Harlaxton Manor

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HARLAXTON, LINCOLNSHIRE

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Built in pale Ancaster stone, this wonderfully ornate 1830s mansion is approached via a perfectly straight mile-long drive that goes over a bridge and under a gatehouse to reach its stunning destination. Harlaxton was owned by Gregory Gregory, a wealthy Nottinghamshire businessman, who built it to replace the original Elizabethan manor house in Harlaxton village. Gregory travelled all over Europe looking for furniture and works of art with which to fill this lovely house, which is now owned by the US University of Evansville, who use it as their British campus. To visit you must book a guided tour, highlights of which include the beautiful grounds with their French-style garden terraces and Dutch ornamental canal. There is also a 6.5-acre walled garden to explore - one of the largest in Britain.

Harlaxton Manor
HARLAXTON, NG32 1AG

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About the area

Discover Lincolnshire

Much of the fenland around the Wash has been drained of its marshes and reclaimed as highly productive farmland. Further north, the coastline, with its sandy beaches, has been developed to accommodate the holiday industry, with caravans, campsites and the usual seaside paraphernalia. The main resorts are Skegness, Mablethorpe, Cleethorpes and Ingoldmells. Inland, the chalky margin of the Lincolnshire Wolds offers an undulating landscape of hills and valleys, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Lincoln, the county town, is dominated by its magnificent cathedral. Most of interest in the city is in the uphill area, Steep Hill, ascending from the River Witham; the Bailgate spanned by the Newport Arch, and the Minster Yard with its medieval and Georgian architecture. Boston, on the banks of Witham, was England’s second biggest seaport in the 13th and 14th centuries, when the wool trade was at its height. There are market towns all over the county still holding weekly markets, including Barton-upon-Humber, Boston, Bourne, Brigg, Crowland, Gainsborough, Grantham, Great Grimsby, Holbeach, Horncastle, Long Sutton, Louth, Market Rasen, Scunthorpe, Sleaford, Spalding (the centre of the flower industry), and the elegant Edwardian spa resort of Woodhall Spa.

 

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