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Historic Houses

Historic Houses

Daventry District is blessed with some of the finest historic houses in the country, offering great days out with plenty to be discovered.

Althorp House

The family seat of the Spencer family for more than 500 years, today the estate is internationally famous as the place where Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest on 6 September 1997. The house and its gardens are open to visitors during the summer months, while the estate also hosts an internationally renowned literary festival each year.

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Canons Ashby

An Elizabethan manor house set in 18th century gardens near Woodford Halse and in the care of the National Trust. Visitors can enjoy parkland walks and tours of the house, church and gardens, as well as discover the story of the estate’s Victorian owner, Sir Henry Dryden.

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Cottesbrooke Hall and Gardens

Reputed to have inspired Jane Austen to write Mansfield Park, Cottesbrooke Hall near Creaton is a fine example of a Queen Anne house dating from 1702. Tours of the house are led by a team of expert guides with a unique understanding of its history.

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Coton Manor

A 17th century manor house set in ten acres of gardens landscaped on different levels and featuring flowing streams, fountains and ponds. Beyond the gardens is a five acre bluebell wood and a colourful wildflower meadow.

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Holdenby House

Completed in 1583 by the Elizabethan Lord Chancellor Sir Christopher Hatton, the house later served as a prison for King Charles I following his defeat in the first English Civil War. Today the estate hosts weddings and also offers tours of the house and gardens.

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Lamport Hall and Gardens

A home to the Isham family for more than 400 years, this Grade I listed hall boasts a number of fine collections. It is run by the Lamport Hall Preservation Trust and features numerous attractions for visitors including tours, exhibitions and regular antiques fairs.

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Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens

A Palladian house built for the Hanbury family in the 1730s by virtuoso architect James Gibbs and builder Francis Smith of Warwick. The estate offers tours of its fine hall and gardens as well as hosting a number of festivals and other events throughout the year.

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Fawsley Hall

Fawsley Hall, now a luxury hotel and spa, dates back to Tudor times and is surrounded by formal gardens and parkland landscaped by Capability Brown.

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