We're surrounded by some of England's most beautiful and exciting country houses, all between 20 to 40 minutes drive from us. Many have spectacular gardens and children's playgrounds.
Chatsworth House is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire
and home to the Cavendish family since 1549.
The house is truly splendid and contains a collection of wonderful paintings.
The garden is one of the most important in England, and has a maze, Cascade
(water staircase) and a natural pressure fountain which can reach nearly 300
feet. There's a visitor farmyard and really excellent adventure playground.
Described as "the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages" Haddon Hall,
a fortified medieval manor house dating from the 12th Century surrounded by terraced Elizabethan gardens,
is the home of Lord and Lady Edward Manners whose family have owned it since 1567.
Its beauty and atmosphere never fail to enchant and it's featured in many films and TV programmes
including Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightly and Dame Judy Dench.
Tatton Park is one of the UK’s most complete historic estates.
The 16th century Old Hall, Tatton Hall, Japanese and Italian gardens, rare breeds farm and children's
playground is set in 1,000 acres of deer park created by a royal charter in 1290,
and is host to over 100 events annually. The park is very popular and is a wonderful place for a family day
out, it's also been used for numerous film locations including Casanova and Brideshead Revisited.
Lyme Park is perhaps best known now
as the the backdrop to where Colin Firth's Darcy meets Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice.
The largest in Cheshire, the Grade I listed, 16th century mansion is surrounded by formal gardens and a deer park.
The magnificent estate was granted to Sir Thomas Danyers in the mid 14th century for his service to
the Black Prince in the Battle of Crécy; it passed to the Legh family some 50 years later.
Little Moreton Hall, one of the finest examples of timber-framed domestic architecture in England,
is a moated 15th-century half-timbered manor house dating from 1450.
It's been described as "a ginger bread house lifted straight from a fairy story".
"...boasts one of the most extraordinary gardens in Britain: it contains whole continents, including China and Ancient Egypt - not to mention Italian terraces and a Scottish glen."
It was developed by James Bateman in the mid nineteenth century using money from his father's coal and steel businesses.
Originally from Norman times Gawesworth Hall was rebuilt in 1480.
The estate belonged to the Fitton family one of whom was Mary Fitton, maid of honour to Queen Elizabeth I.
It has been said that to see Cheshire you must see Gawsworth Hall, and on a tour of the house’s historic rooms you will see fine paintings, furniture, sculpture and stained glass.
The home of the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire Capesthorne Hall was built in the early 18th century.
This distinctive Jacobean style house with Georgian Chapel and delightful gardens and lakes is set in over 100 acres of parkland,
and has been the family home of the Bromley Davenports since 1726.
The collection includes fine art, marble sculptures, tapestries,
Regency, Jacobean and Rococo antiques from throughout Europe and America and the Far East.