BURGHLEY HOUSE, STAMFORD, LINCOLNSHIRE
Burghley House is one of the foremost Elizabethan houses in England. It was built between 1558 and 1587 for Sir William Cecil (1520-1598), later 1st Baron Burghley, who was chief advisor to Queen Elizabeth I. He was the most powerful man in the kingdom and Burghley House was an expression of that power and wealth that went with his position.
William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley
It was subsequently the residence of his descendants who became the Earls and Marquesses of Exeter. The House remained in the hands of the Cecil family until 1961 when it passed to a charitable trust, although the family continue to live there.
The gardens and 2,000 acre parkland were largely designed by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th century.
The Bow Room
Queen Elizabeth’s Bedroom which houses a 17th century state bed
Blue Silk Bedroom which contains an ornate set of marquetry furniture made for Louis XIV of France
The Black and Yellow Bedroom
The Great Hall
The Third George Room
The Heaven Room is a stunning room, with floor to ceiling frescos of a mythical heavenly scene full of gods, goddesses, angels and cherubs. This and other rooms were painted by Antonio Verio (1639-1707) who included several likenesses of himself in the paintings!
The Hell Staircase which represents a stark contrast to The Heaven Room, with a gigantic painted cat on the ceiling opening its jaws to Hell
Burghley House was the location chosen to represent Rosings, Lady Catherine de Bourgh’s home in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. The Heaven Room was the setting for the drawing-room at Rosings and it is where Keira Knightley was seen playing the piano in the film.