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Tuesday 9th of February 2016
If you’re flying into East Midlands Airport and you’re looking to explore the local area, then what better way than in your Easirent hire car. There are plenty of things to see and do in the East Midlands, so pick up your Easirent hire car from our East Midlands Airport branch and take a tour of some of the county’s finest stately homes.
1. Deene Park
Located in East Northamptonshire, Deene Park is a stunning stately home, which has been the home of the Brudenell family for over 500 years. Open to visitors on Sundays and Bank Holidays, the house’s nine open rooms display a variety of stunning architecture and décor, as well as a vast collection of furniture, which has been collected by the family over the years and perfectly maintained.
2. Lamport Hall and Gardens
Pick up your Easirent hire car from our East Midlands Airport branch and head to Lamport Hall and Gardens. The exterior of the building was designed by John Webb and the Smiths of Warwick, and it’s certainly worth a stroll around the gardens while you’re there, which include a rockery, an Italian garden and a two acre walled garden which is home to one of the largest cutting gardens in England. Make sure that you check admission times before you arrive, as Lamport Hall is only open to visitors between 14:00 and 17:00 each day.
3. Haddonstone Show Gardens
If you’re looking for some inspiration for your own garden at home, then you’re in luck, Haddonstone Show Gardens has a wide variety of beautiful garden ornaments, fountains, statues and sundials to peruse. Take a stroll around the walled manor gardens, or through the relaxing wild flower meadow, before hopping back in your Easirent hire car and heading to the nearby Red Lion gastro pub for a bite to eat.
4. Southwick Hall
Southwick Hall is easily reachable by car form our Easirent pick up point at East Midlands Airport. Located near Southwick, in a valley beneath Rockingham Forest, Southwick Hall has been constructed of local limestone and is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the local area. Having been neglected for many years, the hall was sold in the 1840s to George Capron, a wealthy lawyer from London, who brought it back to life again. Nowadays Southwick Hall is home to an exhibition from the archives collection and visitors can join on to a guided tour of the hall.
5. Chatsworth House
You can’t have a trip around the county’s stately homes without paying a visit to possibly the most famous of them all – Chatsworth House. Nestled in the heart of Derbyshire, Chatsworth House is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been in the Cavendish family for 16 generations. Make sure that you check out the event guide before you arrive as there are always plenty of events in Chatsworth’s calendar that are worth checking out.