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Dunham Massey Hall, Altrincham, Greater Manchester An early Georgian house, Dunham Massey was extensively reworked in the early years of the 20th century. The result is one of Britain’s most sumptuous Edwardian interiors, housing exceptional collections of 18th-century walnut furniture, paintings and Huguenot silver, as well as extensive servants’ quarters.

Tatton Park - Knutsford, Cheshire, EnglandThe stunning Neo-Classical Mansion was constructed in stages between 1780 and 1813 and encompasses lavish staterooms and family memorabilia. It still contains original family furnishings and boasts several pieces of furniture by Gillows of Lancaster, dating from the early 19th century.

Trentingham Manor was inspired by The Vyne, a National Trust property in Hampshire (which I relocated to sit on the banks of the Thames). Built in the early 16th century for Lord Sandys, Henry VIII's Lord Chamberlain, the house acquired a classical portico in the mid–17th century (the first of its kind in England) and contains a grand Palladian staircase, a wealth of old paneling and fine furniture, and a fascinating Tudor chapel with Renaissance glass. It's open April through October.