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The Dairy

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The Dairy is a spectacular 19th century building nestled right at the heart of the Burghley Estate, almost a mile from the public road and boasts stunning views of Burghley House and its Parkland.

In 2016 the Burghley House Preservation Trust recognised that the Dairy needed urgent repairs and the decision was taken to restore the Dairy and to spare no expense in giving it a new lease of life as a unique and luxurious holiday house.

Offering great flexibility for guests looking for self-catering accommodation near Stamford, the Dairy can be taken either as one large residence for up to 20 people, or it can be separated into two houses where guests can enjoy staying in either Exeter House or Cecil House, which both sleep 10.

The Dairy is ideal for a group of friends, family reunions and all manner of celebrations including wedding parties. The Estate engaged an international award-winning interior designer, Thomas Hamel, to create a comfortable and adaptable living space that has resulted in a refreshing modern twist on an authentic country house atmosphere. Wherever possible, original features from the original building have been kept and reused along with the introduction of some antique paintings, prints and furniture from the collections at Burghley House. Thomas Hamel has created spectacular dining and living spaces enjoying open fires and wonderful views, every room has the advantage of an en-suite bathroom, with deep bathtubs and walk-in showers and there is space for dogs and an enclosed garden.

An exclusive countryside escape

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South view from across lake

The Dairy is walking distance from Burghley House

Burghley House offers a full calendar of events and facilities. This includes concerts, country fairs and food markets, car rallies and the world class Defender Burghley Horse Trials. The Orangery Restaurant, is open most days from mid-January to Christmas and while the Parkland around the House is accessible all year during daylight hours, the House and Gardens can be enjoyed from mid-March until November.

Guests at the Dairy will have privileged access through the Parkland and be able to walk down the 18th century drive known as ‘Capability’s Cutting’ to the beautiful Lion Bridge and across the lake, one of Brown’s most iconic landscape features.

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History of The Dairy

The Dairy at Burghley was commissioned by Brownlow, 2nd Marquess of Exeter as part of his ambitious renovations to the park and the creation of a model dairy farm. The Dairy sits at the heart of the Capability Brown parkland, landscaped during the 1760’s, which is enriched with majestic chestnuts and oak trees and offers unsurpassed views of Burghley House itself, seen across mature parkland planting and the great lake. The 2nd Marquess of Exeter was an enthusiastic and extravagant breeder of native shorthorn cattle – including, Telemachus his champion bull – and this livestock tradition continued at Burghley until the mid-20th century, when the dairy herd was no longer sustainable and the dairy itself fell into disrepair.

Stamford, a historic market town

Stamford is just over a mile from The Dairy, a beautiful and historic market town. Stamford is a thriving place, with numerous independent and high quality restaurants and shops and a bustling market on Fridays.

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I booked The Dairy at Burghley for my wife's surprise 60th Birthday celebrations and it was above and beyond our expectations! The photographs of the property do not do it justice. The interior has been finished to such a high level and easily coped with our party of 16. Access to the Burghley Estate via the private entrance at the Lion Bridge was appreciated by all and the beautiful town of Stamford is only a 1 mile walk through the park. A fantastic weekend we will all remember for a long time!!

Dairy Guest | August 2023

The Dairy is a really beautiful property with lots of lovely details that made our stay really enjoyable the whole party really loved the weekend we spent there and would all love to return.

Dairy Guest | January 2023

The Dairy was stunningly beautiful. The accommodation was bespoke and everything was of the very highest quality. We wanted for nothing. Absolutely everything was provided for any possibility. All the rooms, bedrooms and living areas were warm and cosy and the two kitchens fully equipped with high spec modern facilities. The atmosphere was luxurious and very relaxed. We were provided with the most amazing hamper - again wanting for nothing - and also the most delicious hand made cake and cookies. The accommodation was spacious and homely. The two log burning fires adding to the comfortable atmosphere. We booked The Dairy for our wedding weekend and it was a magical, perfect setting. We didn't want to leave. Thank you so much.

Dairy Guest | February 2020

It is an Incredible place in the most wonderful setting that is managed by very helpful staff from the Burghley Estate Office. We will most definitely return as The Dairy has every home comfort anyone could possibly require, from it's massive living spaces to it's lovely bedrooms and on-suites, it really is an amazing place to stay and relax in.

Dairy Guest | February 2020