Set in tranquil parklands and ornate gardens, each of the five historic houses of Hidden England is unique and together they offer a thousand years of living history. All are within an hours drive of one another with picturesque towns, delightful villages and magnificent countryside in between.
Close to the A1 and easy to reach from London, the North and the East and West Midlands, Hidden England is easy to get to and a joy to explore.
Belvoir Castle. The Family Home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland. The Castle enjoys breathtaking views over the Vale of Belvoir and costumed guides are on hand to show visitors the impressive collection of period art and furniture.
The grounds around the Castle include a beautiful rose garden and the Duchess's Garden, a fine example of a Victorian valley garden, with many rare species of trees as well as an Edwardian rare daffodil collection. A special welcome for children includes a delightful Regency Nursery and School Room and an adventure playground. There is also an excellent restaurant and gift shop.
Telephone: (01476) 871002
Fax: (01476) 871018
Burghley House. Burghley is one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan age, and has been home to the Cecil Family for over 400 years. A visit to Burghley transports you back through the centuries as you explore the quarter of a mile of staterooms, containing breathtaking painted ceilings by Antonio Verrio, including his Heaven Room and Hell Staircase, over 400 paintings, and a wonderful collection of Japanese porcelain.
In addition to this, to reflect our starring roles in the films Pride and Prejudice and The Da Vinci Code, we will be celebrating the role of the films at Burghley with a costume exhibition of those used in Pride and Prejudice and the launch of The Burghley Code, our very own mystery tour through the seventeenth century Italian paintings on show in our State Rooms.
Telephone: 01780 752451
Fax: 01780 480125
Grimsthorpe Castle Park and Gardens. Built for a visit by Henry VIII in 1541, the imposing Castle sits amongst rolling Lincolnshire countryside surrounded by formal gardens, extensive woodland and a 50-acre lake. The striking North Front is the last work of the Baroque architect Sir John Vanbrugh.
Descendants of the deer that King Henry hunted now roam the parkland, grazing under the ancient oaks. There is the chance to soak up the atmosphere and ˜Spirit of Place' in a Castle that has been home to the same family since 1516 and is filled with fine furniture, paintings and tapestries.
Visitors can enjoy refreshments in the tea room. There is also a shop, family cycle trail, picnic area, adventure playground and ranger service offering tours of the park in a minibus. Dogs (on leads please) are welcome in the park. Special visits for pre-booked groups can also be arranged.
Telephone: 01778 591205
Fax: 01778 591259
Doddington Hall. Doddington Hall is a much loved family home and has never been sold since it was built in 1595 by Robert Smythson, one of England's foremost Elizabethan architects. The mellow brick exterior with its walled courtyards has barely changed while the interior was redecorated in Georgian times in a light and elegant style.
Telephone: 01522 694308