Wentworth Woodhouse is a large country house in South Yorkshire, England.

In 2016, Mansions Global describe it as:

the largest private house in the UK

In 2014, Yorkshire Life described it as

the largest privately-owned house in Europe

Visiting Wentworth Woodhouse: The Grand Home of the Earls Fitzwilliam in Yorkshire, dated October 17, 2021 says:

Wentworth Woodhouse is one of the finest Georgian buildings in the United Kingdom and it has the longest façade of any country home in Europe;..


Wentworth Woodhouse was the largest private home in England until it was sold in 2017 to the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust who have been breathing new life into the old house and giving it a new future.

Some of the other very large houses and former houses in the UK include:

And there might be other candidates I haven't listed.

Is/was Wentworth Woodhouse the largest current or former private single family house in the UK?

  • Your Wikipedia link says it is two houses: "Wentworth Woodhouse comprises two joined houses, forming west and east fronts." Commented Nov 8, 2021 at 8:42
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    This might get into semantic arguments over what defines a "private house" or "private home". As well as how "largest" should be measured. Commented Nov 9, 2021 at 14:33
  • @NateEldredge: Yes, in which case we should use the definitions we think the claimants used. (Perhaps explaining that they might be correct using their definitions, but not the definitions the reader might expect, if that is indeed the case here.)
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Nov 9, 2021 at 19:18
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    @quarague Personally, I wouldn't use "house" for any of those things, unless they had previously been a single residence, and even then I would probably expect it to be qualified as "former house" etc; so that part of the definition seems pretty clear to me. I'm less sure on the "private" / "privately-owned" part, though.
    – IMSoP
    Commented Nov 12, 2021 at 17:02
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    @Weather Vane The two parts of Wentworth Woodhouse were built at different times but are connected and have doorways between them. That makes them a single building which was used for a single purpose. I lived in an old stone farmhouse which had a wooden 2 story addition and a little attached greenhouse added to it at various times. It was one house, and Wentworth Woodhouse was also one house on a vastly larger scale. Commented Nov 14, 2021 at 19:28


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