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11. Burghley House, near Stamford,

on the border of Lincolnshire & Cambridgeshire

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Burghley House is a magnificent 16th-century country house near Stamford in Lincolnshire, England. Burghley House is set in a lovely park laid out by Capability Brown. Burghley House was built for Sir William Cecil, later becoming the 1st Baron Burghley, who was Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1558 and 1587. Burghley House was modelled on the privy lodgings of Richmond Palace and became the residence of his descendants, the earls and, since 1801, the Marquesses of Exeter. However, since 1961 Burghley House has been owned by a charitable trust established by the Cecil family.

The car park of Burghley House ...

 

... from where you walk across the green to Burghley House itself.

 

Some of the parkland surrounding Burghley House.

 

An invitation to explore the Sculpture Gardens of Burghley House.

 

The entrance to the Burghley House itself

 


The Interpretive Centre of Burghley House

The entrance to the interpretative centre and display museum of Burghley House. Before reaching the display room you pass a pair of Falconet light cannons cast and signed by John Owen of Houndsditch, London and dated 1561. The carry the heraldic coat of arms of Sir William Cecil.

 

The interpretation displays of the history of Burghley House and its occupants.

 

The small museum of items associated with Burghley House

 


The Tour of Burghley House

The Stables Yard of Burghley House.

sequence as you go round Burghley House

The original Elizabethan kitchen of Burghley House

 

The magnificent stone vaulting of the kitchen and the cooking equipment of Burghley House.

 

All the doorbells in the kitchen for the many rooms of Burghley House.

 

Looking south out of the windows of Burghley House

 

On the right is the west wing of Burghley House

 

The inner courtyard of Burghley House

 

View of the architecture above the inner courtyard from near the Chapel of Burghley House.

 

The 'dark' Chapel of Burghley House

 

Paintings in the Chapel of Burghley House

 

The interior of the Chapel of Burghley House.

 

Religious paintings in the Chapel of Burghley House.

 

The Billiard Room in Burghley House

 

Paintings on the walls of the Billiard Room of Burghley House

 

Furniture in the Bow Room of Burghley House.

 

The Bow Room furniture in Burghley House

 

The paintings on the walls of the Bow Room in Burghley House.

 

One of the grand paintings in the Bow Room of Burghley House.

 

The Brown Drawing Room of Burghley House

 

Paintings in the Bow Drawing Room of Burghley House.

 

The Black and Yellow Bedroom of Burghley House

 

A fine round table in The Marquetry Room in Burghley House

 

Marquetry detail of the round table.

 

Other items in the Marquetry Room
 

 

Queen Elizabeth I's Bedroom in Burghley House

 

Bed and cabinet in the Blue Silk Bedroom of Burghley House

 

Portrait and tapestry in the Blue Silk Bedroom of Burghley House.

 

Fireplace and paintings in the First George Bedroom of Burghley House.

 

ceiling painting in the First George Room of Burghley House.

 

The First George Room of Burghley House

 

ceiling painting in the First George Room

 

The Second George Room of Burghley House

 

A tapestry and grand four poster bed in the Second George Room of Burghley House.

 

The Third George Room of Burghley House.

 

Ceiling painting in the Third George Room of Burghley House.

 

Fireplace and paintings in the Third George Room of Burghley House.

 

Ceiling painting in the Third George Room of Burghley House.

 

A pair of large 'urns' ? in the Fourth George Room of Burghley House

 

The Fourth George Room in Burghley House

 

Ceiling painting in the Fourth George Room of Burghley House.

 

More details of the ceiling painting in the Fourth George Room of Burghley House.

 

Looking south out of the windows of the Heaven Room onto the gardens of Capability Brown designed for Burghley House.

 

A huge wine cooler in the Heaven Room of Burghley House

 

The wall paintings in the Heaven Room of Burghley House.

 

The ceiling painting in the Heaven Room of Burghley House.

 

The Heaven Room in Burghley House

 

The ceiling of the Heaven Room of Burghley House.

 

The Great Hall of Burghley House with its hammerbeam ceiling

 

The stained glass windows of Burghley Hall

 


Exterior Views and the Grounds of Burghley Hall

The west front of Burghley Hall

 

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Burghley House is quite a piece of architecture!

 

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The north entrance to the west wing of Burghley House

 

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The western ground of Burghley House

 

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The lake and bridge of Burghley House

 

The lake in the grounds of Burghley House

 


The Garden of Surprises

Entrance to the Garden of Surprises of Burghley House

 

The water garden and features of Burghley House.

 

The Copper Tree Fountain in the gardens of Burghley House.

 

Have great fun with the Oak Tree Mirror in the gardens of Burghley House.

 

A water feature in the Water House

 

The Water Column & Hand Pumps and the fountain

 

The Jewelled Moss House in the gardens of Burghley House.

 

A wet way into the paddling pool of Burghley House garden.

 

 

Great fun in the paddling pool.

 

On our way to the Sculpture Garden of Burghley House

 

Quite a variety of sculptures in the lovely expanded 'garden' setting of Burghley House.

 

 

The Burghley House Ice House from the late 18th century

 

Wooden sculpture of tree trunk sections

 

A spiral metal sculpture in the gardens of Burghley House.

 

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A huge face mask sculpture in the sculpture garden of Burghley House.

 

 

 

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The Burghley House Orangery Cafe

The gardens outside of the Orangery

 

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The excellent Orangery cafe of Burghley House.

 

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A very stylish architectural experience when eating in the Orangery cafe of Burghley House

 


Garden Shop and Cafe of Burghley House

The garden shop - garden centre and 2nd cafe outside, and an outside picnic area too.

 

 

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