Tues 18 April (all day), £70 (incl lunch)
Stratfield Saye has been home to the Dukes of Wellington since 1817. The Manor of Stratfield Saye was created by the joining of two older manors. The estate was sold to the nation in 1817, in order that it could be given by a grateful nation to the victorious Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. They gave 600,000 pounds for the construction of a splendid Waterloo Palace to rival the magnificence of Blenheim Palace, home of the Dukes of Marlborough. Farley Hall is a large 18th-century grade I listed country house in the English village of Farley Hill, Berkshire. The Hall was built in 1729 for John Walter. The estate is bordered on three sides by tributaries of the River Thames and is currently owned by the fifth Viscount Bearsted and his family.