stately home

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stately home (plural stately homes)

  1. (Britain) Synonym of country house, especially one owned by the aristocracy
    • 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. [...]'