Burghley House, Stamford

Remember that time I tumbled down the rabbit hole and onto a magical garden?

Well, the same thing happened again last weekend when I visited my friend Ophélie in Stamford.

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We tried to stay away from Burghley House, busying ourselves with blackberry picking and other autumnal activities, but in the end, we simply couldn’t resist another visit.

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This time around though, we extended our visit to include the famous Burghley House as well as its fantastic garden.

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Built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I between 1555 and 1587, Burghley House is a Tudor mansion and one of the great Elizabethan stately homes.

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The main part of the House has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors, and there are more than 80 lesser rooms and numerous halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas, and we took our time exploring every corner.

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From the grand kitchen adorned with copper utensils, turtle skulls and every cake tin imaginable (and then some)…

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… to the grand, striking paintings of the ‘Hell staircase’, Burghley offers a unique glimpse of the way great houses have been furnished and inhabited from the time of Queen Elizabeth I to the present day.

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The many bedrooms, complete with golden furniture, intricately embroidered linnen and impressive murals, will fill you with awe and inspiration.

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From the breath-taking, colossal murals up to the tiniest of details, there are many treasures to be discovered within Burghley’s walls.

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There are endless corridors, taking you deeper and deeper into the house.

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There’s a gorgeous, intimate billard (pool) room…

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A bell room worthy of Downtown Abbey…

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Dressing rooms bigger than my flat with views on the estate vast gardens…

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But no matter how beautiful they are, none is quite as stunning as the incredible dining hall, with its intricate dark wood ceiling, floor to ceiling stained glass windows and rows of leather-bound books.

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Though the inner garden comes quite close in my opinion (but it might be somewhat related to the fact that it comes with tea, cakes and all sorts of afternoon treats…)

Just a couple of hours away from London, Stamford is¬†a brilliant destination to un-plug and explore ¬†for¬†a day or a weekend. Trust me, it’ll leave a stamp¬†in your memory!

More info about Burghley House here.

 

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Burghley House, Stamford

A day in Stamford

Bank holiday weekends are for exploring and total escape. But no need to book overpriced overseas tickets for that. There’s plenty to see closer to home!

Frequently ranked as one of the best UK cities to live in, Stamford is only 90 min¬†away from London, yet it couldn’t be any more different.

We reached the charming little Lincolnshire town late in the morning, dropped off our bags and rushed back out to explore!

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Minutes stretched into hours as we walked along the river and across bridges and parks.

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We stumbled upon Browne’s Hospital,¬†a medieval almshouse¬†founded in 1485 and couldn’t resist a snoop at the garden.

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Before stopping for a quick spot of lunch at The Cosy Club.

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Ham hock, fried potatoes, poached egg and gravy in its Aladdin-lamp-esque pot.

Just enough fuel to keep us going all the way up to Burghley House.

A grand sixteenth-century country house, the house itself is a leading example of the Elizabethan prodigy house. But the gardens are even better!

Welcome to Burghley House’s Garden of Surprises.

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Stepping through the door¬†will take you to Lincolnshire’s own little whimsical¬†Wonderland.

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Complete with mirror maze, giant Easter egg…

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… and even a gigantic rabbit bush!

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No red roses to be seen, but delicate, fragrant white blooms all around.

Hopefully, the delicate colour palette won’t result in any gardener getting their head chopped!

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Turn around the corner, go through a door and you’ll soon find yourself in a different fairy tale.

Deep in the woods lies the realm of Goldilocks and her bear-y friends.

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Mamma Bear.

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Pappa Bear.

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And the adorable, cuttle as a button little Baby Bear!

Many more creatures call Burghley House’ Gardens their home.

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Wild animals go about their lives.

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Iron giants watch over the plains.

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Statues come alive when no-one’s looking.

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And behind every bush, there are some lilliputian fairies to be discovered.

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We followed the yellow wisteria road in the hope of getting to Emerald City (and eventually, home)

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And after battling the elements

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(and a particular daunting water portal)

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We finally found our way back to the real world just in time for tea.

For life-sized, un-beleafable fairytale adventures just hours away from London, Stamford is a brilliant place!

Nice long walks, fresh air, some of the most beautiful gardens I’ve ever seen (and maybe a cheeky lil’ mezze platter at The Mad Turk)… Just what the doctor ordered!

 

A day in Stamford