About Surrounded by 42 acres of picturesque countryside, this historical venue is run and maintained by an independent charitable trust ensuring that this part of Britain's rich history is not lost. The surrounding grounds are an area of natural interest, boasting a wide variety of rare animals including kingfishers, woodpeckers and mute swans. One of the site's oldest buildings dates to the 1200s and records show that, in 1575, Elizabeth I herself, stayed there. As well as having great historical impact, the venue also has a great reputation for progress. It was once the home of Francis Willughby - father of natural history - and boasts both the oldest man-made lake in Warwickshire and one of the first examples of a heated walled garden in the country.