Courteenhall, Northamptonshire and Stoke Park Pavilions

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Courteenhall is an exquisite late 18th century house and is the home of the Wake family. It was commissioned by Sir William Wake in 1791 and designed by a pupil of Chambers on a site chosen by Repton, who laid out the park.The interior has a particularly fine apsed library, the stables and old school house are also of interest   as are the grounds and the nearby parish church. Lunch will be held at The Navigation, a pub on the Grand Junction Canal at Stoke Bruerne, before proceeding to Stoke Park Pavilions. The house as originally designed by Inigo Jones would have been the first Pallaidan mansion in England, nearly 100 years before its time.Commissioned by Sir Francis Crane in 1629, the Civil War intervened and only the two jewel-like pavilions and quadrant colonnades were completed. Set above parkland in a private garden, the contrasting use of creamy limestone and red limestone was repeated over the original facade of the Mansion House. The present owner,Alexander Chancellor will be the host.

Venue details

Courteenhall
The entrance to Courteenhall Estate is located on the A508, one mile south of junction 15 of the M1 motorway Buckinghamshire NN7 2QD