Continuing on with our 2-week tour of English castles and palaces, we visited Burghley House, near Stamford in Lincolnshire. The 13,000-acre working estate has been the home of the Cecil family for over 400 years.
Despite being one of England's greatest Elizabethan houses, visitors will see a number of contemporary sculptures (this was at the Visitor Entrance/Brewhouse Centre) in the property's permanent collection.
The entrance to the state rooms is directly behind this tree in the courtyard.
The tour of 18 state rooms begins in the Tudor kitchen.
Turtle soup may not be on many menus today, but it must have been popular at Burghley House from the display of the turtle skulls in the kitchen.
Visitors will see a wonderful private collection of 17th century Italian paintings, 18th century furniture and wood carvings, and Japanese ceramics.
(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)