Cottesbrooke Hall

The much-loved family home of the Macdonald-Buchanan family with gardens developed over the last 100 years.

Cottesbrooke, Northamptonshire, NN6 8PF

Cottesbrooke Hall front view

Experience this house


Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Picnic area
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome
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for the latest information.

Cottesbrooke Hall is a fine red brick and stone Queen Anne house, begun in 1702. It contains English and Continental furniture and porcelain, and a renowned picture collection – particularly of sporting and equestrian subjects.

In the tranquil Wild Garden, laid out around a stream, you can enjoy wild flowers, specimen acers, bamboos and gunneras. The more formal gardens surrounding the Hall are a series of individually planted ‘rooms’. There are pergolas, statues and rose borders, double herbaceous borders, pools and lily ponds and, on the south front, the formal parterre. The gardens run to 13 acres in total.

A number of distinguished designers have been involved in the development of the gardens: Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and Dame Sylvia Crowe in the middle of the 19th-century and more recently James Alexander Sinclair and Arne Maynard.

Opening Times


2 May – 29 September 2022.

May & June: Wednesday & Thursday, 2 – 5.30pm

July, August & September: Thursday only 2 – 5.30pm

Bank Holiday Mondays from May to September, 2 – 5.30pm

Rescheduled Spring Bank Holiday – Thursday 2 June – 2-5.30pm

Jubilee Bank Holiday – Friday 3 June – CLOSED

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit for free during normal opening.

Guided tour of house & admission to gardens
Adult: £12.50, Concession: £10.50, Child (5-14 yrs): £5

Gardens only
Adult: £10, Concession: £8, Child (5-14 yrs): £4

Group Visits

Groups to the house and garden are welcome and refreshments can be provided.

Please contact us to arrange: 

01604 505808

  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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