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Cottesbrooke Hall

Cottesbrooke Hall

Queen Anne house & award winning gardens

The Hall remains the much loved family home of the Macdonald-Buchanan family. This is quite apparent when you tour around as you will see family portraits by some exceptional artists, which makes a visit to this house a truly unique experience. Francis Smith of Warwick was the original architect and the house was built between 1702 and 1712 for the Langham family. The house also underwent development during the late 18th century, including the addition of the East and West bows in the Adam manner, and interior features such as notable wrought iron work and extremely unusual rococo papier mache wall decoration. Cottesbrooke is also home to The Woolavington Collection of sporting art. The collection is arguably the finest of its type in Europe and you will see paintings by Stubbs, Ben Marshall and Alfred Munnings among others. There are also a large number of outstanding bronzes, some exceptional English and French furniture and a fine porcelain collection. Hall tours are led by our team of expert guides who each have a unique understanding of the building and its history. The remarkable 18th century landscaping of the Park, its vistas and lakes provide the backdrop to the Hall. The renowned gardens are of great variety with many specimen trees. In the tranquil Wild Garden, that is laid out around a stream, you can enjoy wild flowers, specimen acers, bamboos and gunneras. The more formal gardens surrounding the Hall are a series of individually planted ‘rooms’. There are pergolas, statues and rose borders, double herbaceous borders, pools and lily ponds and, on the south front, the formal parterre. The gardens run to 13 acres in total. A number of distinguished designers have been involved in the development of the gardens : Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and Dame Sylvia Crowe in the middle of the 19th century and more recently James Alexandra Sinclair, Angela Collins, both locally based in Northamptonshire and Arne Maynard.

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Contact & Opening Times

Cottesbrooke Hall
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN6 8PF

Currently closed. Please refer to our website for updates on opening times this year or contact [email protected]for more information.

You may also telephone us on 01604 505808. Thank you.

  • Coach parking
  • Free parking
  • Garden
  • Group tours
  • Tea & cake
  • Tea & coffee
  • Wheelchair access
  • Wifi

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