Enhance your visit with our e-guidebooks
Our property guidebooks are now available for instant download onto your tablet, e-book reader or computer, perfect for discovering the stories of the special places we look after when it suits you. Below is a list of the e-guidebooks that are currently available, but do check back as we’re adding more all the time. You can download all of these titles from Amazon, iBooks and Kobo.
Churchill at Chartwell
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death, our very first e-guidebook explores the great statesman’s home, the place from which he drew inspiration for over four decades from 1924 until his death in 1965.
Little Moreton Hall
‘Logically, it should not be standing up!’
Over the years, this tumbling, timber-framed Tudor Manor has baffled and delighted engineers, artists and visitors alike, many asking the same question – ‘how is it still standing’? This e-guidebook reveals the answer to this and much more. It gives a glimpse into the lives of the Moreton family, who lived and shaped this house over hundreds of years – and who later embarked on an ambitious scheme to restore and conserve the house, work the Trust continues today.
Thomas Barlow built Middlethorpe Hall south of York in the late 1690s. This e-guidebook tells the fascinating story of the William and Mary house from its original creation to its recent renaissance as an award-winning hotel and spa.
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This e-guidebook isn’t just about a building; it’s about the Bedingfeld family which has lived at Oxburgh in Norfolk since the hall was first built in 1482. It tells their story, including their royal connections and unwavering Catholic faith, and features an insight into life at Oxburgh today written by Sir Henry Bedingfeld, 10th Baronet.
This e-guidebook delves into the history of this much-renovated ancient manor house in Warwickshire; the home for over 300 years of an aspirational family of gentleman farmers, until it was sold in 1904 to Black Country industrialist Alfred Ash. Originally a modest Tudor building, the current form and character of Packwood is almost entirely the creation of Alfred's descendant Graham Baron Ash - an aesthete, collector, historian and lifelong bachelor – who modelled Packwood as his ideal of the perfect English Country House.
Since it was built for maritime merchant John Harle in 1729, Rainham Hall has been home to coal traders, a scientist vicar, Vogue photographer Anthony Denney, and even hosted a wartime nursery.
For the very first time, this e-guidebook brings together the life stories of all those who have owned, lived in and shaped Rainham Hall. It also provides an insight into the large-scale conservation project which was completed in 2015 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and explores what the future holds for the Hall and its place at the heart of Rainham village.
Rudyard Kipling at Bateman’s
Rudyard Kipling loved Bateman’s. It was his personal paradise where he wrote some of his most famous works, and enjoyed quiet family life free from the demands of fame. The atmospheric 17th-century house has changed little since his time and nestles modestly in the wooded landscape of the Sussex Weald. This e-guidebook uncovers the lives of the Kiplings and their staff at Bateman's.
Runnymede and Magna Carta
The ‘great charter of liberties’ was sealed by King John at Runnymede in 1215. Released as part of the 800th anniversary celebrations in 2015, this e-guidebook looks at how and why Magna Carta was sealed at Runnymede, its extraordinary legacy and the 1920s campaign to save this special place for everyone.
Stanley Spencer at Burghclere
Sandham Memorial Chapel is Stanley Spencer’s monument to the forgotten dead of the First World War. His epic series of large-scale murals depicts the everyday routine of the soldiers life with an intensely personal religious faith that reaches its triumphant climax in the huge Resurrection of the Soldiers above the altar. Stanley Spencer’s touching murals are widely considered to be his masterpiece. In this e-guidebook all 19 panels are reproduced in colour, together with revealing details of key elements in the scheme, for the first time.
Designed by Ernest Gimson as a holiday home for his brother’s family, Stoneywell is an Arts and Crafts gem. Marking the opening of this charming cottage to the public in February 2015, this e-guidebook reveals the history of a much-loved family home for the first time.
Go on a journey around Stourhead’s famous lake with this e-guidebook, which is full of breath-taking scenes of the Stourhead landscape. It also delves into the history of the Hoare family, founders of Hoare’s Bank, who built the Palladian mansion and created the iconic landscape gardens.
Thomas Hardy’s Homes
Featuring evocative photographs and extracts from his poems, this e-guidebook is an enlightening introduction to Thomas Hardy and the two homes that shaped his life and art – his childhood home in Higher Bockhampton, where he wrote Far From the Madding Crowd, and Max Gate, where he penned Jude the Obscure and Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
Wordsworth House and Garden
William Wordsworth’s love of nature began at the charming Georgian townhouse in Cockermouth where he spent his childhood. This e-guidebook looks at Wordsworth’s early years and the day-to-day lives of the family’s servants together with stories of some of the house’s more recent residents.