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Skirlaugh, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU11 4LN

Burton Constable Hall is set in 300 acres of natural parkland landscaped by Capability Brown and has been the home of the Constable family for over 400 years.

This truly hidden gem offers unrivalled access to more than 30 rooms and its interiors of faded grandeur are filled with collections of exquisite furniture, paintings and sculpture. There is a library of 5,000 books and a remarkable 18th century 'cabinet of curiosities', which contains fossils, natural history specimens and the most important collection of scientific instruments to be found in any country house. Explore out magnificent parkland, pastures and wildfowl lakes, and don't forget our 18th century stable block, which is home to the skeleton of a 58' sperm whale.

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We spent several hours in this fascinating house and there was so much to see we couldn't take it all in. The visit is self-guided so you can spend your time on your personal interests - and skip anything that does not! - but we enjoyed it all. There are knowledgeable volunteers in all the rooms who were all very pleasant to chat to and gave us all the information we wanted.

I visited with my husband and our dog. We ate in the dog dining room which was spotlessly clean and welcoming. We enjoyed afternoon tea for two which was of excellent quality and value for money...our dog even joined in by having the sausage roll!. We then went round the old stables which was very interesting and had a lovely walk in the wonderful grounds. It was so refreshing not to be treated as a second class citizen just because we had a dog with us. Well done to Burton Constable Hall!