Wallington is an elegant 17th century mansion, built by Sir William Blackett around the core of an earlier medieval house and pele tower. Blackett was a wealthy shipping magnate and mine owner from Newcastle, and he intended Wallington to be a country retreat, a place to hold occasional shooting parties, but it evolved into much more than that.
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Set in 20 acres of parkland in the conservation village of Orton Longueville, only 2.5 miles from Peterborough centre and 2 miles from the East of England showground. Previously the estate of the Marquesses of Huntly this 17th Century house has been renovated to provide a spacious, comfortable hotel. Our … more >>
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"... its a large place and the houses are made commodious to entertain the Company that comes to drink the waters, which certainly if they be at paines to go once and see would have but little stomach to drink them ... its full of leaves and dirt ..."
Highclere Castle- Newbury, Berkshire, England
Former Georgian house, home of the Earls of Caernarvon, remade by Charles Barry in exotic (or horrifying, depending upon your tastes) Victorian Gothic style. Ornate, opulent state rooms. Exhibit of Egyptian artefacts (the fifth Earl was an enthusiastic backer of Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen). ... more