Phil Spencer's Stately Homes is a Documentary programme.
Phil Spencer's Stately Homes
Phil Spencer reveals his passion for period property on a grand tour of Britain's magnificent stately homes. From the spectacular Scottish Lowlands to the stunning South Downs, Phil reveals how and why these houses came to be, and some of the jaw-dropping bills their owners were landed with. First stop is Burghley House, a masterpiece of Elizabethan architecture set in 1400 acres of Lincolnshire parkland. Phil's host is Miranda Rock, a descendent of the famous Cecil family, who've lived there for over 400 years. Starting in the stunning central courtyard, they decode its stone symbols, then move on to the extravagant state rooms, including the Heaven Room and the Hell Staircase - both the work of dolce vita Italian artist, Antonio Verrio. With access to centuries-old accounts, invoices and receipts - including Verrio's astronomical wine bills - Phil tells the story of Burghley, starting with William Cecil, a favourite in the court of Queen Elizabeth I, and the man who built the house.
Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)
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