Discover the Nations Favourite Stately Home

PUBLISHED: 00:16 13 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:40 20 February 2013

Discover the Nations Favourite Stately Home

Discover the Nations Favourite Stately Home

The recent, overwhelming success of costume drama 'Downton Abbey', and the real star of the programme being the beautiful stately home itself; it led conservation and restoration expert City & Country Group to ask, which is the nations favourite.

With the recent, overwhelming success of ITV Sunday night costume drama Downton Abbey, and the real star of the programme being the beautiful stately home itself; it led conservation and restoration expert City & Country Group to ask, which is the nations ultimate favourite stately home?

City & Country Groups nationwide survey* has revealed that Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is the most-loved, gaining over a quarter of peoples votes. Longleat in Wiltshire came a close second, whilst Chatsworth in Derbyshire ranked third. The Nations Top 10 Stately Homes, according to City & Country Group is as follows:

1. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

2. Longleat, Wiltshire

3. Chatsworth, Derbyshire

4. Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

5. Knole, Kent

6. Petworth, West Sussex

6. Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

6. Lyme Park, Cheshire

9. Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

9. Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

City & Country Group, has developed an outstanding reputation as best in class for the sensitive restoration and regeneration of historic buildings, including the Grade I Listed Balls Park mansion in Hertford, and were inspired to carry out the survey, by the huge surge of interest shown in the imposing Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey was filmed. City & Country hope that by raising awareness of the importance of English country houses and stately homes; as Downton Abbey has done, these buildings will continue to be cherished and supported by the nation.

Helen Moore, Managing Director at City & Country Residential, comments: The stately homes of England are among the countrys finest treasures and there is an extraordinary wealth of them scattered across the English countryside. Coming up with a Top 10 has been a difficult task, because there are so many exceptional buildings to choose from, but we wanted to continue raising awareness of how fortunate we are in Britain to have this wonderful collection of historic assets and urge people to protect them.

Helen continues: At City & Country Group we recognise the importance of these heritage buildings and as responsible developers we seek to ensure that architecturally significant and interesting examples are restored to their former glory, in order that they can be enjoyed by future generations. By giving these buildings a totally new lease of life and converting them into sought-after properties we can secure their long term and sustainable future.

Balls Park is set in 63 acres of picturesque Grade II listed parkland, which features on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Each of the homes will have access to the private gardens and historic parkland, giving purchasers a rare opportunity to live within an historic country mansion without the typical responsibilities of maintaining an estate of its size. The estate has also been used as a location for the films The Young Victoria, Amazing Grace and The Golden Compass, as well as several television series, including Foyles War, The Inspector Linley Mysteries and Bleak House.

Helen continues: As with all of City & Countrys developments, Balls Park is a great example of how we can add a new layer of history by fusing the architecture of the past, with the best of contemporary design. We find that the combination of traditional craftsmanship and high-quality, stylish specification, attracts a wide range of buyers looking for a beautiful home that makes a statement.

Properties in The Stables, the first phase of development at Balls Park, feature beautifully restored sash windows, as well as an abundance of other original features. Bespoke kitchens have been designed for each property and include a range of integrated stainless steel appliances, whilst the bathrooms incorporate white sanitaryware and chrome fittings. Throughout the properties, top quality flooring has been provided including 100% wool carpets, porcelain floor tiles and either engineered oak boards or restored original floorboards.

Balls Park is an exclusive community, and provides the perfect location with Hertford town centre just a short 10-minute walk away, where there are a variety of shops, restaurants and cafs. Whilst Kings Cross, Moorgate and London Liverpool Street are all accessed easily in under 50 minutes by train from Hertford with two separate train lines.

Prices at The Stables at Balls Park currently start from 237,500 for a one bedroom apartment and 365,000 for a two-bedroom apartment. For those keen to find out more about purchasing an exclusive new home in The Stables, the on-site sales suite is open daily between 10am and 5pm. For further information, contact City & Country Group on telephone: 01992 551777 or visit:

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