£50 (inc. refreshments & lunch), all day In the heart of the English countryside on the Hampshire/Berkshire border, you’ll find the elegant, but intimate, Stratfield Saye House, home to the Dukes
£50 (inc. refreshments & lunch), all day
In the heart of the English countryside on the Hampshire/Berkshire border, you’ll find the elegant, but intimate, Stratfield Saye House, home to the Dukes of Wellington since 1818.
After the Battle of Waterloo the First Duke of Wellington or the Great Duke as he was universally known, was regarded as the saviour of his country and of Europe. A grateful nation voted a substantial sum of money to enable him to buy a house and an estate worthy of a great national hero. After considering many far grander properties, he chose Stratfield Saye.
Stratfield Saye House does not compare in either size or grandeur with the other great ducal houses and it was the Great Duke’s intention to build a huge palace in the north- east corner of the park, but fortunately the money was not available. He therefore set about making his home convenient and comfortable and, as a very practical man, he was well satisfied with the results.
The House today is lived in by the 9th Duke of Wellington and his family. Whilst the Great Duke’s wonderful collection of pictures are at Apsley House, which was given to the nation by the 7th Duke in 1947, Stratfield Saye House contains a fascinating collection of paintings and furniture purchased by the Great Duke with many mementos of his occupation of his modest country home.
Members to make their own arrangements for transport. Refreshments and lunch are included in this visit. This visit is for members’ only.
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Stratfield Saye House