The county boasts an abundance of country houses for visitors to enjoy; you’ll learn about some of them here.
Burghley House near Stamford, ancestral home of the Cecil family, is one of the largest and grandest houses of the Elizabethan age. This grand stately home was built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Queen Elizabeth’s Lord High Treasurer, between 1555 and 1587, while the gardens were laid out by the famous landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
Once a year in the autumn, Burghley hosts the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, an international four-star equestrian event attracting riders and spectators from all over the world.
Another notable Elizabethan house is Doddington Hall near Lincoln, built between 1593 and 1600 by Robert Smythson, one of England’s foremost Elizabethan architects, for Thomas Tailor, who was the registrar to the Bishop of Lincoln.
Completed in 1600, Doddington Hall has never been sold or cleared out since, which makes it a much loved family home with an unbroken line of ownership rather than a relic or museum piece.
Over 400 years of unbroken family occupation has resulted in fascinating collections of furniture, weaponry, paintings, ceramics, textiles, household objects and porcelain.
Current owners Claire and James Birch have brought in many innovations such as a farm shop and café, exhibitions and concerts.