Instagrammable period properties for your next touring holiday

A section of Bath's Royal Crescent, with blue sky behind

Brits love period properties and in 2023, we made some 5.5 million visits to these buildings across the UK.

Stopping by a heritage building is a popular activity on caravan and motorhome trips, and it’s hard not to be tempted to snap a picture for Instagram.

With this in mind, The Heritage Window Company has put together a list of the UK’s most popular period properties on the image-sharing app.

Great Dixter, near Rye

With some 102,000 followers on Instagram, the East Sussex estate of Great Dixter has been attracting lots of attention.

Consisting of three properties, dating from the 15th century, the 16th century and 1912, there’s plenty to see, as well as the impressive garden.

Tours of the buildings resume from March 26th. Don’t miss the principal private apartment of the mediaeval house, known as the solar, as well as the parlour and great hall.

The Royal Crescent, Bath

Bath’s Royal Crescent, with its distinctive shape, has attracted more than 6,500 posts and often been used as a filming location for period dramas.

Consisting of 30 terraced houses and apartments, fans of Bridgerton and Persuasion will recognise the famous facades.

The perfect Instagram photo is said to be taken from the green opposite the properties, which date from between 1767 and 1774.

Forty Hall, Enfield

Forty Hall is built in the Jacobean style of the 1620s, with a particularly charming aesthetic, set within 273 acres of grounds.

The Grade I-listed manor house’s iconic sash windows make for a stunning period feature and are much photographed in the 23,600 posts on Instagram.

Looking out of them across the pond also makes for a pleasing shot, with the landscape stretching out beyond.

Cardinal’s Hat, Lincoln

While period properties are often found within idyllic countryside, Cardinal’s Hat is a Tudor townhouse right in the heart of Lincoln.

The wide windows of the upper floors offer a bird’s eye view of the streets below, where you can people watch to your heart’s content.

Now converted into a pub, many of the more than 1,000 posts on Instagram are centred around the iconic building’s food.

Brantwood House, Cumbria

With just over 5,000 tagged Instagram posts, Brantwood House could be considered something of a hidden gem.

Once the home of writer and artist John Ruskin, he converted it from a humble cottage into a much larger property after purchasing it in 1851.

The best pictures of the house are those set against its stunning natural setting, as the surrounding woodland imparts a whimsical atmosphere.



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