From grand historic houses through to smaller significant dwellings there is a lot to explore in the Nene Valley.
One of England’s greatest Elizabethan houses, built in the hope of receiving Queen Elizabeth 1 on one of her annual ‘progresses’ around the country. Explore the Great Garden, laid out in elaborate and intricate ‘cuwork’ parterres.
Deene, near Corby, NN17 3EN
The gatehouse, chapel and other remains of a communal residence for priests serving the parish church, founded by locally-born Archbishop Chichele before 1425. Regularly used to display works of art.
College Street, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, NN10 8DZ
Northamptonshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, Boughton began as a Tudor building and was transformed into the “English Versailles”. The outstanding collection of fine arts within the house is complemented by the Grade One listed historic landscape.
Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 1BJ
Surrounded by park and beautiful gardens with long borders, roses and specimen trees, this Tudor and Georgian mansion has been the home of the Brudenell family since 1514, including the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the Charge of the Light Brigade.
Built by Sir John Knyvett, Lord Chancellor to Edward III, Southwick Hall dates from the 14th century. As a family manor house with Tudor rebuilding and Georgian and Victorian additions, there are exhibitions on Victorian and Edwardian life, with collections of agricultural and carpentry tools and local archaeological finds.
The house was remodelled by the world-famous designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh in his iconic Modernist style. The gallery upstairs is free to enter and has a series of exhibitions throughout the year. The dining room and the in-house boutique restaurant offers a full range of delicious contemporary cuisine.
Elton Hall and Gardens
Elton Hall is a fascinating mixture of styles and every room contains treasures – magnificent furniture and fine paintings from different eras, wonderful porcelain and books, including Henry VIII’s prayer book. Magnificently restored formal gardens include mature topiary, a Gothic Orangery, a flower garden with large herbaceous borders, a shrub garden and box walk.
A royal castle for 450 years and a family home for all that time. The pre-dominantly Tudor building, within Norman walls, has architecture, furniture and works of art from every century. Explore 18 acres of stunning formal and wild gardens.
Northampton’s hidden treasure located just a mile or so from the town centre is alive with the possibilities of the present and surrounded by the echoes of the past. There’s something for everyone in and around this fascinating building from guided tours, education visits, events, theatre productions, exhibitions and special displays.
Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust,
Abbey Cottage, London Road, Northampton, NN4 8AW