|Chatsworth House, England's favorite country house. Image: Wikimedia.|
The Dukes of Great Britain are considered a rare species. After all, of the 800 hereditary titles existing today only 24 of them are dukedoms and it is highly unlikely that the Queen or his successors would one day create a non-royal dukedom. Once, dukes are known for their political might, but today, the only remaining vestige of glory they have aside from their name and pedigree is their financial clout. A few of them, though, barely have a fortune to call their own. Nevertheless, most of them still enjoy the opulent lifestyles their predecessors were accustomed to—complete with servants and all the conveniences afforded to the highest-ranking peer of the realm. Take a peek at the lives of these dukes by visiting these 28 homes they own.
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland
The second largest inhabited castle in the world next to Windsor castle. This is the seat of the Dukes of Northumberland although the family only occupy a part of it.
Arundel Castle, West Sussex
The seat of the Dukes of Norfolk, Queen Victoria once stayed in the castle, calling it “beautiful.” It is one of the first medieval fortresses to be modernized.
Badminton House, Gloucestershire
The principal seat of the Dukes of Beaufort, the house was home to Queen Mary during World War II, much to her niece the duchess’ inconvenience.
Home of the Dukes of Abercorn, the current house was built between 1779-81 and boasts of a 100-year-old, 18-hole golf course.
Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire
Home to the Dukes of Rutland, the castle is a popular location for movies and television shows, including Little Lord Fauntleroy, The da Vinci Code, Young Sherlock Holmes, and The Young Victoria.
Berry Pomeroy Castle, South Devon
The castle, one of the homes of the Dukes of Somerset, became a celebrated example of the “picturesque,” which became famous in the 19th century.
Blair Castle, Perthshire
The seat of the chief of Clan Murray, the Dukes of Atholl. The present duke, however, does not occupy the castle and lives in South Africa. The castle provides the garrison for the Atholl Highlanders, the duke’s private army, the only legal private army in Europe.
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
This monumental palace was a gift of the nation to the Duke of Marlborough for his triumph during the War of Spanish Succession. It is the only non-royal palace in Great Britain. Consuelo Vanderbilt’s millions (who married the 9th Duke of Marlborough) saved the palace from ruin.
Boughton House, Northamptonshire
A country home for the Dukes of Buccleuch, the house is known as the English Versailles, thanks to its French chateau exterior.
Bowhill House, Scottish Borders
One of the family seats of the Dukes of Buccleuch, the stately home is where some of the world's greatest private art collections can be found.
Bradley House, Wiltshire
This plain country house with a few notable architectural features is the seat of the Dukes of Somerset.
Carlton Towers, North Yorkshire
Officially one of the residences of the Dukes of Norfolk. Since 1991, the 18th duke’s younger brother, Lord Gerald Fitzalan-Howard, lives and manages the estate, which has become famous as a wedding and events venue.
Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
Home of the Dukes of Devonshire, the house is well-regarded for its parks, as well as its priceless paintings, books and artifacts.
Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries and Galloway
Home of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry, the so-called “Pink Palace” houses part of the family’s prized art collection, including works of Rembrandt and da Vinci.
Eaton Hall, Cheshire
Eaton Hall is the official residence of the Dukes of Westminster. The original Eaton hall, built in the 17th century, was demolished in the 1960s. A new house was built and recased in the 1980s to look like a French chateau.
Euston Hall, Thetford
The house is home to the Dukes of Grafton, descendants of King Charles II and his mistress Barbara Villiers. The house boasts of a fine art collection, the most notable of which was the one painted by Canaletto.
Floors Castle, Roxburghshire
Home of the Dukes of Roxburghe, American heiress Mary Goelet, who married into the family, brought with her from her Long Island home a collection of Gobelins tapestries that were added into the ballroom in the 1930s.
Goodwood House, West Sussex
The house and the estate owned by the Dukes of Richmond, Gordon and Lennox are famous for the racing events held here, including the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Goodwood Revival, and Glorious Goodwood among others.
Haddon Hall, Derbyshire
One of the seats of the Dukes of Rutland, the house was once described as "the most complete and most interesting house of [its] period." The house was also mentioned in a number of literary and stage works.
Inveraray Castle, Argyll
The castle is the seat of the chief of the Clan Campbell, the Duke of Argyll. Struck by fire in the 1970s, the Castle was restored afterwards.
Kimbolton Castle, Cambridgeshire
Former home of the Dukes of Manchester, the castle-turned-stately-home was the final residence of Catherine of Aragon. It was sold by the 10th Duke in 1950.
Kinnaird Castle, Brechin
The seats of the Dukes of Fife (the last non-royal dukedom to be created for Earl Fife who married Louise, Princess Royal), the castle was remodeled during the Victoria era, razed by fire in the 1920s and was eventually rebuilt.
Lennoxlove House, East Lothian
Famous for its 15th century tower, once known as Lethington Castle. The house is known for priceless works of art.
Mertoun House, St. Boswells
Mertoun House is the home of the Duke of Sutherland.
Stratfield Saye House, Hampshire
Formerly a manor house, it was enlarged in the 17th century , purchased by the nation and gifted to the Duke of Wellington in 1817.
Syon House, London
The London residence of the Dukes of Thumberland, famed for its eclectic interior.
Tandragee Castle, Northern Ireland
The Irish home of the Dukes of Manchester until sold by the 10th Duke in the 1950s. It now houses the offices of Tayto potato crisp factory.
Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire
The family home of the Dukes of Bedford, the estate is a favorite destination for its landscape gardens, safari park, and visitor center. The family’s art collection is also among the country’s finest.
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