4. Highcliffe Castle
Highcliffe Castle is one of the most important surviving homes, boating Romantic and Picturesque architecture, which flourished at the end of the 18th century. The castle’s Gothic revival features and ancient stained glass imported from France make it look much older than it is.
While the castle was built between 1831 and 1836, it was the realization of Lord Stuart de Rothesay’s childhood dream to live upon the cliff-top site overlooking Christchurch Bay. The home was lavishly furnished in an 18th century French style, and remained a family home into the 1950s. Now it is open to the public for tours.