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Houghton House today is the shell of a 17th century mansion commanding magnificent views, reputedly the inspiration for the â€˜House Beautifulâ€™ in John Bunyanâ€™s Pilgrimâ€™s Progress.
It was built around 1615 for Mary, Dowager Countess of Pembroke, in a mixture of Jacobean and Classical styles: the ground floors of two Italianate loggias survive, possibly the work of Inigo Jones.
Information panels describe the house, its owners and the surrounding hunting estate.