Set in the heart of rural Northamptonshire, Lyveden is a remarkable survivor of the Elizabethan age. Begun by Sir Thomas Tresham to symbolise his Catholic faith, Lyveden remains incomplete and virtually unaltered since work stopped on his death in 1605. Explore the mysterious garden lodge, Elizabethan garden with its canals or walk along the Lyveden Way, a circular path through beautiful meadows, woodland and villages.
Kirby Hall is one of England’s greatest Elizabethan and 17th century houses earlier owned by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I.
Boughton House (7.3 miles)
The residence of the Duke of Buccleuch, Boughton House sits at the heart of an energetic country estate in a parkland landscape of rare beauty around which nestle historic picturesque villages. The house offers superb art treasures and armoury, beautiful gardens, gift shop and tea room.
Rockingham Castle (8 miles)
This magnificent castle built on the instruction of William the Conqueror is a traditional castle on the top of Rockingham Hill overlooking the Welland Valley. They hold some wonderful events throughout the year(including the Brigstock Horse Trials 2013) - as well as having magnificient state rooms and formal gardens.
Deene Park (8.3 miles)
Deene Park is a stunning, largely sixteenth century house which encorporates a medieval manor. It was the seat of the Earls of Cardigan, the most famous of which led the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava in 1854.
Fotheringhay Castle (10.9 miles)
Just the earthwork remains of the castle where Mary Queen of Scots was executed and where Richard III was also born. Sandwiched between the River Nene and the Willow Brook, the picturesque village of Fotheringhay has a great pub, The Falcon and a magnificient church.
Elton Hall (11.9 miles)
An extraordinary, romantic, part Gothic house which has been in the Proby family since 1660. The Hall, which stands in the midst of unspoilt landscaped parkland, is surrounded by stunning gardens and there is also a garden centre (and Loch Fyne restaurant over the road).
Rushton Triangular Lodge (12 miles)
This delightful triangular building was designed by Sir Thomas Tresham (father of one of the Gunpowder Plotters) and constructed between 1593 and 1597. It is a testament to Tresham’s Roman Catholicism: the number three, symbolising the Holy Trinity, is apparent everywhere.
Lyddington Bede House (12.4 miles)
Set beside the church of the picturesque ironstone village of Lyddington, Lyddington Bede House originated as the medieval wing of a palace belonging to the Bishops of Lincoln. By 1600 it had passed to Sir Thomas Cecil, son of Queen Elizabeth’s chief minister, who converted it into an almshouse.
Kelmarsh Hall (17.9 miles)
Kelmarsh Hall is a graceful 18th century historic house, set in beautiful romantic gardens and surrounded by its own working estate in the rolling Northamptonshire countryside.
Burghley House (20.2 miles)
Home of the famous Burghley Horse Trails. This grand Elizabethan House completed by William Cecil, Lord Burghley in 1587, has eighteen beautiful staterooms, stunning parkland, sculpture gardens, cafe and Garden of Surprises (water feature garden for the kids).
Cottesbrooke Hall (22.3 miles)
Cottesbrooke Hall is a wonderful Queen Anne house dating from 1702 that contains the renowned Woolavington collection of British Sporting Art and is set in delightful award winning gardens in rural Northamptonshire.