Burghley House information
Lonely Planet review
Lying just a mile south of Stamford, flamboyant Burghley House (pronounced 'bur-lee') was built by Queen Elizabeth's chief adviser William Cecil, whose descendants have lived here ever since.
Set in more than 810 hectares of grounds, landscaped by the famous Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, the house bristles with cupolas, pavilions, belvederes and chimneys. The staterooms are a treasure trove of ormolu clocks, priceless oil paintings, Louis XIV furniture and magnificent murals painted by the 17th-century Italian master Antonio Verrio.
The renowned Burghley Horse Trials take place here in early September. Follow the marked path for 15 minutes through the park by Stamford train station.