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Burghley House (Stamford)

Burghley House is one of the most magnificent stately homes in England, and is situated on the edge of the beautiful old town of Stamford in Lincolnshire.

It was built for William Cecil, principal adviser and Lord Treasurer to Elizabeth I, and completed in 1587. Cecil was later created Lord Burghley.

In the late 17th century, John, 5th Earl of Exeter, remodelled the interior and established Burghley`s immense collection of art treasures. Among the craftsmen who worked here was Grinling Gibbons.

There are so many turrets and pinnacles that Burghley appears from afar to be a town rather than a house.

The house is set in a 300 acre deer park, which was landscaped by Capability Brown.

It is here that the famous horse trials take place.

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