National Geographic : 1956 Feb
Open invitation to 200 stately British homes YOU'VE PICNICKED in the park and caught glimpses of the deer. You've strolled through the Orangery and the gardens. You're visiting Chatsworth, ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire - and now you're inside the house, about to go up the grand staircase. Fantastic? Not at all. The lodge gates are open all over Britain now. The welcome mats are out. For 350 you can visit any one of 200 great houses; your shillings help keep the ancient roofs in re pair and the taxes paid. Often the owner will meet you at the door and take you round himself. Unlike European nobil ity, the English aristocracy have always lived on their estates. That's why their houses are such fun to visit. They're homes, not musty museums. You'll see the family's 16th century prayer books and Chip pendale cabinets. Or Gainsbor ough portraits of the owner's ancestors. Or even an ancestor himself-many of these ancient houses are haunted. To find out how to see these historic British houses, and their beautiful gardens, write to Brit ish Travel Association, Box 184, 336 Madison Ave., N. Y. C. And talk plans with your Travel Agent.