Kirby Hall is partially a ruin, albeit one where the stonework is in such immaculate condition that you almost expect someone to come along in doublet and hose at any moment.
Sir Humphrey Stafford inherited the hall in 1548 and began expanding it 22 years later. But it was Sir Christopher Hatton, Elizabeth I's Lord Chancellor, who completed the job to such meticulous effect. Hatton regarded the queen as a saint and hoped that Kirby would be one of her shrines.
It did not work out that way but what remains is magical, surrounded by park land on the east side and the formal West Garden on the other, described in the 1690s as "ye finest garden in England."
The Great Hall is breathtaking, while the pair of bay windows at the end of the State Suite are achingly beautiful. Peacock Cottage - so-named because of the 15 peacocks that live in the grounds - gives you direct access to the ruins and the grounds at any time.
This means that in winter, when Kirby is only open to the public at weekends, you will have days of undisturbed pleasure. The cottage was built in the 20th century and has all mod-cons, plus parking for two cars. In 1999, Kirby Hall was used as the location for the filming of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.
All of our cottages are fully furnished and equipped with TVs, DVD players, CD/ DAB Radio music system, telephone for emergency and incoming calls, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, oven and hob, washerdryer, dishwasher. Linen and towels are provided.
- Travel cot and high chair
- TV and DVD
- Music centre
- Fridge with freezer compartment
- Hair dryer
- Max 2 well behaved dogs allowed
- Parking: space for two cars
We spent a week at Peacock Cottage, and had we been looking for things to criticise, we would have failed. The place is equipped to a very high standard, and after returning from a day out, you can shut the gates behind you, and the whole area is yours. There is a wealth of places to visit within reasonable driving distance, including English Heritage, National Trust and privately owned properties, so a week is scarcely enough. One last thing – make sure that you car is clean; then you can have the pleasure of seeing the peacocks admiring their reflections in the door panels!
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To check availability or book this cottage please phone our booking team on: 0870 333 1187.
- 7 days starting on a Friday
- 4 days starting on a Monday
- 3 days starting on a Friday
Please note: alternative start dates may apply over Christmas, supplements may be charged on certain cottages on specific dates when demand is high due to local events and for bookings of two weeks or more each week will be priced in the date band it falls in.
|Dates ||3 Days ||4 Days ||7 Days |
| 5 April 2013 - 2 May 2013 || £516 || £530 || £956 |
| 3 May 2013 - 18 July 2013 || £427 || £446 || £802 |
| 19 July 2013 - 5 September 2013 || £629 || £642 || £1,156 |
| 6 September 2013 - 10 October 2013 || £492 || £505 || £912 |
| 11 October 2013 - 12 December 2013 || £402 || £414 || £755 |
| 13 December 2013 - 2 January 2014 || £493 || £505 || £1,051 |
| 3 January 2014 - 27 February 2014 || £272 || £278 || £522 |
| 28 February 2014 - 3 April 2014 || £388 || £399 || £689 |