Cottesbrooke Gardens

Cottesbrooke Gardens, Northampton: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Cottesbrooke Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Cottesbrooke Gardens
4.5
Thursday
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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Jill G
By Jill G
A pleasant afternoon
Aug 2019
We have recently taken up Historic Houses membership and decided to use it to visit Cottesbrooke in Northamptonshire today. The house and gardens are open to the public on two afternoons (2.00pm - 5.30pm) per week in May & June, and on Thursday afternoon only in July, August & September. Do check the website before travelling. I have a blue badge so we were able to park our car a little closer to the entrance than other visitors. Our HH memberships were checked at the kiosk, we were issued with tickets and my husband was able to buy a book about the property there for £5.00. We arrived at about 2.30pm but the only guided tour that we were able to book on was the last of the day at 4.15pm. We spent the afternoon wandering around the gardens, sitting on several different garden seats to enjoy the atmosphere, and enjoying a slice of cake and a cuppa in the cafe. At 4.15pm we arrived at the house entrance to join our tour. We visited Woburn Abbey yesterday and had been very impressed with the ghost chairs strategically placed around the house for visitors to take the weight off their legs during their tour. I asked the Cottesbrooke guide if something similar was available at this property before the tour started. Unfortunately nothing is provided here. I decided that l could not stand and walk for 55mins without a rest so my husband carried on and l went back to the cafe to wait for him. I felt sidelined and disappointed. When l spoke to my husband about his guided tour he said that he had enjoyed it to a certain extent, but he too had found the prolonged standing in the various rooms hard to cope with. Apparently another lady on his tour had asked for a chair but none was available. May l suggest a few ghost chairs around the house? They are made of a clear material, are very comfortable, are stackable and unobtrusive - a godsend to the elderly. My husband told me that the guide read mainly from the book to describe paintings and ceramics. She was not able to answer questions on other points. There are apparently a large number of paintings of horses, not a subject that particularly interests him. Of course the owners live in parts of this house so naturally they would choose paintings that are of interest to them. I think my husband would have preferred to mooch around the rooms at his own pace and ask questions of room stewards rather than be part of a guided tour. This is just my personal observation. The two of us enjoyed our visit on the whole and l would have loved to have been able to see the interior of the house. Perhaps in the future some seating for visitors will have materialised and then l'll be able to do so.

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Gaby S
Oxfordshire, UK662 contributions
A Lovely Afternoon Visit
Sep 2019 • Solo
This charming 18th-century stately home nestles close to Northampton.
There are guided tours only which takes for about 45 minutes to see the rooms. Loads of paintings of famous horses as the family’s interest have been spanning in horse racing, haunting for centuries.
My favourite room is the library.
Unfortunately, no photograph policy inside( that’s why only four stars) but there’s a good quality guide book for £5 with detailed family history and good photos of the rooms.
The old laundry been converted in to a pleasant tearoom though limited choice, tea, cakes only.
For HHA members entry is free (£10pp)but check website because there are only certain day/s open for a couple of months.
The garden is beautiful well kept it’s nice to stroll there in a lovely afternoon.
Worth a visit.
Written September 13, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jill G
Lincolnshire217 contributions
A pleasant afternoon
Aug 2019
We have recently taken up Historic Houses membership and decided to use it to visit Cottesbrooke in Northamptonshire today. The house and gardens are open to the public on two afternoons (2.00pm - 5.30pm) per week in May & June, and on Thursday afternoon only in July, August & September. Do check the website before travelling.

I have a blue badge so we were able to park our car a little closer to the entrance than other visitors. Our HH memberships were checked at the kiosk, we were issued with tickets and my husband was able to buy a book about the property there for £5.00. We arrived at about 2.30pm but the only guided tour that we were able to book on was the last of the day at 4.15pm. We spent the afternoon wandering around the gardens, sitting on several different garden seats to enjoy the atmosphere, and enjoying a slice of cake and a cuppa in the cafe. At 4.15pm we arrived at the house entrance to join our tour.

We visited Woburn Abbey yesterday and had been very impressed with the ghost chairs strategically placed around the house for visitors to take the weight off their legs during their tour. I asked the Cottesbrooke guide if something similar was available at this property before the tour started. Unfortunately nothing is provided here. I decided that l could not stand and walk for 55mins without a rest so my husband carried on and l went back to the cafe to wait for him. I felt sidelined and disappointed.

When l spoke to my husband about his guided tour he said that he had enjoyed it to a certain extent, but he too had found the prolonged standing in the various rooms hard to cope with. Apparently another lady on his tour had asked for a chair but none was available. May l suggest a few ghost chairs around the house? They are made of a clear material, are very comfortable, are stackable and unobtrusive - a godsend to the elderly.

My husband told me that the guide read mainly from the book to describe paintings and ceramics. She was not able to answer questions on other points. There are apparently a large number of paintings of horses, not a subject that particularly interests him. Of course the owners live in parts of this house so naturally they would choose paintings that are of interest to them. I think my husband would have preferred to mooch around the rooms at his own pace and ask questions of room stewards rather than be part of a guided tour. This is just my personal observation.

The two of us enjoyed our visit on the whole and l would have loved to have been able to see the interior of the house. Perhaps in the future some seating for visitors will have materialised and then l'll be able to do so.
Written August 29, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

stephg1
South Midlands114 contributions
A Lovely Surprise
Aug 2019 • Friends
Although I live in Northampton and used to picnic here with my parents as a child it is many years since I last visited.
We explored the gardens as well as the tour of the house. The house is interesting and the guides do their best to make it as enjoyable as possible with some amusing anecdotes. However, the overriding content concerns the numerous paintings of various horses. Don't let that put you off as the tour only lasts an hour and there are other beautiful items on display.
I was most impressed by the gardens. Quite beautiful and if you explore further they do extend to a gorgeous, peaceful area leading down to water.
Reasonable value at £10 for both house and garden. I would recommend. Northamptonshire is a very underrated county which is a shame as it has some of the most beautiful hidden villages and great natural beauty imo.
Written August 23, 2019
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Tangoj63
Leighton Buzzard, UK853 contributions
Guided tour
Aug 2019
We took a very interesting guided tour of the main downstairs rooms of the house this afternoon which took about an hour. The family are still in residence hence the limited visiting hours, check out their website for exact days and times. The gardens are lovely but don’t miss the Wild Garden a short walk from the main gardens nearer to the house. It seems to have become a lot busier since it appeared on Gardeners World a few weeks ago but the garden is large enough to cope and there are a lot of seats dotted around to rest on. There are a few picnic benches near the carpark but there is also a tea room offering tea and homemade cake. Not really suitable for families to visit the house in my opinion or perhaps even the garden as there are some water hazards and no swings etc. Personally that’s a good thing from my point of view as it’s quite nice to visit a place that’s mainly for adults.
Written August 15, 2019
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CHRIS L
WARE182 contributions
Why go abroad
Jun 2019 • Friends
Visited Cottesbrooke this week,highly recommended, great drive leading to house,ample parking. House sits beautifully, immaculate gardens, plenty of well placed seating. The views too & from the house are memorable.
Decent tea/Cake & Coffee area, placed in a walled area. Enjoy.
Guided tour of the house is excellent, a light bright lived in home. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, highlighting the host of interesting China,Furniture & paintings by a whole host of renowned artists.
Why go abroad when we have a country full of wonderful things to enjoy ?
Make the effort & give Cottesbrooke a visit
Written June 29, 2019
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Anne Marie G
796 contributions
Very pleasant afternoon.
May 2019 • Couples
We arrived just before opening time at 2 o'clock.Ample parking space with views to a stone bridge and waterway to one side.
The gardens are very well-kept and the wild garden across the park road is enchanting.It reminded us of beautiful Cornwall.There are several smaller gardens with fountains and the laundry tea room courtyard is pleasant - the additional seating area is very pretty with lovely Wisteria and a large angel's trumpet in the portico area.
We paid for house and garden and got a timed ticket for the house tour which was excellent-big thank you to Anita.
Stunning front facade to the house which was built in Queen Anne period, looking towards All Saints church, Brixworth which is about 3 miles away.
We opted for carrot cake and 2 coffees in the cafe which were reasonably priced although we would have preferred not to go the sugary option and would have liked to see some light- bite, savoury options in the cafe.
Don't miss the lake to the West of the property and there was a magnificent display of alliums near the house.We spent 3 hours enjoying everything and left just after 5 o'clock.
We would definitely return again.
Written May 31, 2019
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Christopher W
Banbury, UK54 contributions
another interesting place to visit
Sep 2018 • Solo
Cottesbrooke is a very interesting place to visit tucked away from the main roads with peace and tranquillity
Written December 20, 2018
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Kate P
Lutterworth, UK8 contributions
Evening visit with head gardener
Jun 2018 • Friends
What a fantastic experience! Beautiful gardens and great to have a guide to explain the history of the house and gardens.
Written July 25, 2018
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Fleur50
Midlands155 contributions
Super gardens and lovely wild area beside a river
Jul 2018 • Solo
I visited on a sunny day. The house and gardens are located in a bit of a maze of minor roads but quite well signposted. The gardens are varied and interesting, particularly the wild garden across the park road from the main house. Big car park by a large lake, good for picnics.
Written July 20, 2018
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Ian S
Kettering, UK729 contributions
Interesting
May 2018 • Friends
Went with a group so enjoyed a tour of the house with an exceptionally accomplished guide. Lots of insight into the family and the history of the house.
Superb gardens and you could easily allow a good hour to see all these. Tour of the house is about 45 minutes so a good afternoon trip out! Tea and cake available in the cafe which opens from 2.30pm.
Please note that the main gate doesn’t open until 1.45.

One of Northamptonshire’s hidden treasures and well worth the £9 entrance fee.
Written June 20, 2018
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