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Northamptonshire Country Houses

8 September 2021

3 days from £1,195pp

A Study of the evolution of the English Country house offers a fascinating insight into how changing fashions in architecture and the decorative arts shaped the homes of some of the land’s most influential families. This tour takes in four of Northamptonshire’s finest country houses
  • Stay in the historic Grade I listed Rushton Hall.
  • Private dining in the library room.
  • Visit to Drayton House by special arrangement.
  • Visits to private rooms not normally open to the public during our visits
 
A Study of the evolution of the English Country house offers a fascinating insight into how changing fashions in architecture and the decorative arts shaped the homes of some of the land’s most influential families. This tour takes in four of Northamptonshire’s finest country houses, including Kirby Hall, and Boughton House, Burghley and Drayton House. One of the great Elizabethan houses of England, Kirby Hall was begun in 1570 for Sir Humphrey Stafford, a descendent of the Earls of Stafford, although he died before the house was completed, and it was subsequently sold to Christopher Hatton, a gifted and ambitious courtier of Queen Elizabeth I. Boughton presents a remarkable blend of the intimate and the grand, with its palatial Versailles style frontage added by Ralph, 1st Duke of Montagu in the 1690s. Burghley, one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age.  Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587. The core of Drayton House, built by Simon de Drayton c.1300, still survives, but the house is especially important for its transformation in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1770 the house passed to the Sackville family, when the 1st Viscount Sackville, who served as Secretary of State for America in Lord North’s cabinet during the American War of Independence, took ownership. It remains in his descendants’ hands to this day.

Your Accommodation

Rushton Hall Hotel & Spa

★★★★
Overview
A magnificent Grade I Listed Country House Hotel in Kettering, Rushton Hall is nestled in 25 acres of immaculate grounds and splendid 16th Century surroundings.  Located in the county that boasts the largest number of stately homes in the UK, Rushton Hall offers guests the best of a luxury hotel and historic venue in Northamptonshire.
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • King Size (5ft) Bed
  • En Suite Shower Room or Bathroom
  • Flat Screen TV and Broadband Connection Wi-Fi
  • Hairdryer
  • Penhaligon Toiletries
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Bathrobes and Slippers
  • A turn down service is available in the evening