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4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 5:

Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, England. 

Built by Thomas Paine, Robert Adam and Matthew Brettingham in 1759.


4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 20:

Highclere Castle, Hampshire, England. 

Rebuilt 1839-42 by Sir Charles Barry, with a park by Capability Brown. 

Was the home of Lord Carnarvon, friend and sponsor of Howard Carter, and is the main filming location of Downton Abbey. 


4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 2:

Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England. 

Built 1687-1707, with some remnants of the original 1560s house. 


4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 23:

Aston Hall, Birmingham, England. 

Built in the Jacobean period between 1618 and 1635, by John Thorpe. 



4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No. 48: 

Layer Marney Tower, Essex, England. 

Dating from the reign of Henry VIII, it is England’s tallest Tudor gatehouse. 

Photos: Country Life. 


Castle for sale in Ireland

Tulira Castle, Co. Galway. 

  • Situated on 250 acres
  • Approached by a three-quarter mile avenue lined with 95 lime trees
  • Features a Medieval castle, courtyard buildings and a Victorian castle
  • The original Medieval castle burnt down, so today’s building dates from 1882
  • The central hall features marble specimens from across Ireland as well as a chimneypiece designed by the architect of the Palace of Westminster 
  • Some rooms feature original Victorian stained glass and wallpapers, and there are chimneypieces that were originally located in older castles
  • There are seven bedrooms on the first floor
  • The chapel is located on the second floor
  • The gardens include a walled garden, ornamental lakes,  a vegetable garden, fountains, greenhouses, orchards and a herb garden
  • Additional buildings include: courtyard, gate lodge, stable house, butler’s apartment and staff apartments



4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No. 45: 

Easton Neston, England. 

The architect is unknown, but this is one of the finest examples of the English Baroque style. 

An excellent documentary on it is available on Youtube. 

Photos mainly architecture digest. 


4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 22:

Althorp House, Northamptonshire, England. 

Originally a redbrick Tudor building but, starting in 1788, Henry Holland redesigned much of the house. 

Is the seat of the Earls Spencer, and was the home of Diana Princess of Wales. 



4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 3:

Longleat House, Wiltshire, England. 

Completed 1580, during the Elizabethan era. 



4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No 21: 

Chateau de Chambord, Chambord, France. 

Built 1519-47, possibly by Domenico da Cortona. 



4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No. 68:

Chastleton House, Oxfordshire, England. 

Built from 1607-12, now run by the National Trust. 

Interior photos are mainly from Country Life, exterior photos by me. 


Fancy a castle in the English countryside? 

Compton Castle, Somerset, for sale through knight Frank for £20,000,000

  • 1,270 acre estate
  • Grade II listed romantic castle, built in 1825 and extended in the 1910s
  • Coach house, 2 entrance lodges, 5 cottages
  • Gardens and lakes
  • Stables and tennis court
  • The castle is totally private, nestled in the centre of the estate
  • Excellent sporting potential
  • Arable, pasture and woodland
  • Beautiful interiors

4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No. 33:

The Swiss Cottage, Adare, Ireland. 

Built in the Regency Period (early 1800s) by John Nash. One of the rooms (pictured above) contains original Dufour wallpaper, which is incredibly rare. 

Built as a small houses on the estate for the use of the owners of the “big house”, in the tradition of Marie Antoinette’s hameau. 

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4,000 Houses for 4,000 Followers: No. 69:

Tyntesfield, Somerset, England. 

Built in the 1830s and expanded in the 1860s, the the Gothic Revival style. 

It is now run by the National Trust.