14 Iconic Buildings to explore in Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire is a ceremonial county in South East England that borders Greater London to the south-east, Berkshire to the south, Oxfordshire to the west, Northamptonshire to the north, Bedfordshire to the north-east and Hertfordshire to the east.
It was the former royal residence to Henry VIII and Princess Elizabeth I. Today it is an award-winning meeting, events, and wedding venue. Set in 190 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. It is also home to Hult International Business School and the world-renowned Ashridge Executive Education.
Berkhamsted Castle was first built as a timber motte-and-bailey castle in the late 11th century. One of the most important early Norman castles. The castle was surrounded by protective earthworks and a deer park for hunting. The castle became a new administrative center of the former Anglo-Saxon settlement of Berkhamsted.
Chenies Manor House is one of the UK’s finest Tudor Mansion Houses. Steeped in history, the Grade I Listed building is set in Buckinghamshire’s charming estate village of Chenies and overlooks the Chess Valley. It is open to visitors and used as Buckinghamshire’s choice venue for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, events, filming, and guided tours.
Chequers, formally Chequers Court, country house, administrative and historic county of Buckinghamshire, England, situated 30 miles (50 km) northwest of London, the official country residence of the prime ministers of Great Britain. The house is listed Grade I on the National Heritage List for England and is one of the unique attraction in this area.
Mentmore Towers is a 19th-century English country house built between 1852 and 1854 for the Rothschild family in the village of Mentmore in Buckinghamshire. Not abandoned and still in good condition, this Grade I listed building, and its entire estate has passed through so many owners over a two-century period, that it somehow feels detached from the real world.
Milton's Cottage is the only surviving home of the visionary poet and parliamentarian, John Milton and the place where he completed his epic masterpiece, Paradise Lost. Today it is open to the public as a museum. It retains the charm of the 17th century home that Milton would have known whilst housing one of the world’s most important collections relating to the writer on open display.
The Claydon house is a listed Grade I on the National Heritage List for England, and its gardens are listed Grade II on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. It is almost entirely 18th century and was built on a grand scale by Ralph 2nd Earl Verney. Unfortunately, the building and decoration of Claydon ruined Verney, and after the contents of the house were sold in 1783 his niece, who succeeded him, dismantled two-thirds of Robinson’s original scheme, including a grand ballroom and the eq
Cliveden is an English country house and estate in the care of the National Trust in Buckinghamshire, on the border with Berkshire. The Italianate mansion, also known as Cliveden House, crowns an outlying ridge of the Chiltern Hills close to the South Bucks villages of Burnham and Taplow.
The National Trust's Hughenden Manor is the former home of Benjamin Disraeli, located in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. It was originally a farmhouse converted to a gentleman’s residence in 1738. One of the iconic locations and attracts a lot of tourists.
Stowe House is a grade I listed country house in Stowe, Buckinghamshire, England. It is the home of Stowe School, an independent school and is owned by the Stowe House Preservation Trust. Stowe evolved from an English Baroque garden into a pioneering landscape park. It is one of Europe’s most influential landscape gardens that continues to delight visitors today.
Nuffield Place was the home of William Morris, Lord Nuffield, founder of the Morris Motor Car Company. Despite his wealth, Morris chose to live simply and gave away much of his wealth to a variety of philanthropic causes. The house is furnished as Morris and his wife left it, in attractive yet unpretentious 1930s Art Deco style.
Sulgrave Manor was built in 1539 for Tudor wool merchant Lawrence Washington, a direct ancestor of George Washington. It represents a superb example of a small manor house and garden of the Tudor period in England. An Endowment Fund, begun in 1924 by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, assists in the maintenance of the property.
Waddesdon Manor is one of the most extraordinary houses in England, not only for its architecture and luxurious and colourful French interior decor, but also for its collections of superb English portraits and Dutch Old Masters, as well as books, manuscripts and exquisite textiles. Families can explore Waddesdon with seasonal trails and children's activities. There's also a woodland playground that winds through the trees and plenty of space to run around and explore.
West Wycombe House has been the home to the Dashwood family for over 300 years. Set in 45 acres of landscaped park. There is also small temples and follies, which act as satellites to the greater temple, the house. The house is open to the public during the summer months and is a venue for civil weddings and corporate entertainment, which help to fund its maintenance and upkeep.