Without a doubt, London is one of those cities in the world that cannot be left untrodden by any tourist. Flamboyant and diverse people, exquisite cuisine (also diverse), fascinating sights, and, of course, marvellous estates reaching far back into the past. It is quite interesting to see how the forefathers of the English have lived in the past centuries and this is precisely why we are going to talk about some of the most exquisite dwellings decorating the mighty capital of the United Kingdom. So, without further ado, let us hop right into it!
1. Charlton House:
Standing as a proud bastion deep within the bounds of the southern district of London, Charlton, the Charlton House is one of the most significant Jacobean structures in the country. In fact, it is considered the most well-preserved edifice pertaining to that architectural style (it isn’t as widespread as the more “mainstream” ones). Built between the years 1607 and 1612, it boasts a great hall, a chapel, a state dining room, a saloon, and even a gallery. What’s interesting about it is that it is attributed to the renowned John Thorpe, one of the most talented English architects at the time of its erection. Some parts, such as the walled gardens for example, have been redesigned by the famous landscape designer Andrew Fisher Tomlin between 2003 and 2004. Another fun fact to know about it is that it used to be a hospital during World War I and that it is listed as a Grade I building within the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.
2. Ranger’s House:
Are you ready to bask in the awesomeness of one of the most awe-inspiring Georgian mansions within the bounds of the United Kingdom (and the world, for that matter)? If you are also fond of the Palladian style (not a style that you see every day), you are most indubitably going to enjoy Ranger’s House located right next to Greenwich Park, within the bounds of the Blackheath district of London. What’s most important about it is that it harbours the Wernher Collection of art since 2002. So it is more like a museum than a dwelling but it still counts (wink)! Oh, and let us not forget about the exquisite rose garden built behind it!
3. Apsley House:
As you may have gathered by now London is a significant hub of awe-inspiring estates and Apsley House (also known as “Number One, London” or the “Wellington Museum”) is just another proof of this. Serving as the London townhouse of the Dukes of Wellington, it is located precisely at Hyde Park Corner, at the south-east corner of Hyde Park – this makes it an excellent place to visit even when you are in need of some recreation. Listed as a Grade I building in the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, it overlooks Wellington Arch and its encircling roundabout majestically. Open to the public as a museum (like the previous estate), it features art pieces, furniture, and even artefacts pertaining to the 1st Duke, the commanding general of the British forces during the Napoleonic Wars.
4. Ashburnham House:
If you are the type of traveller who enjoys good-looking 17th-century estates, then you might come to enjoy London’s scintillating Ashburnham House. Situated proudly on Little Dean’s Yard in Westminster, a well-known place pertaining to the Westminster School since 1882, it reaches hundreds of years back into the past. In fact, recent findings indicate that there has been a structure on the site since the eleventh century. The current incarnation of the structure materialised only after the English Restoration and still bears the architectural intricacies of its era. Also listed as a Grade I building within the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest like the previous buildings, it nearly succumbed to a fire in 1731 that severely damaged the manuscript of Beowulf among others.
Did you enjoy our list? Which of the aforementioned mansions have you seen and what lasting experiences have they left you with? Hit the comment section and tell us all about it! See you next time!