For the purposes of this Database, a country house is generally defined as a manor house, or larger, built since approximately 1500 A.D. At some point in its history the house was the country seat of a landed family that had or has an estate (agricultural land) that served as the center for local community life and may have included a park, village, or other supporting acreage.
Generally, the houses included have a
minimum of five bays, though some smaller houses, lodges, villas, and follies are also
included. In addition, a small percentage of the total are townhouses, ancient castles
(in some cases castles were converted from defensive buildings to
country houses), outbuildings, and gardens;
all of these are usually included because of associations with a country house or a landed family
and are noted with a checkbox attached to the record that states "Not a
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