country house

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country house (plural country houses)

  1. (Britain) A weekend and holiday residence, located outside of urban areas, used as a retreat from city life.
    • 1909, Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband, Act 3:
      One of those utterly tedious amusements one only finds at an English country house on an English country Sunday. I don't think any one at all morally responsible for what he or she does at an English country house.
  2. (US) A second home.