Calke Abbey, Park & Gardens
Telephone: 01332 863822
With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. The house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th century when numerous country houses did not survive to tell their story.
Discover the tales of an eccentric family who amassed a vast collection of hidden treasures. Visit the beautiful, yet faded, walled gardens and explore the orangery, auricula theatre and the kitchen gardens. Escape into the ancient and fragile habitats of Calke Park and its National Nature Reserve.
What makes this house special is its survival in an era of mid 20th century decline. Calke is a house of contrast - your journey will take you from the grandeur of the saloon to the decline of the kitchen. Essential repairs have been made to the fabric of the building but inside we endeavour to present the place as it was found.
There are lots of walks and tours available around the estate. Check out the Calke on the National Trust website or give them a call on the above number for more information.
During your visit to Calke you can relax in the restaurant and enjoy the warming local and seasonal food on the lunch menu or delicious cakes to go with your afternoon tea.
There is also a shop offering a wide range of gifts for you to treat yourself or someone special and you can also buy local food in the new Calke Pantry.
There is designated mobility parking at Calke and a vehicle service operates between car park and house/garden. The building itself has wheelchair access and there are also wheelchairs available to borrow though these are limited in number.
There is an accessible toilet available near visitor reception.