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.
2 May to 30 June: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Bank Holiday Mondays. 1 July to 27 September: Thursdays and Bank Holiday Mondays. Guided tours from 2.15pm (last tour 4.30pm).
Cottesbrooke is 10 miles north of Northampton near Creaton on the A5199. Brown sign from Junction 1 on the A14.
Train stations in Northampton, Market Harborough and Kettering - taxis available from each station to Cottesbrooke.
Car park on site
Historic Houses members visit for free during normal opening.
Guided tour of house & admission to gardens
Adult: £9, Concession: £8.50, Child: £5
Adult: £7, Concession: £6.50, Child £4
- Accessible parking
- Accessible toilets
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Guide dogs welcome
- The very fashionable and glamourous Empress Elisabeth of Austria who had a passion for equestrianism and hunting resided at Cottesbrooke Hall during the 1870’s where she regularly hunted with the Pytchley Hunt.
- Sir John Langham made his fortune by cornering the raisin market in the 1600’s and with this fortune he purchased much of the Cottesbrooke Estate where he lived until his death in 1671.
- Cottesbrooke Hall is home to The Woolavington Collection of sporting art. Arguably the finest of its type in Europe where you will see paintings by Stubbs, Ben Marshall, Alfred Munnings and John Ferneley Snr. amongst others. The gardens contain the Scheemakers Statues from the Temple of Ancient Virtue at Stowe. These were acquired in the Duke of Buckingham's sale in the early part of the last century.