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Historic houses & glorious gardens


Uncover the fascinating story of the Harpur-Crewe family in their former home, Calke Abbey. This impressive house remains frozen in time from when the eccentric owners allowed it to fall into disrepair and assembled their bizarre collection of collections.


Staunton Stables Tea and Luncheon Rooms set in the courtyard of the Ferrers Centre for arts and crafts, serves home made lunches and delectable cakes!


Melbourne Hall has 15 acres of magnificent formal gardens to explore including an impressive 300 foot Yew tunnel and beautiful wrought iron birdcage. The historic house was once home to Victorian Prime Minister, William Lamb and contains a famous collection of paintings by artists including Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Dupre.

Other historic houses and glorious gardens

Catton Hall

Catton Hall

Walton on Trent,

Catton Hall, built in 1745 by Smith of Warwick, has a fascinating history and collection of pictures, furniture and memorabilia. Private chapel. Gardens run down to the River Trent. Camping, fishing, cycle and horse riding trails all available for groups only by prior arrangement.

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Donington le Heath Manor House

Donington le Heath Manor House


Donington le Heath Manor House is a 13th Century stone house, renovated in the early 17th Century. It is now a museum with furnished rooms and medieval collections. Take afternoon tea in the manor house's lovely tea room, Classics.

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Sudbury Hall

Sudbury Hall


Sudbury Hall is one of Derbyshire's historic gems. Experience this grand 17th Century family home.

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