Stately and aristocratic homes on the Thames
The official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, Windsor Castle is one of the most renowned constructions in the country. With a history of nearly a thousand years and known as the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world, it was originally built by the Normans in the present country of Berkshire, as a classic motte and bailey. It has since then expanded to five hectares, the present construction combining Victorian, Georgian and Gothic architectonic features.
Hampton Court Palace and Gardens
A former royal residence, the palace is situated in London and was built around 1514, during the reign of Henry III. An expansive renovation during 17th Century resulted in the adjoining of two different architectural styles, Baroque and Tudor. Later works added the input of Sir Christopher Wren to its appearance. The palace is also renowned for holding Charles I captive before his execution. The palace is now under the care of a charity and open for visiting.
Built at the beginning of the 17th Century, between 1607 and 1612, the Jacobean house still stands in Moreton-in Marsh, in the county of Oxfordshire, and is open to the public all year round. Its outer and inner appearance has been preserved to the highest possible extent in order to preserve a unique, authentic atmosphere, unlike similar properties adapted to commercial requirements, which makes visiting it a very special experience.
The site near Claydon boasts a fascinating, almost millenary history, initially an ancient manor house preceding the Norman Conquest and listed in the Domesday Book. It has undergone many renovations over the years, passing through the hands of a few aristocratic families, more notably the Verney family, who owned it for centuries. The present building dates from the 18th Century and took fourteen years to rebuild, between 1757 and 1771.