North Yorkshire, England

Castle Howard is an English country house in North Yorkshire, England.  For more than 300 years the castle has belonged to the Howard family.

Throughout much of English and later British history,  the Howards have played an important role. Claiming descent from folklore figure Hereward the Wake who resisted the Norman conquest,  John Howard fought to the death at the Battle of the Bosworth Field in defence of the Yorkist cause.  Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, played a significant role in Henrician politics.  Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham, served as Lord Admiral of the English fleet which defeated the invading Spanish Armada.

Castle Howard is not a true castle, but this term is also used for English country houses erected on the site of a former military castle.  Castle Howard was built between 1699 and 1712 to a design by Sir John Vanbrugh.  The site was that of the ruined Henderskelfe Castle, which had come into the Howard family in 1566 through marriage to Lord Dacre’s widow of Thomas, 4th Duke of Norfolk.  The house is surrounded by a large estate which covers over 13,000 acres.  The estate was served by it’s own railway station from 1845 to the 1950’s.  In 1952, the house was opened to the public by then owner, George Howard, Baron Howard of Henderskelfe.  It is currently owned by his son, the Honourable Simon Howard, who grew up at the castle.

In 2003, the grounds were excavated over three days by Channel 4’s Time Team, searching for evidence of a local village lost to allow for the landscaping of the estate.

Castle Howard is one of the largest country houses in England, with a total of 145 rooms.


Related dream homes:

More mansions in this style:


North Yorkshire, England
Celebrity Dream Houses

View amazing celebrity luxury homes and houses from movies that may be for sale or rent. We were the first ever celebrity real estate app, with over 100 high quality celebrity dream homes with prices, descriptions and high resolution photos. See Celebrity Dream Houses

Editor Picks

Editor Picks mansion homes are the most expensive and crazy mansions on the planet. Editor Picks are only for the best of the best multi million dollar mansions for sale and with the most luxurious interior design ever. See Editor Picks


If you like houses, you have to love unique architecture as much as Mansion Homes does. Inside this category, we have some amazing mansions with the coolest architecture with designs that will baffle, amaze and please you. Check out these unique architecture mansion homes. See Architecture

Luxury Beach Homes

Mansion Homes has the most beautiful beach houses and beach mansions for sale including luxury real estate and amazing beach houses for sale. See Luxury Beach Homes

Historic Mansions

Historic mansions are houses that are over at least 100 years old. Some luxury homes are designed to look like older homes, but this category is reserved for mansion homes that are historic and have great stories that go along with them. We have historic mansions for sale as well as historic luxury real estate. See Historic Mansions

Mega Mansions

Mega mansions are any mansion that is significantly larger than most homes. These luxury real estate mega mansions range in square footage, but to be called a mega you should at least have 20,000 square foot of floor space. The largest homes in the United States are over 100,000 square feet! To see some of the most expensive mega mansions in the world you just need to visit this category of mansions. See Mega Mansions

Most Expensive

Here are the most expensive houses and luxury real estate in the world. From the biggest and most expensive cabin mansions, to the most luxurious penthouse in the world. Visit the Most Expensive section to see the most expensive luxury homes in the world, United States and even some states. Here are inside pictures of the most expensive houses in the world. See Most Expensive

Waterfront Mansions

Waterfront homes include lake houses, beach houses and any property that has an amazing view. See Waterfront Mansions

Contemporary Luxury Real Estate

Contemporary design is for real the "right now" style that everyone has got to have! There are tons of luxury real estate contemporary luxury interior design photos inside this Mansion Homes special category. Contemporary is similar to modern, with strong lines, open spaces and geometric shapes. We've found the best contemporary mansions and contemporary luxury real estate. See Contemporary Luxury Real Estate

Penthouses and Condos

Want the location and the luxury but don't want to worry about things like maintenance and upkeep? A luxury penthouse is just the thing for you. We've gathered the most expensive penthouses in the world for you to shop. See Penthouses and Condos

Follow Mansion Homes