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Calke Abbey, United Kingdom

From series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Year: 12 century.

Calke Abbey has a quite outstanding history. It is a building of the 12th century Augustinian priory. Later the priory was closed under the order of Henry VIII. At the beginning of the 18th century, the building was fully rebuilt in the baroque style. The house was owned by the Harpur family for nearly 300 years until the last owner died. After 1985 the house came into possession of the government and became open for people.

Calke Abbey, United Kingdom Some rooms were left in the way that they were during at the Harpur family times. Today the old Abbey is a large architecture and park complex, visitors can walk in a great landscape park. The spacious area has also placed a small farm, that’s why the place is quite good for families.

The Abbey is surrounded with a forest that is a significant natural park with rare deer and other wild animals. Throughout the year the old priory holds a number of interesting events – festivals, holidays devoted to the national cultural life. The best time for visiting is the eve of the important national holiday. The house is open for the excursions for a twelvemonth. To the beginning - Anichkov Palace

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Sainsbury's Bank ATM' located in 3.45 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Practical Car & Van Rental' is located in 3.72 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Tesco Phone Shop' in 5.2 km
Supermarket: 'Sainsbury's Local Melbourne' in 3.46 km
Parking: 'Calk Round Car Park' in 0.88 km
Apotheek: 'Well Melbourne Potter Street' in 3.32 km
Police station: 'Swadlincote Police Station' in 7 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Ticknall Village Store and Tea Rooms' in 1.88 km
Railway station: 'Willington' in 9 km

Nearest airports:
 »  East Midlands Airport EMA - in 9 km
 »  Birmingham Airport BHX - in 42 km
 »  Coventry Airport CVT - in 47 km
 »  Cottesmor RAF Airport OKH - in 54 km
 »  Sheffield City Airport SZD - in 66 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Calke Abbey

The Staff Of Life

Located in 2 km from Calke Abbey
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Rooms: 7
Rooms are stylishly decorated with en suite facilities and many have original features. Some of the rooms have a large plasma-screen TV. Free … More: photo, rates and booking
Harpur's of Melbourne

Located in 3 km from Calke Abbey
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Rooms: 4
Rooms at Harpur's of Melbourne are elegant in style, with wooden furnishings. Each has a TV with satellite channels, and comes with facilities for … More: photo, rates and booking
The Mill Wheel Inn

Located in 4 km from Calke Abbey
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Rooms: 4
Rooms at The Mill Wheel Inn feature contemporary decor and original period charm. All include Freeview TV, tea and coffee making facilities and en … More: photo, rates and booking
Smithy Studio B&B

Located in 5 km from Calke Abbey
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Rooms: 2
Each luxurious room has en suite or private bathroom facilities with bath or shower and complementary toiletries. There is also a flat-screen TV with … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Calke Abbey - Nottingham

Nottingham is surrounded by thick and amazing Sherwood Forest, which has become internationally famous due to connection with the name of the legendary thief Robin Hood. This name has become widely known more than seven hundred years ago; Robin Hood has always been the synonym of justice and romanticism. This atmosphere can be felt even in the modern city as many sights and cultural programs are devoted to the stories about the exploits and adventures of Robin Hood. He became a kind of the symbol of the city. Some streets of Nottingham are named after him, as well as restaurants and pubs.
Each year the city hosts a festival dedicated to the most romantic robber. For a whole week the locals have fun, sing songs, and organize costumed presentations and theatre performances. At this time of the year you will find here numerous outdoor cafes where you can taste national dishes and drinks.

Of course, this festival is the largest and most well-known one, but in Nottingham are organized other no less exciting activities - Lawrence Festival, the Big Ballet, Dance Festival, the annual Goose Fair, British Art Show and many other fascinating events.
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