"National Trust property - Calke Abbey" Castle Donnington Off The Beaten Path Tip by stevemt
Castle Donnington Off The Beaten Path: 2 reviews and 10 photos
Visiting National Trust properties is always an enjoyable outing if you like that style of thing.
The site was an Augustinian priory from the 12th century until its dissolution by Henry VIII. The present building, named Calke Abbey in 1808, was never actually an abbey, but is a Baroque mansion built between 1701 and 1704.
The house was owned by the Harpur family for nearly 300 years until it was passed to the Trust in 1985 in lieu of death duties. Today, the house is open to the public and many of its rooms are deliberately displayed in the state of decline in which the house was handed to the Trust.
The collection of stuffed wildlife is amazing and nearly takes over the whole place, along with a large collection of interesting art work
The abandoned kitchens are also open, as they were left.
Well worth a visit
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