (Image: Wikipedia)

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Grantham House

The house dates from 1380, but has been extensively altered and added throughout the centuries, resulting in a pleasant mixture of architectural styles. The walled gardens run down to the river, and on the opposite bank Sedgwick Meadows, which forms an open space in the center of the town. (Image: BBC)

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Gunby Hall

A red-brick house with stone dressings built in 1700 and extended in 1870s. Within the house, there is good early 18th century wainscoting and a fine oak staircase, also English furniture and portraits by Reynolds. Contemporary stable block, a walled garden, sweeping lawns and boarders are also featured. Gunby was reportedly Tennyson’s “haunt of ancient peace.” (Image: Trip Adviser) 

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