Five Tudor treats

From Henry VII to Elizabeth I, the Tudor monarchs presided over one of England's defining eras. Here's our guide to some of the greatest houses of the period.


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Cotehele House

In the woods above the River Tamar nestles Cotehele, built by the Edgcumbe family in Tudor times and adorned with tapestries, textiles, arms and armour, pewter, brass and old oak furniture. The gardens are as impressive as the interiors, with traditionally planted terraces, a medieval stewpond and a new orchard featuring local varieties of apple.


2

Burghley House

Burghley, near Stamford in Lincolnshire, has been the home of the Cecil Family for over 400 years and is one of England's greatest Elizabethan houses. It is home to many great works of art, including a significant collection of 17th-century Italian paintings, exceptional 18th-century furniture, and one of the earliest Western collections of Japanese ceramics.


3
Temple Newsam House

Temple Newsam House

Known as the 'Hampton Court Palace of the North', Temple Newsam was the birthplace of Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots. Sited on the outskirts of Leeds on ground once owned by the Knights Templar, it lies in 1,500 acres of parkland landscaped by 'Capability' Brown and houses some of the country's most comprehensive collections of art and craft outside London.


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