Deene Park began as a medieval manor house built around a courtyard. It saw further development into a Tudor and Georgian mansion with later modernization. It was built by the Brudenell family in 1514, and they have been in residence every since.
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Because of its long establishment the rooms on view reflect the different centuries. Collections of family portraits, furniture and memorabilia are found throughout the house.
The roof, panelling, and fireplace of the great hall date from 1571. The drawing room was redecorated in the 1960s. The Bow room dates from the Georgian period. Portraits by Gainsborough and Reynolds set off the 16th century collection of books. The dining room and its staircase were added in the late 18th-early 19th century by the 5th earl. The ante hall is now used by the family in the winter as a dining room. There are family portraits from the 17th century.
In the grounds are parkland, a lake complete with water fowl, old-fashioned roses, long mixed shrub borders, specimen trees, a parterre with topiary teapots, and an octagonal stone summer house.
Corby, 6 miles north-east, off the A43
Northamptonshire, East Midlands
Tel. 01780 450 278
Open: May-end Aug, Sun and BH Mon; also Wed in May and June; grounds from 1-5pm; house from 2-5pm; tea-room and gift shop, 2-5pm; check website for updates
Historic Houses Association member; cream teas; picnic area; parking
Web: Deene Park
Photos courtesy Geograph Britain and Ireland as follows:
Deene Park and its grounds by Julian Dowse;
Deene Park lake by Michael Trolove;
Deene Park gates by Tim Heaton