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1620s House & Garden

Manor Road | Donington le Heath, Coalville LE67 2FW, England
+44 1455 290429
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History brought to life

One of the most reasonable entrance fees around, only £5 (concession) for an annual pass. As we... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ian R
A hidden gem!

Today with friends I enjoyed a wonderful guided tour of this beautifully presented Manor House. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Geoff S
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The 1620s House and Garden at Donington le Heath, formerly Donington le Heath Manor House, has undergone a stunning refurbishment in order to tell the story of its former owners and residents. This rare and beautiful house is a surviving example of a family home built in the 13th century and then modernised in 1618. The house has been home to many families over its 700 year history, but the Digby family, which included the Gunpowder Plotter Sir Everard Digby, lived in the house for over two hundred years. It is towards the end of the Digby ownership that the newly refurbished house is focused, showing how people lived in late Elizabethan and early Jacobean times. Visitors can now see the beautifully restored period rooms and talk to our volunteers about the history of the house, the families that lived here and about life in the 1620s. The house is set in beautiful 17th century style gardens with labelled plants and flowers, an orchard, herb gardens and a maze. Visitors can also enjoy light refreshments in the tea room, where a range of merchandise is also available. The site will continue its lively series of events that use re-enactment, crafts, hands-on activities, drama and specialist demonstrations to interpret the history of the site and life at the time.
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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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Manor Road | Donington le Heath, Coalville LE67 2FW, England
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+44 1455 290429
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Reviewed 3 days ago

One of the most reasonable entrance fees around, only £5 (concession) for an annual pass. As we only live 5 miles away it will be useful. The refurbished house is a great improvement, very authentic and we had a personal guided tour from one of...More

Thank Ian R
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LCC_HeritageService, Engagement Officer at 1620s House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review of your recent visit to the 1620s House & Garden, I will make sure that all the site staff and volunteers see a copy, to illustrate that their hard work and dedication is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Today with friends I enjoyed a wonderful guided tour of this beautifully presented Manor House. The tour was informative and our guide was very knowledgeable. Afterwards we explored the interestingly planted gardens and had tea and cake in the Barn Café overlooking the gardens. I...More

Thank Geoff S
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LCC_HeritageService, Engagement Officer at 1620s House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5* review following your visit to us yesterday, it's always pleasing to read that our visitors enjoy themselves. As you say your ticket allows unlimited visits for 12 months from the date of purchase, so keep...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having lived in the area for many years can’t believe we have never visited before. Took advantage of bank holiday today and had a lovely visit. The gardens are well maintained and the cafe serves the usual lunch fair and selection of cakes. The Manor...More

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LCC_HeritageService, Engagement Officer at 1620s House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of your recent visit to us, it was pleasing to read that you enjoyed your visit and are coming back for one of the many talks we hold at the 1620s House & Garden. Kind regards Mark

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were here for a couple of hours,free parking & cheap to view the house,also you can visit as many times after for a year. We had a interesting tour of the house,had a lovely pot of tea with a slice of cake each. A...More

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LCC_HeritageService, Engagement Officer at 1620s House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review of your visit to the 1620s House & Garden, I will make sure that the staff and volunteers see a copy. Don't forget that your admission ticket allows unlimited access for 12 months...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found this place in an old Leicestershire Countryside Guide but what a find. We picked a sunny day and started with a lovely lunch in the café sitting outside in the herb garden. The enthusiastic staff who we met during our visit had labelled all...More

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LCC_HeritageService, Engagement Officer at 1620s House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave your wonderful review after your recent visit to us, I will make sure that the site staff and Roz in particular see a copy. As you rightly say your admission ticket is valid for 12 months from...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent a lovely sunny afternoon at the 1620s House and Garden. In amongst the houses of a village, it comes as a real surprise to find this peaceful historic site, with meadow, garden and the cutest little manor house. The volunteers were so kind...More

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LCC_HeritageService, Engagement Officer at 1620s House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for taking the time to leave such a positive review of your visit to us at the 1620s House & Garden, I will make sure that the volunteers and Cafe staff see a copy. Don't forget that your admission ticket is valid for...More

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Reviewed 14 May 2018

This is a delightful small manor house, well worth visiting. Everything there is accurate to the date - none of those Victorian artefacts that sneak in so often in other places. You really get a good atmosphere here. Tea room small but rolls, etc, made...More

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LCC_HeritageService, Engagement Officer at 1620s House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review of your visit to us at the 1620s House & Garden, I will make sure that all the staff and volunteers see a copy of it. As your admission ticket to the site...More

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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Visited on a lovely sunny day, had a drink and cake in the tea rooms, very dark in there but cakes were lovely. House is amazing and nice you can touch things and have a good look, we loved the cards in each room with...More

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LCC_HeritageService, Engagement Officer at 1620s House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave to leave such a great review of your recent visit to us at the 1620s House & Garden - don't forget that your admission ticket is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, so you...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Our 1st visit to the manor due to the plant hunter fair, but had the guided tour round the house too. Lovely old 13th century building with early 17th century improvements. The guide was friendly and knowledgable and just took us round as a family....More

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LCC_HeritageService, Engagement Officer at 1620s House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review, so quickly after your visit to us at the 1620s House & Garden, I will make sure that our guides see a copy of the review. The only reason that plastic plates and...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Having lived close to here for many years and never visited until now we can’t believe how lovely it was, a hidden gem of local history, beautiful gardens and lovely tea rooms. The staff were all friendly and very welcoming. The bonus is your tickets...More

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LCC_HeritageService, Engagement Officer at 1620s House & Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review of your recent visit to the 1620s House & Garden, it was pleasing to read that you enjoyed your visit. Don't forget to keep an eye on our website for details of the...More

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