The Stables, Althorp, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN7 4HQ
Even if Diana Princess of Wales had no connection with Althorp (pronounced Allthorp, don’t you know), it would still be a simply lovely country house to visit in the languid Northamptonshire countryside. The house dates back to the early 1500s and through careful collecting, an uncanny knack of commissioning the right artisans and artists and clever curatorship now has a deeply impressive interior that boasts works by Gainsborough, Van Dyke, Reynolds and Rubens (among many many others). In total there are nineteen rooms to explore and wonder what it must have been like to be brought up in such a magnificent setting. When you’ve oohed and aaghed at the interior, take a stroll by the lovely lake and through the gardens (where a sea of daffodils dazzles in springtime) and then finish off with a stroll around the stunning honey-coloured ironstone stables where the Spencer family have created an unmissable exhibition dedicated to the late princess and her charity work.
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"Famous as the childhood home of the late Diana Princess of Wales, Althorp in Northamptonshire is a fascinating, lovely country house. If you’ve an interest in the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry, you’ll be intrigued by the rural idyll in which she lived out her young life before becoming the focus of global media attention. But this glorious classic British country house, a family home for 19 generations, is no shrine to Diana and there’s an awful lot else to discover about the house and gardens. Wander the house’s halls to study masterpieces by the likes of Gainsborough, Reynolds and Rubens (to name just a few) then go and explore the gardens and lake. Afterwards, stroll through the Tuscan porticos of the gorgeous honey-hued stable block where an exhibition looks at the characters of the Spencer family through the ages."
"This historically romantic venue has five palatial and beautiful staterooms for ceremonies and weddings. They include the Picture Gallery with magnificent décor and views over the park, and The State Dining Room with opulent silk wall covering, lavish furnishing and sparkling chandeliers, the perfect place to dance the night away. And for pure indulgence around 50 of your guests can be accommodated in Althorp’s stylish bedrooms."
Information on Althorp , The Stables , Althorp , Northampton
|Opening Times:||1 Jul to 29 Aug 2013, Daily, 12:00-17:00. Last entry to estate 16:00.|
|Admission:||Day Ticket: Adult £12.50, Child (5-17) £6.00, Under 5 Free, Seniors £10.50, Family (2 adult & 3 Child) £29.50, Carer Free. An additional £2.50 is payable to visit the upstairs rooms of the House. It is possible to pre-book tickets via the website.|
|Child Friendly:||Children of all ages welcome|
|Location:||Located seven miles west of Northampton. Althorp is easily accessible from the M1. Alternatively, trains run regularly from London Euston to Northampton, with the train station being a 20 minute drive from the Althorp Estate.|
Full Disabled Access, Parking - Free parking available, Parking Availability, Coaches - Please contact the Visitor Manager, Ruth Coverdale, on 01604 770107, for more information, Refreshments, Shop
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