Your favourite country house

A Palladian villa packed with Chippendale furniture or a Tudor mansion groaning with tapestries and armour?

Your favourite country house

Spring has (sort of) begun and summer is (hopefully) on the horizon, so now's the perfect time to start planning some great days out with your National Art Pass.

With gardens designed by Capability Brown, fantastic art collections and lavishly decorated rooms to explore, there are some fabulous country mansions to enjoy this year. Vote for your favourite country house below and we'll enter you into our competition to win a Harrods hamper to take on your next visit.

Voting and entry to the competition will close on Friday 12 April at 5pm. Please read the terms and conditions before entering.

Pick your pile

Lyme Park

Fans of the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice can re-imagine that famous scene where Mr Darcy emerges from the lake to meet Miss Bennet.

Dumfries House

Filled with luxurious furnishings and beautiful works of art, this characterful house was secured for the nation by the Art Fund in 2008.

Compton Verney

Not only does this art gallery run an impressive exhibition programme but also hosts an internationally important collection of Chinese bronzes.

Temple Newsam House

One of the great English historic country houses, this Tudor-Jacobean mansion is famous for its collection of historic wallpapers.


Built in the style of Louis XIV, this impressive mansion boasts a collection of Dutch Masters plus works by Reynolds, Gainsborough and others.

Cotehele House

This beautiful Tudor house set in the woods above the River Tamar is adorned with tapestries, textiles, and old oak furniture.

Osborne House

Queen Victoria’s beloved holiday villa by the seaside offers an intimate glimpse into her family life and personal taste.

Dunham Massey Hall

Set in a magnificent 300-acre deer park, this eclectic house reveals tales of salacious scandal, romance and royal rebellion.

Powis Castle and Garden

Visited by Queen Victoria in 1832, this medieval fortress was transformed into the grand country home of rich and powerful nobility.

Ham House and Garden

Situated on the River Thames, this elegant house is an unusually complete survivor of the 17th century.

Nostell Priory

This elegant 18th-century Palladian mansion includes furniture by Chippendale and paintings by Hogarth and Pieter Brueghel the Younger.


Surrounded by ancient woods and spectacular views, John Ruskin’s former home is filled with paintings, furniture and personal memorabilia.

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