Burghley House is still occupied by the descendants of its builder, Lord William Cecil, secretary of state to Queen Elizabeth I. The current resident is Lady Victoria Leatham, daughter of the 6th Marquess.
When we arrived we parked in the car park below the house and walked over the lawn to the house itself. I kept noticing little piles in the grass and thought to myself, "It looks like deer have been here." Then I glanced to the right and saw the most beautiful herd of deer.
This is an ancient herd of Fallow deer that has been kept from the beginning of the estate. They provided meat for the estate. You can walk quite close to them but they are wild animals. You don't want to walk so close that you scare them. I like the spots on their backs. It makes all of them look like Bambi.
Construction of the house began in 1555. It was built in the Tudor style but "modernization" was done in the 17th century.
Eighteen state rooms are open to the public. All of the rooms from the kitchen with its shiney copper pans to the bedrooms are spectacularly furnished with fine art, tapestries, furniture, and ceramics. If you are not taking part in a tour, there is a friendly and knowledgeable guide in every room to answer questions.
The house is open daily except Friday from the end of March to the latter part of October from 11 am to 5 pm. There is disabled parking close to the house and there are disabled toilet facilities. Two lifts are available from the ground floor to the first floor but they cannot accommodate a wheel chair. A person in a wheelchair would have to use the elevator without the wheelchair and have the chair taken up the stairs seperately.
Burghley House has a restaurant which is called "The Orangery". It is open from 10 am to 6 pm. A gift shop and a garden shop are also on the grounds.
The gardens and grounds were designed by the famous landscaper Capability Brown and make for a very pleasant walk. Not only will you see the deer but also a lake which looks like a river because of its shape. There is also a modern sculpture garden which requires an entrance fee.
The entrance gate to Burghley House is on the B1433 southeast of Stamford. I don't know how far it is exactly but you can see Stamford from the house.