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Dromoland Castle
Dromoland Castle

Dromoland Castle

Dromoland Castle, near Newmarket-on-Fergus in County Clare, Ireland, was built between the 15th and 16th centuries and once belonged to the Earl of Thomand. Today, it’s renowned for its golf course and Michelin-starred restaurant. 960 1280

Dromoland Castle  

Dromoland Castle

Dromoland Castle

The luxurious 5-star Dromoland Castle features Queen Anne staterooms and suites, complete with bathrobes, slippers and room service. Just call down for champagne, chocolates, or even fresh flowers and they’ll be whisked up to your room immediately. 960 1280

Dromoland Castle  

The Culloden Estate and Spa

The Culloden Estate and Spa

The Culloden Estate and Spa in Belfast, Ireland, was built in 1876 with stone brought over by boat from Scotland. In the 19th century, it was passed down by the original owners of the estate to the Church of Ireland Bishop of the Diocese and became known as the "Bishop’s Palace." 960 1280

Hasting Hotels / Culloden Estate  

The Culloden Estate and Spa

The Culloden Estate and Spa

Join other guests of the hotel in Culloden’s drawing room for tea and sandwiches, admire the 12 acres of secluded gardens, or pop by the spa for a fresh smoothie and holistic treatment. 960 1280

Hasting Hotels / Culloden Estate  

Cliveden House

Cliveden House

Cliveden House in Berkshire, England, has been host to many of the politically powerful since 1666, when it was first built by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham to entertain his mistress. Guests to the hotel are still greeted today by the Fountain of Love, commissioned in 1897 for the garden. 960 1280

Cliveden House & Pavilion Spa  

Cliveden House

Cliveden House

This French dining room at Cliveden House was constructed in 1897 to match Madame de Pompadour's 18th-century dining room at the Chateau d'Asnieres. It’s available to rent for private lunches or dinners -- if a meal at the Michelin-starred chef Andre Garrett’s restaurant is a bit too pedestrian. 960 1280

Cliveden House & Pavilion Spa  

The Castle Hotel & Spa

The Castle Hotel & Spa

The Castle Hotel & Spa is an oasis on this side of the Atlantic in Tarrytown, NY. Built between 1897 and 1910 by General Howard Carroll, the castle was originally called Carrollcliffe. In 1997, it was transformed into the lavish hotel and spa it is today. 960 1280

Castle Hotel & Spa  

The Castle Hotel & Spa

The Castle Hotel & Spa

With its 40-foot vaulted ceilings, Gothic stained-glass windows and crystal chandeliers, the Great Hall at the Castle Hotel & Spa is available for weddings and other events. Your guests will be glad to take in a massage at the THANN Sanctuary before diving into their goose-down beds. 960 1280

Castle Hotel & Spa  

Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa

Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa

Austria’s Schloss Fuschl Resort & Spa is like a castle right out of a fairytale, perched on the edge of Lake Fuschl. Its history goes back to the year 1450 when it was built as a hunting lodge, and in 1947, it became a first-class hotel. 960 1280

Schloss Fischl Betriebe GmbH  

Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa

Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa

Schloss Fuschl’s wine cellar is an intimate place to enjoy a little fondue along with their wide selection of red and white wines. Take your wine out to the terrace to enjoy the sunset over Lake Fuschl. 960 1280

Schloss Fuschl Betriebe GmbH  

Grand Hotel Dei Castelli

Grand Hotel Dei Castelli

The Grand Hotel Dei Castelli in the town of Sestri Levante, Italy, was built between 1925 and 1929 when the peninsula was bought by a financier for his villa. It was transformed into a hotel full of history and art in 1950. 960 1280

Grand Hotel dei Castelli - Sestri Levante  

Grand Hotel Dei Castelli

Grand Hotel Dei Castelli

Known as the "pool of castles," this natural swimming pool forms right below the grounds of the Grand Hotel Dei Castelli and stretches out into the open Mediterranean waters. Grab a cocktail at the beach bar before braving the rocks or lie beneath an umbrella on the sandy part of the pool’s beach. 960 1280

Grand Hotel dei Castelli - Sestri Levante  

Castello Chiola

Castello Chiola

On the highest hill in the small, medieval town of Loreto Aprutino, Italy, sits the Castello Chiola, dating back to the year 864. Its 36 spacious rooms have been renovated with every modern convenience, all situated in historic, ancient elegance. 960 1280

Castello Chiola  

Castello Chiola

Castello Chiola

Back in the day, the celliere, or cellar, at the Castello Chiola was where the poor travelers would gather for wine, fruit and maybe bread, before heading back out on their journey. Now the cellar has been transformed into a modern restaurant embracing simple food in the tradition of the Italian region of Abruzzo. 960 1280

Castello Chiola  

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

In 15th-century Scotland, the 10-year-old King James ruled an unstable kingdom plagued by political tensions and rivalries, and a dinner party held at Edinburgh Castle was the legendary setting for an act so shocking and brutal that it still resonates in Scotland to this day. 960 1280

  

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Head to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, for a tour of the ancient castle full of Scottish history. The stained glass windows seen here can be found in the Great Hall, which was completed in 1511 and is renowned for its beautiful Hammerbeam roof. 960 1280

  

Seward House

Seward House

The stately Seward House in Auburn, NY, was the home of Abraham Lincoln’s Secretary of State and one of his closest advisors, William Seward. At the close of the Civil War in 1865, William Seward survived a grisly attack that may have been part of the same conspiracy that took President Lincoln’s life. 960 1280

  

Seward House

Seward House

The Seward House is now home to the Seward House Museum, which documents the life of the Secretary of State. The house is preserved with the original furnishings, belongings and artwork that belonged to the Seward family. 960 1280

  

Mondragone Villa

Mondragone Villa

When the Polish antiquarian Wilfred Voynich discovers a strange manuscript filled with cryptic words and images in the Villa Mondragone in Italy, he is convinced he has discovered a rare and valuable artifact. 960 1280

  

Mondragone Villa

Mondragone Villa

Villa Mondragone is located about 12 miles southeast of Rome, and served as a temporary home for a few popes in the 16th and 17th centuries. It’s currently owned by the University of Rome Tor Vergata. 960 1280

  

Searles Castle

Searles Castle

In the Western Massachusetts town of Great Barrington, the blue dolomite mansion known as Searles Castle was commissioned by the wealthy widow Mary Hopkins. The man she hired to create it was Edward Searles, a charming interior designer, who the widow Mary would eventually marry. 960 1280

  

Searles Castle

Searles Castle

Searles Castle has 40 rooms, 36 fireplaces, 7 stories and even a dungeon-style basement. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it has changed hands several times since Searles’ death in 1920. 960 1280

  

Danesfield House

Danesfield House

About 35 miles from London, a country estate known as Danesfield House was a haven for British intelligence agents during World War II. It was here in 1943, that a young female analyst named Constance Babington Smith made a crucial discovery about the Nazi war machine, which would change the course of the conflict in Europe. 960 1280

  

Danesfield House

Danesfield House

Once a country house and wartime military base, Danesfield House has found another life as a luxury hotel and spa, complete with a pool, first-class dining and an unparalleled garden. 960 1280

  

Gradara Castle

Gradara Castle

Along the picturesque shoreline of Northeast Italy, Gradara Castle was the setting for a legendary episode from the 13th century, in which the beautiful Francesca Da Polenta was promised in marriage to the eldest son of the Malatesta clan. But when Francesca began a love affair with the brother of her new husband, the result was a tragedy immortalized in Dante’s Divine Comedy. 960 1280

  

Gradara Castle

Gradara Castle

A fortress on a hill, Gradara Castle and the town surrounding it are enclosed by 2 city walls. But despite its imposing appearance, the castle and its grounds are open for guided tours and cultural events. 960 1280

  

Cromer Hall
Cromer Hall

Cromer Hall

When famous writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, visited the coastal area of eastern England and dined with the owner of Cromer Hall, he was motivated to revive his most well-known literary character, Sherlock Holmes. 960 1280

  

Cromer Hall

Cromer Hall

For generations, the area of England where Cromer Hall is located has been rumored to be haunted by a ferocious wild dog. This piece of folklore inspired Doyle to write The Hound of the Baskervilles. 960 1280

  

Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst

The Lyndhurst estate in Tarrytown, NY, sits on 67 acres by the Hudson River. The estate was last owned by railroad tycoon, Jay Gould, who was known as the “Wizard of Wall Street.” 960 1280

  

Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst

But Gould met his match when he encountered a charming Scottish aristocrat with a surprise up his sleeve. Gould would regret this ill-fated friendship for the remainder of his life in this sprawling country estate. 960 1280

  

Colditz Castle

Colditz Castle

High on a hilltop in central Germany stands the massive white-washed edifice of Colditz Castle, located not far from Dresden and haunted by its Nazi history. 960 1280

  

Colditz Castle

Colditz Castle

During World War II, Colditz Castle served as a prisoner-of-war camp where the Nazis guarded their most incorrigible inmates. It was also the location of one of the most daring prison breaks during the war. 960 1280

  

Rennes-le-Chateau

Rennes-le-Chateau

In the small French village of Rennes-le-Chateau, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene was the parish of 19th-century priest, Bérenger Saunière, who claimed to have found a buried treasure. 960 1280

  

Rennes-le-Chateau

Rennes-le-Chateau

Saunière funded the building of this orangery, or greenhouse, and a connected tower as a residence for retired priests, but how did the priest afford such a lavish project? 960 1280

  

Rennes-le-Chateau

Rennes-le-Chateau

More than a century later, people continue to visit Rennes-le-Chateau to stay in villas such as this one and to continue to search for buried treasure. 960 1280

  

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

The small town of Berkeley Springs, WV, became the unlikely setting for a fairy tale castle when a Southern belle built a home there, thanks to the generosity of her much older husband. But her husband then met a suspicious demise. 960 1280

  

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

Also known as the Samuel Taylor Suit Cottage, Berkley Springs Castle once saw many extravagant parties. Now a National Historic Site, rumors abound that the castle is haunted by numerous spirits. 960 1280

  

Marble House

Marble House

This magnificent Newport, RI, mansion, Marble House, became the setting for an epic family quarrel. 960 1280

  

Marble House

Marble House

Built between 1888 and 1892 by Mr. William K. Vanderbilt for his wife’s birthday, Marble House was the family’s “summer cottage.” But Mrs. Vanderbilt was a ruthless social climber who would stop at nothing to reach the pinnacle of East Coast society. 960 1280

  

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House, named for its 500,000 cubic feet of marble, is now a National Historic Landmark and continues to be a hallmark of wealth in America. 960 1280

  

Highclere Castle's saloon
Highclere Castle's saloon

Highclere Castle's saloon

A view of the saloon -- a room for socializing, set in the center of the house -- in Highclere Castle in Newbury, England. The ancestral home of the Carnarvon family since 1679, the castle has recently been made famous as the setting for the hugely popular TV series, Downton Abbey. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images  

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

This entrance hall leads into the saloon, which is decorated in a gothic style with ornate decoration, including leather wall coverings. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images  

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

A view of the music room in Highclere Castle. Sitting on 1,000 acres of beautifully landscaped land and gardens, the castle is open in the summer months to visitors. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images  

Highclere Castle's music room

Highclere Castle's music room

The ceiling of the music room, seen here reflected in the mirror, was painted in the 1730s by English painter and one of the founding members of the Royal Academy of Arts, Francis Hayman. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images  

Highclere Castle's music room

Highclere Castle's music room

Italian 16th-century tapestries hang in Highclere’s music room. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images  

Highclere Castle's drawing room

Highclere Castle's drawing room

This photo of Almina Wombwell sits in the drawing room, which is decorated with bolts of green French silk given to Almina by her banking tycoon father, Alfred de Rothschild. She became the lady of Highclere Castle when she married the 5th Earl of Carnarvon in 1895. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images  

Highclere Castle's library

Highclere Castle's library

The Earl's desk is displayed in the castle’s library. An active Tory in Parliament, the 4th Earl of Carnarvon would retreat here in what has been nicknamed the “withdrawing room.” In Downton Abbey, Lord Grantham can often be found in this room, mulling over papers and fretting about the future of the estate. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images  

Highclere Castle's library

Highclere Castle's library

This hidden door leads from the library to the music room. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd  

Highclere Castle's library

Highclere Castle's library

There are over 5,600 books stored in Highclere’s library, with the earliest dating back to the 16th century. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images  

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

These bells were used to summon the servants, with each bell corresponding to a different room in the castle. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images  

Highclere Castle's Oak Staircase

Highclere Castle's Oak Staircase

The Oak Staircase was designed by English architect and artist, Thomas Allom, who is also known for his work with Sir Charles Barry in designing the Houses of Parliament. The staircase took a year to carve and install. Downton Abbey fans will fondly recall Lady Mary descending this staircase in her wedding dress, on her way to exchange vows with Matthew Crawley. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd  

Highclere Castle's dining room

Highclere Castle's dining room

Found in the castle’s dining room are a series of portraits, including, most notably, the equestrian portrait of Charles I by Sir Anthony van Dyck, a Flemish artist who became England’s leading court painter. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd  

Highclere Castle's Red Staircase

Highclere Castle's Red Staircase

The Red Staircase, leading to the second floor and what was once the nurseries, is the other main staircase in Highclere Castle that is used by the family. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images  

Highclere Castle's Mercia bedroom

Highclere Castle's Mercia bedroom

On the first floor alone, there are 11 bedrooms and between 40 and 50 throughout the rest of the castle. The Mercia bedroom, seen here, is decorated with 18th-century silks. Downton Abbey fans may recognize the bedroom as belonging to Cora, the Countess of Grantham (although the Earl of Grantham is known to sneak in after the ladies’ maids and butlers have gone to bed). 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images  

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle

Highclere Castle was remodeled for the 3rd Earl in 1839 by Sir Charles Barry after he finished the Houses of Parliament. Barry described the castle’s architecture as Anglo-Italian. 960 1280

Allan Baxter/Getty Images  

Karlsruche Castle
Karlsruche Castle

Karlsruche Castle

Built in 1715 in Karlsruche, Germany, this ancient castle sits at the center of the city with 32 streets radiating out from it, like spokes on a wheel, and was the seat of power for the Grand Dukes of Baden. 960 1280

  

Karlsruhe Castle

Karlsruhe Castle

But just 150 miles from Karlsruhe Castle, a young boy was found claiming to have spent his life there, locked in a windowless cell. Just who was this boy, named Kaspar Hauser, and how was he connected to the Grand Dukes of Baden? 960 1280

  

Chateau de Moilans

Chateau de Moilans

The Chateau de Moilans, in the South of France, seems to be impenetrable with its double moat, thick walls, and dungeon sitting at more than 75 feet high with 3 turrets. 960 1280

  

Chateau de Moilans

Chateau de Moilans

In the 16th century, the chateau passed from its original owners, the Miolans family, to the powerful house of Savoy, who converted the fortress into a prison. And the jail's most famous inmate was a controversial literary giant. 960 1280

  

Chateau de Moilans

Chateau de Moilans

It was in this prison that the notorious Marquis de Sade found himself after a party in 1772 that got a little too out of control ... and landed him an accusation of attempted murder. 960 1280

  

Morris-Jumel Mansion

Morris-Jumel Mansion

In Manhattan sits a Palladian-style manor inspired by ancient Greek temples: the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Today, the mansion is preserved as a museum, but in its heyday, it served as George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 960 1280

  

Morris-Jumel Mansion

Morris-Jumel Mansion

Many of the home's original details remain, including 18th century stained glass, an octagonal sitting room, and a bed said to have been a gift from Napoleon. And when a séance is held inside the mansion, the owner appears from the beyond. 960 1280

  

Vanderbilt Mansion

Vanderbilt Mansion

This 24-room, Spanish-style villa in Centerport, NY, was designed by the same architectural firm that built Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal. And it was once home to one of the most famous and powerful families in American history, the Vanderbilts. 960 1280

  

Vanderbilt Mansion

Vanderbilt Mansion

The Vanderbilt Museum, which sits on the family’s 43-acre estate named the Eagle’s Nest, houses William K. Vanderbilt II’s marine, natural history and ethnographic collections. Visit the museum for a “living tour” where guides bring the home to life with a performance taking visitors back in time. 960 1280

  

Thrumpton Hall

Thrumpton Hall

Dating back to the 16th century, this 300-acre sprawling estate in the rolling hills of Nottinghamshire in central England is the red-brick English manor house known as Thrumpton Hall. 960 1280

  

Thrumpton Hall

Thrumpton Hall

Inside, the home boasts a magnificent library, and the windows display the coats of arms of the families who once inhabited these halls. But over 4 centuries ago, Thrumpton's occupants became entwined in a secret plot to strike a fatal blow to the English monarchy. 960 1280

  

Tower of London

Tower of London

Standing proudly on the north bank of the River Thames is an iconic fortress -- the Tower of London. Built in 1066 as a royal residence, it's where the crown jewels are held securely for the monarch. 960 1280

  

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Dromoland Castle

Dromoland Castle

Dromoland Castle, near Newmarket-on-Fergus in County Clare, Ireland, was built between the 15th and 16th centuries and once belonged to the Earl of Thomand. Today, it’s renowned for its golf course and Michelin-starred restaurant. 960 1280

Dromoland Castle  

Dromoland Castle

Dromoland Castle

The luxurious 5-star Dromoland Castle features Queen Anne staterooms and suites, complete with bathrobes, slippers and room service. Just call down for champagne, chocolates, or even fresh flowers and they’ll be whisked up to your room immediately. 960 1280

Dromoland Castle  

The Culloden Estate and Spa

The Culloden Estate and Spa

The Culloden Estate and Spa in Belfast, Ireland, was built in 1876 with stone brought over by boat from Scotland. In the 19th century, it was passed down by the original owners of the estate to the Church of Ireland Bishop of the Diocese and became known as the "Bishop’s Palace." 960 1280

Hasting Hotels / Culloden Estate  

The Culloden Estate and Spa

The Culloden Estate and Spa

Join other guests of the hotel in Culloden’s drawing room for tea and sandwiches, admire the 12 acres of secluded gardens, or pop by the spa for a fresh smoothie and holistic treatment. 960 1280

Hasting Hotels / Culloden Estate  

Cliveden House

Cliveden House

Cliveden House in Berkshire, England, has been host to many of the politically powerful since 1666, when it was first built by the 2nd Duke of Buckingham to entertain his mistress. Guests to the hotel are still greeted today by the Fountain of Love, commissioned in 1897 for the garden. 960 1280

Cliveden House & Pavilion Spa  

Cliveden House

Cliveden House

This French dining room at Cliveden House was constructed in 1897 to match Madame de Pompadour's 18th-century dining room at the Chateau d'Asnieres. It’s available to rent for private lunches or dinners -- if a meal at the Michelin-starred chef Andre Garrett’s restaurant is a bit too pedestrian. 960 1280

Cliveden House & Pavilion Spa  

The Castle Hotel & Spa

The Castle Hotel & Spa

The Castle Hotel & Spa is an oasis on this side of the Atlantic in Tarrytown, NY. Built between 1897 and 1910 by General Howard Carroll, the castle was originally called Carrollcliffe. In 1997, it was transformed into the lavish hotel and spa it is today. 960 1280

Castle Hotel & Spa  

The Castle Hotel & Spa

The Castle Hotel & Spa

With its 40-foot vaulted ceilings, Gothic stained-glass windows and crystal chandeliers, the Great Hall at the Castle Hotel & Spa is available for weddings and other events. Your guests will be glad to take in a massage at the THANN Sanctuary before diving into their goose-down beds. 960 1280

Castle Hotel & Spa  

Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa

Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa

Austria’s Schloss Fuschl Resort & Spa is like a castle right out of a fairytale, perched on the edge of Lake Fuschl. Its history goes back to the year 1450 when it was built as a hunting lodge, and in 1947, it became a first-class hotel. 960 1280

Schloss Fischl Betriebe GmbH  

Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa

Schloss Fuschl Resort and Spa

Schloss Fuschl’s wine cellar is an intimate place to enjoy a little fondue along with their wide selection of red and white wines. Take your wine out to the terrace to enjoy the sunset over Lake Fuschl. 960 1280

Schloss Fuschl Betriebe GmbH  

Grand Hotel Dei Castelli

Grand Hotel Dei Castelli

The Grand Hotel Dei Castelli in the town of Sestri Levante, Italy, was built between 1925 and 1929 when the peninsula was bought by a financier for his villa. It was transformed into a hotel full of history and art in 1950. 960 1280

Grand Hotel dei Castelli - Sestri Levante  

Grand Hotel Dei Castelli

Grand Hotel Dei Castelli

Known as the "pool of castles," this natural swimming pool forms right below the grounds of the Grand Hotel Dei Castelli and stretches out into the open Mediterranean waters. Grab a cocktail at the beach bar before braving the rocks or lie beneath an umbrella on the sandy part of the pool’s beach. 960 1280

Grand Hotel dei Castelli - Sestri Levante  

Castello Chiola

Castello Chiola

On the highest hill in the small, medieval town of Loreto Aprutino, Italy, sits the Castello Chiola, dating back to the year 864. Its 36 spacious rooms have been renovated with every modern convenience, all situated in historic, ancient elegance. 960 1280

Castello Chiola  

Castello Chiola

Castello Chiola

Back in the day, the celliere, or cellar, at the Castello Chiola was where the poor travelers would gather for wine, fruit and maybe bread, before heading back out on their journey. Now the cellar has been transformed into a modern restaurant embracing simple food in the tradition of the Italian region of Abruzzo. 960 1280

Castello Chiola  

Karlsruche Castle

Karlsruche Castle

Built in 1715 in Karlsruche, Germany, this ancient castle sits at the center of the city with 32 streets radiating out from it, like spokes on a wheel, and was the seat of power for the Grand Dukes of Baden. 960 1280

  

Karlsruhe Castle

Karlsruhe Castle

But just 150 miles from Karlsruhe Castle, a young boy was found claiming to have spent his life there, locked in a windowless cell. Just who was this boy, named Kaspar Hauser, and how was he connected to the Grand Dukes of Baden? 960 1280

  

Chateau de Moilans

Chateau de Moilans

The Chateau de Moilans, in the South of France, seems to be impenetrable with its double moat, thick walls, and dungeon sitting at more than 75 feet high with 3 turrets. 960 1280

  

Chateau de Moilans

Chateau de Moilans

In the 16th century, the chateau passed from its original owners, the Miolans family, to the powerful house of Savoy, who converted the fortress into a prison. And the jail's most famous inmate was a controversial literary giant. 960 1280

  

Chateau de Moilans

Chateau de Moilans

It was in this prison that the notorious Marquis de Sade found himself after a party in 1772 that got a little too out of control ... and landed him an accusation of attempted murder. 960 1280

  

Morris-Jumel Mansion

Morris-Jumel Mansion

In Manhattan sits a Palladian-style manor inspired by ancient Greek temples: the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Today, the mansion is preserved as a museum, but in its heyday, it served as George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 960 1280

  

Morris-Jumel Mansion

Morris-Jumel Mansion

Many of the home's original details remain, including 18th century stained glass, an octagonal sitting room, and a bed said to have been a gift from Napoleon. And when a séance is held inside the mansion, the owner appears from the beyond. 960 1280

  

Vanderbilt Mansion

Vanderbilt Mansion

This 24-room, Spanish-style villa in Centerport, NY, was designed by the same architectural firm that built Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal. And it was once home to one of the most famous and powerful families in American history, the Vanderbilts. 960 1280

  

Vanderbilt Mansion

Vanderbilt Mansion

The Vanderbilt Museum, which sits on the family’s 43-acre estate named the Eagle’s Nest, houses William K. Vanderbilt II’s marine, natural history and ethnographic collections. Visit the museum for a “living tour” where guides bring the home to life with a performance taking visitors back in time. 960 1280

  

Thrumpton Hall

Thrumpton Hall

Dating back to the 16th century, this 300-acre sprawling estate in the rolling hills of Nottinghamshire in central England is the red-brick English manor house known as Thrumpton Hall. 960 1280

  

Thrumpton Hall

Thrumpton Hall

Inside, the home boasts a magnificent library, and the windows display the coats of arms of the families who once inhabited these halls. But over 4 centuries ago, Thrumpton's occupants became entwined in a secret plot to strike a fatal blow to the English monarchy. 960 1280

  

Tower of London

Tower of London

Standing proudly on the north bank of the River Thames is an iconic fortress -- the Tower of London. Built in 1066 as a royal residence, it's where the crown jewels are held securely for the monarch. 960 1280

  

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