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England's Thousand Best Houses

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No visitor to Britain?past or present?should be without this glorious guidebook. "England's Thousand Best Houses" is a panorama of an ancient heritage, a compendium of a thousand delightful country houses from all periods?all of which are open to the public. Breathtaking Blenheim Palace, the monumental jewel of Oxfordshire . . . the Duke of Devonshire's opulent Derbyshire ...more
Paperback, 1046 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Penguin Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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I doubt if I shall be reading England's Thousand Best Houses cover to cover, hence reviewing it although admittedly I have only read a small part. I dipped into it for the first time today (17/10/14) to read about Uppark House in Sussex. It did its job marvellously. The information was a nice amount - short enough to be readable in the car en route, but detailed enough to give me an idea of things to look out for when we arrived. Actually, it even contained some details not written on any of the ...more
History and houses, what more could one ask for?
Sep 22, 2014 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a thoughtful gift that had sat too long unopened on my shelves. I am a sucker for 'Best Anything of England or the UK'. I didn't fuss about star ratings or what had been left out or the definition of 'house' or disagree with his stipulation that any house included had to be viewable by the public in some reasonable way even if only by appointment or occasionally. I'm not familiar with Simon Jenkins' journalism generally, I simply knew that he had worked for English Heritage and the Nati ...more
Martine Bailey
This book has just about become my essential guide for visiting the great houses of England. Jenkins' articles always throw some new light onto the architecture of the house and greatly enhance the visit.
Michael Heath-Caldwell
Interesting book on stately homes in the UK.
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Simon Jenkins is the author of the international bestsellers England’s Thousand Best Churches and England’s Thousand Best Houses, the former editor of The Times and Evening Standard and a columnist for the Guardian. He is chairman of the National Trust.
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