The enormous popularity of period costume dramas
set in the English countryside has led to huge interest in the real-life
stories of the amazing homes that dot the landscape and often serve as the
settings for these lush productions. This new five-part series explores four of
the best-known and most-storied homes in England, and provides a primer for understanding the inner workings of the
British manor houses in the early 20th century, revealing the
gorgeous décor and furnishings of the homes as well as the incredibly rich
history of their occupants.
Secrets of Highclere Castle Home of the Earl and
Countess of Carnarvon, this castle is best-known as the setting for the
immensely popular drama Downton Abbey.
Secrets of Henry
VIII's Palace Originally built for Henry
VIII’s confidant, Cardinal Wolsey, this house is said to be haunted by the ghost
of the executed Anne Boleyn.
Chatsworth The seat of the Duke of Devonshire, and home to his family since Bess of Hardwick
settled at Chatsworth in 1549.
Secrets of Althorp -
The Spencers Childhood home of Princess
Diana, this estate is the family seat of the Spencers.
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