stately home

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stately home (plural stately homes)

  1. (Britain) Synonym of country house, especially one owned by the aristocracy
    • 1937, Noël Coward, Operette:
      The stately homes of England
      How beautiful they stand,
      To prove the upper classes
      Have still the upper hand,
      Tho' the fact that they have to be rebuilt
      And frequently mortgaged to the hilt
      Is inclined to take the guilt
      Off the gingerbread.
    • 1967, The Kinks, Sunny Afternoon:
      The tax man's taken all my dough
      And left me in my stately home
      Lazing on a sunny afternoon
    • 2012, Andrew Martin, Underground Overground: A passenger's history of the Tube, Profile Books, →ISBN, pages 266-267:
      'There's just something nice about the idea that you can move without being seen - that you can go down there and come up here. I grew up in a stately home,' he continued without a trace of boastfulness, 'and there actually was a secret passage. [...]'