Deene Park goes down a treat with Diane

Diane Upton, GTO for the Let’s Go Club in Essex, took 31 people on a visit to Deene Park as part of a four-day break to Northamptonshire last year.

She exclaims,“I can heartily recommend the county, which has beautiful countryside, and so many stately homes per square mile, it is difficult to decide which ones to visit!”
Diane continues, “On one of the days, I arranged a private visit to Deene Park, a Tudor and
Georgian mansion that has been the home of the Brudenell family since 1514. The most flamboyant member of the family to date was the 7th Earl of Cardigan who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava in 1854.”
Diane had originally planned to visit another family home, but the attraction could not accommodate the group. “So I looked through my copy of Hudson’s Historic Houses & Gardens and found Deene Park,” explains Diane. “My contact there was Benjamin Wilson-Pratt who was most helpful.”
On arrival, the group had coffee and biscuits and were then split into two for guided tours of the house before enjoying lunch, time to wander the gardens and make some purchases from the “delightful” shop. “We had a delicious quiche with salad for lunch followed by pudding and tea and coffee,” recalls Diane. “The quiche was so delicious, I wrote to Benjamin for the recipe. We had stayed at a modern hotel where the rooms and amenities were very good but the food had been rather disappointing. Everyone kept saying, ‘Thank heavens for the Deene Park quiche!’”