With 2,000 acres of spectacular grounds including a deer park and exquisite gardens, it is well loved by the public and has attracted admirers from all over the world.
Over the centuries its owners – the Cecil family – have preserved and safeguarded the entire estate with unwavering dedication. Designed originally by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, both its exteriors and interiors evolved over time to reflect the styles of passing eras, and now offer a fascinating archival inventory of architecture, decor and art.
In 1700, the construction of Burghley’s Walled Garden began. Set a little way away from the house, it would have been a significant hub of activity growing produce to supply the house. Nearly 300 years later it has finally been restored to its former glory. While it may no longer be growing fruit and vegetables to feed the masses entertained at the House, it retains a lively sense of action and is a superb setting for events and now, of course, luxury camping.
The 6th Marquess of Exeter, an Olympic gold medallist, IOC member and passionate horseman, was responsible for the tremendous equine event that is Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. Hearing, in 1961, that Harewood House would no longer be able to host their three day event, he offered Burghley as an alternative. Since then it has grown into a hugely popular affair, drawing more than 167,000 visitors, 80 competitors and 600 exhibitors.
The addition of Burghley Boutique, a bespoke luxury glamping set up, offers guests the chance to stay right in the heart of the action while enjoying all the pleasures and adventure of life under canvas.
Please note that Burghley House is closed to visitors during Defender Burghley Horse Trials.