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We were incredibly lucky to host English Rugby Captain, Dylan Hartley’s wedding reception to the gorgeous Joanne Tromans on July 7th and be featured in Hello Magazine!

The couple enjoyed greeting their guests in the entrance hall with a glass of Moet before moving through to enjoy delicious bespoke canapés from our caterers, Indulgence on the south lawn over looking the estate.

Lawn games and perfect weather made for a wonderful relaxing afternoon of celebrations before guests were moved down to the marquee. Situated between our unique Arches the marquee was dressed with an incredible flower wall and gin bar tailored for Dylan and Jo.

“Thank you so much Jenny, you were incredible. We had the most spectacular day. Thea didn’t want it to end” - Dylan and Jo

Photographs were from the amazing Tara Florence Photography http://www.taraflorence.com

Dylan and Jo int the Pond Garden
Dylan and Jo Marquee
Cutting the Cake under the Arch
Romantic walk in the garden
Family picture at Holdenby
Flower wall in the marquee

​Aimee and Simons beautiful wedding day was steeped in tradition and beautiful hand made pieces to decorate the house. The couple had such an wonderful time with friends and family in an intimate ceremony in our dining room followed by the perfect meal in the ballroom.

“Simon and myself just wanted to say a massive thank you for everything you did to help our wedding day run as smoothly as possible both on the day and over the last 18 months.

We had the most amazing day and Holdenby was the perfect setting, it looked incredible! So many of our guests were amazed by the house and kept asking how we had found it. They all said they were amazed from the moment they came up the drive way!

You were amazing on the day and dealt with everything with ease, thank you so much!” - Aimee and Simon


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Laura & Andrew 6th August 2017

The venue was amazing. It’s so gorgeous and all my guests were constantly saying how much they liked it. I felt very at home there on the day. The staff were incredible, they made organising the day so easy and were always willing to help. I had the best day here and couldn’t have done it without them!

The perfect blend of grandeur and intimacy


Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding day so fantastic. We really had a great time and it is no exaggeration to say it was everything we hoped it would be.

Of course the venue and setting are superb - which is why we were so sure we wanted to marry at Holdenby and everyone was equally stunned by it. Similarly, the food was fantastic, which was no mean feat with our french guests.

Holdenby staff also very much contributed to making the day so wonderful. Not only from an organisational point of view, but also from your very personal touches. We certainly like things well organised, but also wanted it to feel like a really relaxed day and we managed both. The very understated way that you dealt with things, efficient and firm, but always with a smile, was very much appreciated. Whilst we love the idea that Holdenby will feel like our own place for the day, I wasn’t sure it actually would, but in fact that is exactly how it felt!

We will keep very happy memories of the day as will our family and friends. Hopefully sometime we’ll come to Holdenby for another event and just take a minute to close our eyes and recall such a wonderful day.


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  • Using the interior of the house, study one of the many paintings, look at the designs and textures of furnishings
  • Do some landscape drawings within the grounds
  • Visit the church. Looking at the at the architecture, stained glass windows, medieval designs and wall painting.

In the afternoon re-visit the church and meet someone who will tell you all about the organ, explain about its workings and play for you.


Holdenby’s spectacular grounds have hosted everything from Formula 1 Receptions to battle re-enactments, rallies to runs, film shows to food shows, operas to plays and concerts, and everything in between.

The House itself has been the perfect venue for receptions, dances, dinners, lunches, launches and lectures.

And we are always eager to entertain your new idea…


Holdenby has made a perfect location for film & TV, including ‘Biggles’, ‘Take A Girl Like That’, ‘Woman in White’ and more recently the BBC’s production of ‘Great Expectations’.


We were very excited that in 2018 CONNIE THE VINTAGE TRAVELLING TEAROOM found a home at Holdenby.

Whilst the caravan travelled the country, Connie’s Tea Parlour at Holdenby House opened its doors permanently for a very successful first season in the old Victorian Stableyard, serving award-winning cakes, delicious cream teas and light lunches in a wonderful vintage setting.

The Tea Parlour is now closed but will reopen in 2019 serving more delicious treats.

Opening Times:

Closed until April 2019




The Gardens with Tea Room are now closed until April 2019. We hope you enjoyed visiting the gardens in 2018 and we hope to see you again in 2019.


The house is now closed for the season but is available for private guided tours (see below)

PLEASE NOTE: We welcome guests with disabilities and work hard to ensure that you can access as much of the site as possible. Disabled parking will be clearly marked, and Blue Badges should be displayed. We hope visitors will understand that the gravelled paths, although not ideal for wheelchairs, are part of the character of the house. Dogs welcome but must be kept on leads at all times.


Private tours may be booked for groups/parties on weekdays. However, during school terms, visits need to be in the afternoons or evenings. Friday evenings are not available. The visit includes a guided tour of the downstairs of the house and as much time as you want in the gardens.

Prices: £10.00 per head (Inc VAT), with a minimum charge £200. Light refreshments and delicious afternoon tea may also be taken (prices on request).

Holdenby is between the A428 and A5199, 6 miles NW of Northampton.

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How Holdenby went from Elizabethan England’s greatest Palace to the beautiful House you see today.



Holdenby Palace was built in 1583 by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor and favourite of Elizabeth I.

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It was the largest and most magnificent house in England, built around two courtyards with 123 huge glass windows.

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After Hatton died, the house became the Palace of James I & then Charles I. After his defeat in the Civil War, Charles was held here for 5 months during 1647, until Cromwell sent Cornet Joyce with 500 soldiers to remove him. He was executed in 1649.

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After the Civil War, the Palace was sold to a Parliamentarian, Adam Baynes, who reduced it to a single wing. Following the restoration in 1660, it reverted briefly to royal ownership.

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In 1709 it was bought by the Duke of Marlborough, since when it has descended the female line to the Lowther family.

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During the 1870’s the remaining wing was adapted into the present house.

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Lowther Family

The Lowther family dates from 940AD and has produced more Members of Parliament than any other family in England. The present owners are James & Karen Lowther.

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Entrance Hall

The hall contains beautiful 17th century still lives by Abraham Brueghel, and a portrait of King Louis XIII of France whom was Charles I brother in law.

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The elegant ballroom contains many portraits of the Lowther family, including one of the notorious wicked Jim Lowther, the 1st Earl of Lonsdale.

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Dining Room

On the beautiful silk wall covering, hang two portraits of Charles I, including the famous ‘Clouded Majesty’, a fascinating portrait of Charles and his son, the future King James II, both of whom were forced from the throne.

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The exquisite fire screen was once part of the Elizabethan screen separating the Great Hall from the Chapel. Books date from the 16th century and include Charles I own book, the ‘Eikon Basilike’.

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Piano Room

Once the Billiard Room, it now houses a collection of early and unusual pianos from the British Musical Museum and other musical instruments from around the world, assembled by the present owner.

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Pytchley Room

Now used for meetings and conferences, this room contains an interesting collection of sporting pictures.

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The main sitting room of the House, the Boudoir, contains pictures of the ruins of the original Palace and of King Charles’ imprisonment, as well as photographs of members of the Royal family whom have visited.

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Inner Hall

The Inner Hall is part of the suite of rooms along the garden front, with pictures of Istanbul, and Wilton Castle, the Lowther family’s former home.

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Set in the Northamptonshire countryside, the Holdenby Estate extends to some 2,000 acres. The Estate places a strong emphasis on the preservation of the natural environment and all of the in hand farm is entered into Entry Level Stewardship. Holdenby has a diverse range of commercial property including offices, retail units, workshops and storage units. The Estate also has a number of unique residential properties in Holdenby and East Haddon which are available to let.

For further information, please contact the Estate Office on 01604 770074.



love music

at Holdenby and

hold concerts in our wonderful

church, and in the

Gardens &




have great

events of our own,

and we make Holdenby

available for a whole

range of wonderful

events for



Holdenby has the most awarded Heritage Education Programme in the UK.

Our seven consecutive Sandford Awards recognise our innovative living history projects, where staff and pupils are in character for a range of hands on activities.

All our projects marry the requirements of the National Curriculum with real aspects of Holdenby history. The House, Grade I listed Gardens, 14th century Church and Estate are all integrated into the programme by our trained and costumed interpreters.

Teachers are invited to come for a pre-visit prior to the actual day to ensure that the project chosen satisfies their needs.

To enquire about visits, call 01604 770786 or fill in the form below.

Sandford Award



it’s not a cold

commercial venue

It’s a private home and

for your wedding it’s your

special home for your special day

Your own bridal room, your own photos

in the rooms, your own choice of food from

our Michelin trained caterers, your own

choice of wine, table settings and

entertainment, all in our state

rooms overlooking our 20

acre stunning Grade 1

gardens…or rather

your gardens




lovely 20

acres of Grade 1

gardens are listed

in the book “1001 Gardens

you Must See

Before You



Elizabethan Garden

This was replanted in 1980 by Rosemary Verey, copying the shape of the original Palace plateau garden and using only plants available in 1580.

Elizabethan Garden Image

Tous Tous border

This border was named after a pet dog, which is buried in the garden. The 1980 replanting was started by Rosemary Verey and completed by Rupert Golby as a fragrant border.

Tous Tous border Image

Pond Garden

Designed by Rupert Golby, this features two annual plantings of spring and summer plants.

Pond Garden Image

King Charles's Walk

Where Charles took exercise during his imprisonment; he was a brisk walker and Lord Pembroke (his keeper), had difficulty keeping up with him.

King Charles's Walk Image

Silver Border

This border houses the owner’s ever-growing collection of silver-leafed plants.

Silver Border Image

Kitchen Garden

Still used to grow vegetables, fruit and cut flowers for the House.

Kitchen Garden Image

Elizabethan Pond

Constructed between 1583 & 1587 as part of the original Elizabethan garden, it was restored in 2016.

Elizabethan Pond Image


One of the two Base Court arches to the Palace, dated 1583.

Arches Image



Palace with

a distinguished history

now a historic home

with rooms that

will stun



Catherine & George 2nd June 2018

We just wanted to say a massive thank you for last Saturday. To us it really was perfect and everyone at Holdenby massively contributed to making it so. You were all so helpful, friendly and thoughtful, and we had no hesitation in leaving you to just organise and arrange as you saw fit on the day, which meant a lot to us.

We won’t hesitate to recommend Holdenby as a wedding venue in the future and look forward to continually returning to Holdenby over the years to visit the gardens and house. A wonderful venue.


Characters from History

A chance to meet characters from different times in History. Costumed characters tell their story and get children to help them in their daily activities. Amongst the characters you will meet are:

  • Elizabeth I - learn about her make-up, her herbs and hygiene (or lack of it).
  • Charles I - hear his story and share his pastimes while he was imprisoned at Holdenby.
  • Oliver Cromwell - learn how to muster his troops.
  • Samuel Pepys - use a quill pen to help him write his diary.
  • Florence Nightingale - assist her in her preparations for the wounded soldiers.
  • Queen Victoria - hear about her “poor Albert” and help cheer her.
  • Beatrix Potter - sketch with Beatrix, plant seeds and visit a special garden.
  • A Suffragette – the year is 1918 and she has just been allowed the vote. Come and meet her, hear her story and help her with her plans.

Mix and Match your projects to suit your needs i.e. Queen Victoria with a Victorian Servants day.

This project covers various aspects of the National Curriculum KS1


Evacuee Day

It is 1942. Britain is at War. The children are received at Holdenby Evacuee Centre. A selection of characters will then teach them a variety of hands on activities that will help them become more useful evacuees:

  • Mrs North will show how to make Woolton Pie, a range of other seasonal wartime foods and explain the weekly ration.
  • Mrs Fortescue-Oliver needs help with her knitting and rag rugs for her Make-Do-and-Mend Drive.
  • Stella, our land army girl, or Mr Jampton, our Air Raid Warden, will show you how to keep safe - Air Raid Shelter and Gas Masks.
  • The Major, convalescing from a war wound, will talk about the items he carries in his kitbag or help with safety matters.
  • Commander Bennett, of the St John Ambulance will teach you some emergency First Aid.

After lunch there is a sing-along to cheer everyone up before the children go to their host families.

This project covers various parts of the National Curriculum KS1 and KS2


Life Below Stairs

It is 1891. Lady Annaly, the owner of Holdenby House is hiring servants to run the household. You may be under the strict supervision of:

  • Mrs Bumbridge, the fierce housekeeper, who will tell you precisely what she expects.
  • Mrs Crumpet, the cook, who will teach you how to cook and will expect help in her kitchen.
  • Mrs Rhett, the severe butler, who rules the servants with a rod of iron.
  • A housemaid or Mr Legg, the footman, who will instruct you in their duties.

Children from the workhouse will be taken around the house, allocated jobs, told their conditions of service and taught deportment and manners. In the afternoon they will present themselves to her Ladyship.

This project covers various aspects of the National Curriculum KS1 and KS2


A Place fit for a Queen.

It is 1583. The Lord Chancellor, Sir Christopher Hatton, has finished building Holdenby Palace, the largest house in Elizabethan England. He awaits the visit of Queen Elizabeth I. Our lively Tudor days encourage children to see how different people lived as Tudor characters take them through a range of activities:

  • Herbs - health, smells, superstitions and the Plague.
  • Cooking - diets of the rich and the poor in Tudor England.
  • Pike drill - watch as children are turned from a rabble to trained infantry.
  • Architecture - compare Holdenby Palace to that of the Cruck Cottage.
  • Archery - find out about the role of the archer and practice archery yourself.
  • Calligraphy - learn about Tudor schooling and how to write with a quill pen.
  • Felt making - from fleece to fabric; make a piece of felt.
  • Heraldry - how to recognise friend or foe. Design your own shield.
  • Tudor Games – play the games of Tudor children.

This covers various aspects of the National Curriculum KS2 and KS3.


The Pilgrimage

It is 1381. King Richard II is on the throne. It is time to go on a pilgrimage to thank God for sparing your life during the Black Death. While the children prepare for their voyage, they could meet:

  • The Archer – warfare: practice skills for protection on the way.
  • The Baker/Cook - lives in the peasantry: make medieval bread and prepare food for the pilgrimage.
  • The Monk/Nun - find out about medieval religion: make effigies and tokens.
  • The Herbalist - herbs for healing and superstitions: prepare the traveller’s first aid kit.

After lunch we visit the Medieval Church within the grounds and look at the Architecture and Contents.

This project covers various aspects of the National Curriculum KS3.



know it’s

those extra

magical touches

in our Little Black Book

that can make the

day so special

and lovely

for you



Horse & Carriage

...goes together like love and marriage

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How to arrive in style

Horse Image


Have a display by our resident Falconry Centre

Falconry Image

Toast Master

Perfect to make things run smoothly….and elegantly

Toast Master Image


Let them eat cake….with a difference

Difference Image

Something special

Our gardeners will pick something fresh from our Kitchen Garden to go in your Wedding Breakfast.

Something special Image


... with our Holdenby bottled, locally grown English champagne

Celebrate Image


... the unique magic of Holdenby

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Ballroom makes

the perfect setting

for imaginative table

designs just the way

that you want

them to





of elegance

set with beautiful

tables bearing wonderful

impeccably styled food

What more could






better to

make the food

of love than Indulgence

our Michelin trained

caterers who

cook with



Wedding Breakfast

Select your wedding breakfast from a vast range of menus by our Michelin-trained caterers, Indulgence.

Wedding Breakfast Image


From the first sip of champagne to the last crumb of cake, Indulgence’s creative team understand it has to be perfect and match the style of your wedding.

Perfection Image

No Complications

For 10 years nothing has been impossible, no idea too wild, no menu too complicated to create.

No Complications Image

Michelin Trained

With Michelin-trained credentials, our Chefs and Front of House team offer you a life time of experience.

Michelin Trained Image


Grade 1

Gardens are

there for you and

your guests to wander

in, soak up the


and the




can now

offer the beautiful

14th Century Church at

the bottom of the garden

to have you marriage

blessed in by our

Parish priest




have a

choice of

five rooms to be

married in, including

our beautiful Dining Room

with its paintings and

silk walls and your

friends & family





ready in

the beautiful

White Room with

a complimentary bottle

of Holdenby’s own

champagne to

cheer you




Front Hall

Your first experience of Holdenby is the grand but homely and beautiful panelled hall with 17th century paintings…the perfect entrance for your guests, which can make a very atmospheric bar later in the evening.

Front Hall Image

Dining Room

The Dining Room is licensed for Ceremonies and can comfortably seat 108 guests. If you have under 75 guests, you can have your Wedding Breakfast here for a more intimate feel.

Dining Room Image


A magnificent setting for up to 108 people for your Wedding Breakfast, overlooking the Grade 1 Gardens. After the meal it can be transformed into a magical party room for your band or DJ.

Ballroom Image


A popular room in the evenings with the sofa and chairs to relax in with tea and coffee, cut the cake or take a drink by the fire for our winter weddings.

Library Image

Inner Hall

A lovely bright room connected to the Library and Dining Room, provides plenty of room inside should the weather prevent you from being in the gardens.

Inner Hall Image

White Room

The beautiful White Room, where you can get ready, overlooking the garden and miles of beautiful countryside.

White Room Image


If you have more than 108 guests, you can put a marquee on the South lawn connected to the house.

Marquee Image



England’s greatest

House then a royal palace,

Holdenby now dedicates its unique

history and beauty to hosting

weddings, events, schools,

films and, during the