Historic houses and parklands

Greensand Country’s large number of country estates shaped the landscape and architecture as major landowners established their own stately homes and gardens, deer parks and estate villages. Visit these estates to discover some fascinating history:

Houghton House, built in the Jacobean style for the Countess of Pembroke in 1615. It was designed as a nobleman’s hunting seat with many elegant rooms.

Woburn Abbey

Shuttleworth House, built in 1875, the house is a popular venue for weddings, conferences, team building and as a filming location for period dramas. Open on selected days for public viewing.

Woburn estate, set within 3,000 acres of deer park, visitors can enjoy the awardwinning Woburn Abbey Gardens, Woburn Safari Park, Woburn Golf Club and The Woburn Hotel.

Moggerhanger House, a Grade I listed Georgian historic house, set in 33 acres of parkland and woodland. It is recognised as the most complete surviving work of architect John Soane (1753 – 1837), who is best known for designing the Bank of England. The house is open as a tourist attraction from mid-June to mid-September and free access to the grounds is available throughout the year.