Burghley House is, rightly so, one of the great Treasure Houses of Britain. Starting in the old kitchen, it just gets better and better with plaster and painted ceilings, tapestries, renowned collection of paintings and furniture. This is a place to take slowly and stop and look, and especially not forgetting to look up!
This is one of a series of detailed reviews I have written about Burghley House.
The tour of the house begins in the OLD KITCHEN with its high vaulted ceiling and lantern light which would have helped extract smoke and fumes from the open fires. This is a large and very impressive room.
There is a large cast iron range in one of the old fireplaces complete with turnspit for roasting meat infront of an open fire.Another fireplace has a bread oven
There is a long hotplate with lots of copper saucepans and frying pans.The copper cooking utensils date from the C18th and early C19th.
The small skulls displayed on the wall are from turtles used to make turtle soup which would have been served in the impressive turtle tureen on the table below them.