Althorp House is a beautiful 16th century house in Northamptonshire in Central England. It was built by Sir John Spencer and is one of the great country houses of England. Althorp is now famous as the ancestral home and last resting place of Diana Princess of Wales. Her family – the Spencers – have lived on the 8,500-acre park for 5 centuries. Althorp Park is on the outskirts of the tiny village of Great Brington, 70 miles north of London. Visitors are able to view many of the house’s 122 rooms.
Althorp House has many fine interiors and contains valuable paintings, sculptures, furniture and ceramics. Architect Henry Holland transformed this Elizabethan red brick house in the 18th century and the gardens underwent much re-landscaping under Dan Pearson. The exhibition celebrating the life of Diana, Princess of Wales is now in the converted stables. Other things to see include the State Rooms including Wootton Hall, the Library, Saloon, Marlborough and Sunderland Rooms and the many wonderful paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Gainsborough. The Garden Lobby with its porcelain collection is also of interest.
Outside the house are peaceful gardens and the Round Oval, a small ornamental lake containing the island where Diana Princess of Wales was laid to rest. Visitors may roam through the landscaped garden leading to the arboretum, where a collection of rare trees have been planted, some by Diana and her sons. There is no visitor access to the island where the princess is buried but the memorial can be viewed across the Round Oval.