Stanford Hall – Lutterworth, Leicestershire

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The current Hall, which has been in the Cave family since 1430, is an imposing Queen Anne-style manor that once played host to Queen Mary, who stayed in the South East bedroom. Ideal for a big celebration, there are 15 tastefully themed bedrooms and a magnificently restored ballroom with golden frescos, where up to 90 guests can dine under the watchful gaze of the Stuart kings of England. Ten bedrooms are located in the Stables Courtyard, complete with a self-catering kitchen, dining area, two large reception rooms and a dance floor. There are 900 acres of gardens including a walled rose garden and oak-lined approach. For those interested in botany, the grounds have been named a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the species of lichen found. Simon Jenkins once described Stanford as, ‘The perfect William and Mary house. The south front floats like a palace of romance across a distant meadow,’ and, when that palace is just a 50-minute train ride from Euston, we should be knocking on its door in droves.

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Visit Kilworth House open air theatre, set in a beautiful woodland close to the lake in the grounds of Kilworth House Hotel, just ten minutes from Stanford Hall.


From a bespoke menu that you have chosen, created byguest chefs.


A clay pigeon shooting lesson with the owner of the hotel, he’s rumoured to be a pretty good shot.


The current owner, Nick Fothergill, is an excellent shot: book a clay pigeon lesson with the man himself.

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