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Sprawling estates and magnificent castles dot Britain's landscape, passed down from one aristocratic heir or heiress to the next. But life in a stately home isn't quite the fairy tale it's made out to be. Join Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke as she ventures through some of the most storied and remarkable estates in Great Britain. From England's Newby Hall and Holdenby House to Scotland's Inveraray and Floors Castles, this is an all-access look at grand residences and the families who keep their histories alive.

Smithsonian Channel
1 Season, 3 Episodes
April 8, 2020
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  • Julie Montagu visits the 450-year-old Holdenby House and the estate that was once the palace and prison of King Charles I.

  • Floors Castle is the largest inhabited castle in Scotland, a massive and magnificent mansion sitting on approximately 52,000 acres of prime Scottish countryside. Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke crosses the border to visit Guy Innes-Ker, the 10th Duke of Roxburghe, for a personalized tour of the castle's grandest rooms and most fascinating stories.

  • Nestled beside a loch in the Scottish Highlands is Inveraray Castle, a mid-18th century country house that brings in a staggering 130,000 visitors each year. Host Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke travels to a remote corner of Scotland to see how its owners, the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, run their massive castle and sprawling 50,000-acre estate as both a business and private home.

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