Deene Park

Northampton Castle

Home of the Brudenell family since 1514, this Tudor and Regency mansion is surrounded by beautiful gardens, a large park and lake. Deene Park is the ancestral home of the Earls of Cardigan the most notable of whom is the 7th Earl who led the Charge of the Light Brigade.

This rambling castellated Tudor mansion with medieval origins features a Great Hall with chestnut hammerbeam roof, c. 1571. An enfilade of tastefully furnished reception rooms built during the reign of George III and a collection of memorabilia form the Crimean War and the battle of Balaklava.

Features: The development of the garden has largely taken place over the last 30 years with long, mixed borders of shrubs, old fashioned roses, summer annuals and perennials. The main feature is a parterre designed by David Hicks which gives way to riverside walks and parkland.

Visitors to Deene Park can expect to see a minimum of nine rooms, all of which are still used by the family and their visiting guests. Each has its own charm and style incorporated in the architecture, décor, furnishings, art and family collections. A dedicated team of volunteer guides are on hand to welcome you and impart their expert knowledge of the history of the house and the Brudenell family. Most notable of the family ancestors is the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the Charge of the Light Brigade; the house contains a collection of memorabilia from Crimea and in particular a fine collection of the 7th Earls uniforms.

The formal garden consists of a series of smaller gardens each with its own distinctive planting. From the Parterre designed by David Hicks, which incorporates topiary tea pots, tea being a passion of the late Edmund Brudenell. To the White Garden recently developed in memory of his wife Marian Brudenell, the garden is tastefully planted with a wide range of shrubs, bedding and roses. The patio in front of the Summer House marks the end of the formal garden and the beginning of the more natural Pleasure Garden.

The Old Kitchen Tea Room is a wonderful setting to sample our range of home-made light lunches and delicious selection of tempting cakes.

The house, gardens and parkland are open to the public on Sundays and bank holiday Mondays during the summer months, and for private group tours on selected days throughout the year.

6m NE of Corby off A43.

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