Deene Park is a wonderful eclectic mix of architectural styles, having evolved over six centuries and grew from a substantial quadrangular-plan medieval manor into a Tudor and Georgian mansion, whose main front now faces south across the Park and Lake.
Successive generations have altered the house to suit their needs and have helped endow the collections within, which contain Tudor Manuscripts, Old Masters and Family Portraits, porcelain and much military memorabilia from the Crimean War.
Recently the house has gone through a major refurbishment of re-roofing and a new and vital wood chip boiler, sourced from our own sustainable woodlands, for much needed central heating. The collections within are on a major programme of restoration and maintenance.
The visit includes the gardens where there is much to delight with restored gardens and new gardens opened up and work is starting on the Parkland restoration.
It is to be hoped that with the help of visitors the house and garden can be preserved and continue as a home lived in by the family who have cherished it since 1514.
The House & Gardens
A minimum seven of the rooms are open to the public on House Open Days, each with its own unique style. Deene Park has a mixture of furnishings and family possessions full of sentimental value collected over many years. The unique blend provides the visitor with an impressive yet intimate ambiance; a family home spanning the lifetime of many generations.
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. Interested visitors can find the information on the history and development of the gardens in the Summer House.
Deene Park is located in a tranquil, rural part of Northamptonshire which retains a high scenic appeal and forms an important part of the historic Rockingham Forest, one of the great Royal hunting grounds of the Midlands Counties. The parkland covers 568 acres and is included in the English Heritage register of parks and gardens of historic interest (grade 2) and is designated in the national context as a Landscape of Special Interest.
Look out for special open days for ‘house tours and afternoon tea’ and the magnificent snowdrop season. The estate also lends itself to outdoor events and makes a stunning wedding venue.
When arriving to visit Deene Park, please use the main entrance off the A43 through the gates at Porters Lodge. The entrance is sign posted from the A43.