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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review
This is an excellent book for people interested in visiting historic monuments (Houses, castles, gardens etc)
in the UK. A lot of research has been done prior to the publication of this book, and this is reflected in the contents of this book. Each location has a text which describes the features and highlights of each site. Opening hours and charges are listed...
Published on 25 Jan. 2011 by Keith England

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3.0 out of 5 stars Another year, another worthy Hudson's but...
Another year, another worthy Hudson's with 600 pages of beautiful photographs and considerable detail, including opening times and prices, on most (but not all) of Britain's best houses and gardens open to the public. The book is well set out with London having its own section and the rest of the country divided into regions, subdivided in turn into counties. Most...
Published on 14 Jan. 2011 by Derek Jones


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another year, another worthy Hudson's but..., 14 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: Hudson's Historic Houses & Gardens Castles and Heritage Sites 2011 (Paperback)
Another year, another worthy Hudson's with 600 pages of beautiful photographs and considerable detail, including opening times and prices, on most (but not all) of Britain's best houses and gardens open to the public. The book is well set out with London having its own section and the rest of the country divided into regions, subdivided in turn into counties. Most entries give a reference link to maps at the end of the book. It is ideal for a family wanting a day out and wondering where to go and is indispensable for those on a touring holiday and wanting to see the best houses and gardens.

However, people who are not members of the National Trust may be somewhat nonplussed by its entries. Wakehurst Place is the most visited NT property that charges for admission but is not even mentioned whilst Waddesdon Manor (second most visited) has about an inch of print and little detail. Some Trust properties such as Stourhead do have photos and full details but others are like Waddesdon in being very brief (e.g. Mottisfont and The Vyne in Hampshire). The owners of properties pay to have entries in the book, and the Trust has decided that it has less need of publicity in Hudson's than most others. I have no problem with the brevity of some NT entries because I am a member, but those who are not should be aware of this. Of course, one can supplement Hudson's with the excellent NT website for it too lists its properties by counties. Some non NT properties are likewise affected. Property owners have to decide how much information to include based on the price per line they are charged. Inevitably some choose to provide a brief entry to remind people of their existence and ask readers to phone or use the internet for further details. It seems inevitable that fewer and fewer owners of stately homes and gardens will choose to pay to advertise in Hudson's as more and more people rely on websites.

However, in spite of these provisos this is a useful book and good value at the current price. Some may say that it is unnecessary because the information is available on the internet, and others may complain that the information is valid only for the current year. However, it is much easier to use this book than the internet to search for a property to visit. Suppose you live in Kent and decide you want a day out to somewhere you have not visited. It is easy to glance at all the entries in Hudson's spread over a few pages. The alternative is to Google something like "Stately and historic houses and gardens and historic sites in Kent". The websites shown would be a hit and miss affair with many omissions, and it would be time-consuming to trawl through the websites listed. It is true that like any handbook the information in Hudson's is valid only for the current year but one does not need to buy the book every year (I buy it every third year). Though the opening times and prices become out of date one can still look for houses to visit in Hudson's and then check on up-to-date information on a website. It is also a book to browse and dream about places to visit at some future date.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review, 25 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Hudson's Historic Houses & Gardens Castles and Heritage Sites 2011 (Paperback)
This is an excellent book for people interested in visiting historic monuments (Houses, castles, gardens etc)
in the UK. A lot of research has been done prior to the publication of this book, and this is reflected in the contents of this book. Each location has a text which describes the features and highlights of each site. Opening hours and charges are listed. There are extensive colour photographs throughout this guide. Bought at discount through Amazon UK. Ideal guide for planning a day out in the country. Good value for money. Highly Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HANDY REFERENCE GUIDE, 30 April 2011
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We tend to get a new Hudson's guide every 2-3yrs and find it to be a very good reference for the majority of UK historic houses and gardens. It lists houses/gardens by icon for easy reference to check if the property is a National Trust/English Heritage or HHA property etc. It is a better guide than the standard HHA pamphlet if you are a HHA member (which is well worth the annual subscription!). The pictures are good and details in the main are accurate and up to date - the only problem is size and weight and so makes a good coffee table tome! The Amazon price at the time was an excellent saving off the published price so grab yourself a bargain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really useful guide to Stately Homes etc, 21 Sept. 2011
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We saw a 3 year old copy at someone else's house and found it so interesting we had to have a copy of our own.
One major benefit it provides is a coverage of National Trust, English Heritage and the Guild of Private Homes open to the public...

Then to find we could buy the book at a much more attractive price via Amazon!
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1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed, 3 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Hudson's Historic Houses & Gardens Castles and Heritage Sites 2011 (Paperback)
After using the Hudsons guide for many years I must report that the 2012 edition is totally useless as so many National Trust sites are missing. It is therefor no where near a comprehensive guide to the Nation's heritage as the book seems to claims (by implication) on the front cover. I believe this to be very misleading. After contacting the publishers I was informed that only those properties which pay to advertise with Hudsons are included. While this is an entirely reasonable proposition it should be made very clear on the book itself so that purchasers fully understand what they are buying.
What is so disappointing is that while earlier editions were fully comprehnsive making it an invaluable guide , the current edition totally failed to make clear the major changes which render it pretty useless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hudsons Historic Houses and Gardents 2011, 29 Dec. 2010
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This review is from: Hudson's Historic Houses & Gardens Castles and Heritage Sites 2011 (Paperback)
Excellent - very informative. Ideal when booking weekends or holidays in this country to find out what is of interest in the area. This book together with membership to the Historic Houses Association is an excellent combination.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vist places of interest, 24 April 2011
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I find this book useful to plan trips to historic houses and gardens. You can use the internet but this is a good starting place to see what there is in an area. It is also ideal to take with you when you go away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely, 15 Sept. 2011
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this is a really good book if you like touring around
to visit houses. there are some beautiful houses and gardens
in here. strongly recommend, some unknown interesting places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the info you need, 28 April 2011
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Very good, well laid out into regions, informative but not overly so, pick one a weekend to go and see, you have plans for the next 5yr's, highly recommended!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Hudson's let down, 23 April 2011
This review is from: Hudson's Historic Houses & Gardens Castles and Heritage Sites 2011 (Paperback)
WHAT a disappointment compared to the 2009 Hudson's which was the last one I bought. Now half the houses and gardens do not have any opening times or dates, so you have to lug the heavy volume with you to your computer and look up each possible venue to see whether it's open at the date and time you are thinking about. UNFORTUNATELY there is no comparable publication to buy in its place.
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