Things to see & do
Vivid colour outdoors and indoors
It's not your imagination, the light really is different at this time of year. The long, low sunbeams and that golden glow make this gilded season unique.
There's a richness about the colours of autumn that we hope you will enjoy in our houses, gardens and countryside.
From ruby tree canopies to avenues of amber leaves, and golden rooms to emerald closets, find an autumn jewel below...
Colourful stories... Stowe
Sleeping Wood restored
The Sleeping Wood at Stowe, near Buckingham was inspired by Sleeping beauty in the Wood c1697. Recently restored, you can now follow winding paths through shrubberies to discover the remains of a Sleeping Parlour. And until 17 November pick up a Sleeping Beauty parcel to take you along the Path of Vice, passed temples and other surprises, to the wood.
Colourful stories... Mottisfont
Hidden stories brought to life
The team at Mottisfont, near Romsey, in Hampshire, have been working with theatre designers to restore and open the servants’ corridor, maids’ rooms and scullery, taking you into a world below stairs. While the White Bedroom introduces you to life as a weekend guest of former owner and society hostess Maud Russell, who famously kept a pet crocodile.
Colourful stories... Clandon Park
First World War operating theatre
Vsit Clandon Park, near Guildford, in Surrey, and step back 100 years into a re-imagined First World War operating theatre.
The theatre was in the Earl of Onslow's own dressing room. The Cladon team have transformed the room, commissioning replica uniforms and furniture and displaying original nurses' autograph books.
Colourful stories... Scotney Castle
Arthur’s War opens at Scotney Castle
From 9 October
Hidden in Scotney Castle’s attic, a box lay undiscovered for nearly 100 years. When recently found it revealed a treasure trove of memorabilia from an officer during the First World War. You can see Arthur Hussey’s personal diaries, letters, photographs, medals, battle plans and much more in a new, extraordinary exhibition.
Discover the places lived in by our most colouful and famous residents.
- Chartwell, Kent - the home of Winston Churchill and his family
- Bateman’s East Sussex - the home of Rudyard Kipling and his family
- Monk’s House, East Sussex - the home and writing studio of Virginia Woolf
- Claydon House, Bucks - a retreat for Florence Nightingale at her sisters's house
- Hughenden Manor, Bucks - the home of Benjamin Disraeli
- Red House, London - the only house lived in and created by William Morris
Don't miss our top autumn landscapes.
- Sheffield Park & Garden, E Sussex
- Nymans, West Sussex
- Petworth House & Park, W Sussex
- Emmetts Garden, Kent
- Sissinghurst Castle, Kent
- Hindhead Commons, Surrey
- Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey
- Ashridge Estate, Bucks
- Cliveden, Bucks
- Hughenden, Bucks
- Greys Court, Oxon
- Hinton Ampner, Hampshire
- The Vyne, Hampshire
- Osterley Park, West London
Here are a sample of rooms bursting with rich colour.
- Ham House, London - The Green Closet holds a wealth of minature paintings
- Osterley Park, London - The Tapestry Room is a vivid rose colour
- Polesden Lacey, Surrey - The Saloon is gilded in 24 carat gold
- The Vyne, Hants - The China Room houses a jewel-encrusted casket
- Standen, West Sussex - the house is filled with William Morris wallpapers
- Uppark, West Sussex - The Tapestry Room is home to a four-poster crimson bed