Lincolnshire, PE9 3JY
Burghley, near Stamford in Lincolnshire, has been the home of the Cecil Family for over 400 years.
It is owned and maintained by Burghley House Preservation Trust which looks after a huge collection of great works of art, including one of the most important private collections of 17th-century Italian paintings, the earliest Western inventoried collection of Japanese ceramics, exceptional 18th-century furniture and wood carvings by Grinling Gibbons and his followers.
Outside, a serpentine lake and deer park sit amid the Capability Brown landscaped gardens. In 1997, one of the secluded areas of the grounds was transformed into a space to exhibit contemporary sculpture installations, with over 25 permanent works by Martyn Barratt, Michele Ciribifera, Giles Kent and Michael Shaw on display. Sculptors were encouraged to work with the site and the resulting pieces – a majority of which have been created from wood – have been installed around the lake, up trees, in the ice house and interwoven into the stone walls. The sculpture park also runs annual exhibitions from April to October.