BURGHLEY HOUSE AND GROUNDS
THE GRANDEST OF THE ELIZABETH PRODIGY HOUSES IN ONE OF THE MOST PERFECT LANDSCAPE SETTINGS CREATED BY CAPABILITY BROWN
House: Burghley was the first and is the only survivor of two great mansions created by William Cecil, 1st Lord Burghley, who was Elizabeth I’s Lord High Treasurer and Chief Minister for 4 decades until his death in 1598. Although the Kitchen and Great Hall date from the original building, internally the house was largely made over at the end of the C17 and this is the predominant style of the magnificent suite of rooms on the first floor including the famous Heaven and Hell Rooms.
Garden: We shall have a guided tour led by the Head Gardener which will include the private South Terrace with its enticing view down Brown’s lake to his elegant Lion Bridge in the distance. In addition our tour will include the two modern gardens at Burghley: the Contemporary Sculpture Garden created in 1994 in a fine setting alongside the upper arm of the lake; and the Garden of Surprises, which is a modern interpretation by George Carter of the garden of Cecil’s long-vanished other house, Theobalds, in Hertfordshire, in which water features prominently in unexpected ways.