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Riverview, New Brunswick
October 3, 2005
From journal Lincolnshire Travels
October 6, 2001
The current Marquess lives in Canada and has no intention of occupying Burghley. Lady Victoria Leatham, his niece, and her husband Simon are the current custodians. She had agreed to be here for 15 years and has already gone past that, so the future is a little uncertain.
The tour includes a visit to the chapel, we got to stand in the ante-chapel where the servants would have stood for services. There is a Veronese altarpiece and carving by a student of Grinling Gibbons.
One very nice thing about Burghley is that if you are in a wheelchair they bring you up in an elevator and then bring the occupant to join their tour. There are some steps between rooms but they moved the wheelchairs up or down them quite easily.
The Brown Drawing room has an English cut glass chandelier, it also has 2 Gainsborough portraits and a Bruegel (rent day).
There is a Joos van Cleeve portrait of Henry VIII in the Elizabeth I bedroom (she never actually slept here).
The Heaven Room is in the process of restoration and the restorer stopped and talked to us about the work he is doing. The difference in the colors is amazing. This is followed by the Hell staircase.
The last stop on the tour is the Great Hall and it dates from 1555. It has a gorgeous double hammered ceiling made from oak and sweet chestnut. It also has 10 chairs from the Doge's Palace in Venice. The most impressive piece in the room is the solid silver wine cooler. It weights 140 kilos and was made in 1710. It takes 4 people to lift it.
Burghley is open April 1-October 28, 11am to 4:30pm. Entrance is 11.8 pounds. Burghley would be worth a visit if only for the gift shop. It's a great one with lots of unusual items. I did some serious Christmas shopping. If you are interested in painting purchase the Guide to the Picture Collection before your tour. It helps identify the artwork since the guide has limited knowledge.
From journal Visits to the Treasure Houses of England