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English Country Houses: Blenheim Palace (1725)

Vast and impersonal country houses, built to create an impression on visitors rather than bestow creature comforts on inhabitants, had been a feature of the English landscape long before Blenheim Palace. Yet this huge complex, the house alone encompassing seven acres of Oxfordshire on completion in 1725, bore comparison with the largest palaces of Europe.

Set to become the historic seat of the Dukes of Marlborough after Queen Anne gifted the manor of Woodstock to the 1st Duke, John Churchill, in 1705, as a reward for his military triumphs, it’s the only English country house — those of bishops aside — that has by longstanding popular consent been accorded the honorific title of palace (it was once described by some as Blenheim Castle).

Travel & Nature: ‘Bladon Lake At Blenheim Palace’ In Woodstock, England

Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house in Woodstock, OxfordshireEngland. It is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England’s largest houses, was built between 1705 and 1722, and designated a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site in 1987.

Crossing The Cotswolds: To Blenheim And Broadway And Back

A brisk 2.9 mile walk (yes, 2.9 miles) in mildly drizzly weather from The Swan Hotel door back to the breakfast room set up a perfect day.

Drove to Blenheim Palace and arrived at the 10:00 am opening time. Gorgeous grounds and gated entrance.

Famed Italian Artist Mauricio Cattelan was featured throughout the Palace and grounds which added to the spectacle.

We entered the palace at 10:30 and were swept up in an amazing tour of the Duke of Marlborough’s residence.

The audio tour was very informative and kept your interest in every room.

Cattelan’s very humorous exhibits were meant to convey the very accidental and interactive nature life and art, with the aim of softening the imposing feel of the castle. Amazing.

The Winston Churchill exhibits at the end were spectacular in breadth and scope.

We left at 1:00 and drove to Broadway and a walk of the very polished town, full of art galleries, custom shops and elite hotels.

A great sandwich and salad at a deli on the Main Street was followed by a drive to the Broadway Tower.

We headed back to Bibury and a glass of Rose in the small park in front of The Swan Hotel.