Apethorpe Hall, near Oundle, Northamptonshire, is a Grade I listed country house of exceptional importance. Dating from the late 15th century, Apethorpe Hall has entertained Tudor and Stuart royalty, notably Elizabeth I and James I. The house contains one of the most important Jacobean interiors to remain in the country. It was the principal seat of the Mildmays and Fanes, Earls of Westmorland, for over 350 years.
In 1551 the property was acquired by Sir Walter Mildmay, soon to become Chancellor of the Exchequer. He rebuilt the South Range to provide a state apartment suite, where Elizabeth I was entertained in 1566. Sir Francis Fane, who had married Mildmay's granddaughter, remodelled the state rooms and added a long gallery in 1622-24 at the express order of James I for his 'more commodious entertainment.... and princely recreation there'. The King provided oak trees for the purpose from Rockingham Forest.
The Fanes, now Earls of Westmorland, continued to make alterations and improvements to the house and landscape through the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1904 the property was bought by Leonard Brassey, who carried out a major programme of works to the house, gardens and park with the architect Sir Reginald Blomfield. Lord Brassey sold the house and gardens in 1949, though retained much of the remaining estate. The house became an approved school, which closed in 1982.
Visitors now have a unique opportunity to discover its past and see the specialist conservation and repair works. Explore the grand rooms and interiors in the company of one of our knowledgeable guides. Tickets can be pre-booked by ringing 0870 333 1183.
Parking is available.
Northamptonshire - PE8 5AQ
Stagecoach 23 Peterborough - Oundle (not Sun); Mark Bland Travel 180 Oundle - Stamford (weekdays)
Located off the A43 towards King's Cliffe. If entering Apethorpe via King's Cliffe Road, advance to Laundry Lane, not the High Street. If entering via Bridge St, pass the stone cross and turn left into Laundry Lane.
Stamford 11 miles or Peterborough 14 miles