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Cyclopes & Turtle Soup - A Visit to Burghley House


April has been such a busy month that I now have loads to tell you! I’m working on some really exciting projects at the moment, including a Charity Christening & an 80th Birthday Party but I’ll save those for my next post! Firstly I want to tell you all about my visit to the magnificent Burghley House. At the start of the month I jumped in my car & went exploring in the beautiful Stamford & Rutland area. It had been snowing & the side of the roads were blanketed in white which made the journey even more enjoyable!

Entrance to the Great Hall
Entrance to the Great Hall

Entrance to the Great Hall

Burghley House, one of England’s greatest Elizabethan houses and an estate I’ve wanted to explore for some time now was my first point of call. The 16th Century house is set within 200 acres of land which were largely designed by the great Capability Brown in the 1700’s.

Inside the house, built for Sir William Cecil, there is an impressive mix of rooms including a stunning chapel, secret corridors & the wonderful Old Kitchen complete with original turtle skulls on the walls! (Not for the faint hearted!) If you’re looking for an original spot for a drinks reception then this is it. With three licenced rooms, an elegant 18th century Orangery & stunning gardens, the perfect wedding location awaits!

Great Hall
Great Hall

The Great Hall, ideal for Wedding Receptions

My favourite spot had to be the George Rooms on the south side of the house, particularly the Heaven & Hell rooms painted by artist Antonio Verrio in 1686-1697. I was captivated by the scenes on the walls and ceilings. The staff had some great stories to tell, making the rooms come alive & I had great fun spotting the Cyclopes within the painting too!


The Heaven Room

I love everything about Burghley House, from the architecture to the sculptures grounds and everything in between. From experience I know that the staff would do their upmost to treat you like an Elizabethan Queen for the day should you chose this as your Wedding venue, it’s truly an inspiring place and I urge you to visit!