Deene Park

Type:Parks & Gardens

Deene, Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17 3EG

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About

Before the Norman Conquest and for 150 years afterwards the Manor of Deene belonged to the Abbey of Westminster. In about 1215 it was let for the first time to Sir Ivo de Deene for the annual rent of £18 and an obligation to provide hospitality once a year for the Abbot and his household, an agreement which continued unaltered for 750 years. Various families, including the Colets and the Lyttons leased the property until it was acquired in 1514 by Sir Robert Brudenell, later Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas and a favourite of Henry VII and his mother Margaret Beaufort. Since Sir Robert the Estate has descended through the male line of the Brudenell’s and was the seat of the Earls of Cardigan, most notably the famous 7th Earl who led the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War of 1854

It is unlikely that Sir Robert would recognise much of the House as is it today; the House has grown organically over the centuries as successive generations have expanded the footprint of the original House. These changes reflect the family’s wealth and status in society at the time and today this warm and welcoming family home provides the visitor with an interesting yet complimentary mixture of styles, including a collection of family portraits, possessions, and memorabilia from the Crimean War and the preserved head and tail of the 7th Earls famous charger Ronald.

The formal gardens on the south side of this beautiful historic house give way to a vista of parkland and lakes linked by a canal; at its narrowest junction the canal is spanned by a fine stone bridge reminiscent of pictures in fairy tale books. The walls of the central courtyard, some of which date back to Tudor times are alive during the summer with Jasmine and scented roses, while the four stone urns in permanent situ are planted with Pelargoniums, Margaritas and Verbena.

The red brick walls of the old kitchen gardens are the oldest feature of the gardens having been built in the early 18th century. Although no longer used to raise fruit and vegetables, its outer wall provides the backdrop for the long-mixed borders filled with scented Philadelphus, roses and other shrubs, masses of herbaceous plants and spring bulbs. The walls themselves are clothed with climbing roses to show them off beautifully. Today, the Walled Garden and Garden Pavilion form a beautiful private event space for a range of private events and is a popular secluded spot for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

The long borders are separated by a circular hedged garden dedicated to the four seasons statues contained within, the focal point in this garden is a large, central, stone urn planted with tender perennials for summer. At the far end of the long borders is the stone summerhouse built by the 7th Earl of Cardigan, who together with his wife Adeline, used the building to entertain their respective friends.

The most striking feature of the gardens at Deene Park is the box hedge parterre designed by David Hicks and planted out in the early 1990’s. The planting consists of clipped lavender, perennials such as Geraniums, Salvias, Iris, Nepeta, and spring bulbs including Hyacinths & Tulips. A quirky feature of the Parterre, and not in the original design, are four topiary teapots. Why teapots? Because tea was the late Edmund Brudenell’s favourite drink.

Set in what was the old kitchen for the main house, the tearoom is dominated by a wall-to-wall Victorian range complete with open fire; the original stone slabs set into the floor were quarried locally, probably from the Weldon Quarry. Visitors and groups to the Old Kitchen tearoom can enjoy delicious homemade food and freshly made sandwiches and toasties. For tea and cake lovers we also offer a range of scrumptious cakes and pastries as well as the great British favourite, cream tea!

Deene Park is open to the public each year on select days between the months of April and September and is also available for private house and garden tours midweek.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Gardens only£6.00 per ticket
Adult - House & Gardens£12.00 per ticket
Child (5-16 yrs) - House & Gardens£6.00 per ticket
Child (5-16) - Gardens only£3.00 per ticket
Concession (65+ yrs) - House & Gardens£10.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Directions

Road Directions

Deene Park is located twelve miles south west of Stamford off the A43. The house is clearly signposted from the highway.

The entrance, on Kirby Lane, for coaches is at postcode: NN17 3EW through the gates signposted Coach Entrance.

The entrance, on the A43, for cars is at postcode: NN17 3EG through Porters Lodge gates signposted Visitors.

Public Transport Directions

The nearest train station is Corby which is approximately 15 minutes away by car.  London to Corby is 1 hour and 10 minutes by rail.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled Accessibility

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets

Key Features

  • Non smoking establishment

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

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Opening Times

Season (17 Apr 2022 - 28 Sept 2022)
DayTimes
Wednesday - Sunday12:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday12:00 - 17:00

* Gardens 12-5
House 2-5
Sunday and bank holiday Mondays between 17th April and 29th August, excluding Sunday 5th June, and every Wednesday in September.

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