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Follow in the footsteps of monarchy at Holdenby House

Holdenby House Near Althorp in Northamptonshire has a bizarre early history - it was built by Lord Chancellor Sir Christopher Hatton in 1583, who refused to sleep there until Queen Elizabeth I had spent the night beneath its roof. Rebuilt during the Victorian era, it is now a Grade II* listed property. Holdenby's historic rooms are available for private tours via prior appointment.

Holdenby House gardens - a blooming good time for all

The gardens at Holdenby House are perhaps more impressive than the building itself, which is reflected in their Grade I listed status. Among the highlights is the Elizabethan Garden, which houses only plants available in 1580, and the King Charles's Walk, named after the monarch who was imprisoned at Holdenby during the 17th century.

On the wing at Holdenby House

Enjoy a unique day or half day at Holdenby House's falconry centre, home to owls, eagles and even vultures. Visitors can learn more about these extraordinary birds from the people who know them best - their handlers - during a range of experiences. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Holdenby House? Check out Travelodge Northampton Upton Way Hotel, Travelodge Northampton Central Hotel or Travelodge Northampton Round Spinney Hotel.