The main difference between a manor house or castle and a stately home is that the latter is much grander and the home of an aristocrat. We have organised some wonderful events at Althorp, which is a glorious stately home set in a 500- acre deer park in Northamptonshire.
Stately homes for centuries played a vital part in the political, artistic and social fabric of our country and it was in these magnificent homes that a lot of the great decisions of the day were made, were the great minds met to discuss new innovations and were artistic leaders showed off their talents. Althorp has played host to everyone from King George V to Oscar Wilde.
There are a handful of homes even grander than stately homes and these like Blenheim attain the title of palace but most of the dukes and other senior aristocrats lived in stately homes like Woburn abbey, Longleat, Bowood, Highclere and Goodwood to name just a few. Most are still owned by the original families who built them over 300 years ago and the fabric of the homes remains much the same.
Of course, the lifestyle depicted in Downton Abbey and other period dramas, where dozens of staff toiled below stairs has rather changed and apart from a very few homes, most grandee families now have no more than a handful of staff and they have to allow far greater public access to their homes. This is partly to honour various tax concessions but mainly to help pay for some of the staggering maintenance costs that these homes incur annually.
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“The Hall was absolutely captivating – the best Christmas party ever. Toby and Jennie were so lovely and so accommodating too! My Chairman and Creative Director have said it was one of their favourite venues for a Xmas party and haven’t stopped saying “thank you” since they got back! That has certainly earned me a bank of brownie points. You have also been a marvel and really saved the day!”
Many stately homes fell into disrepair after the war, either from lack of funds or because they had been used as schools, hospitals and army bases and not very well treated. In the sixties, they were pulling down 2 large houses every week. However happily not only survived but are now thriving and being used for a multitude of different events, weddings, parties and rock festivals. LTR can arrange house parties in a few of these homes and private access to many others for lunches or tours with the owners.
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