33. Leith Hill Place
An atmospheric house with panoramic views across the Surrey countryside, Leith Hill Place was the childhood home of one of England’s greatest composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams, who gave it to the National Trust in 1945. His grandparents, Josiah Wedgwood III and Caroline (née Darwin) moved here in 1847 and his great uncle, the famous naturalist Charles Darwin, conducted experiments in the grounds.
For nearly 40 years, Leith Hill Place had been tenanted as a school boarding house, and in summer 2013, was opened to the public for the first time since the 1960s.