The maintenance of an estate such as Deene where all of the village is owned by the Estate is not a small job. With two permanent members of staff; Robert and Rodney, the team is always busy on multiple tasks at any one time.
The installation of a new Biomass Boiler is now complete. The Biomass Boiler uses woodchip to heat the whole house, estate offices, multiple properties and two of the flats on site as well as the extensive water system used throughout the house.
The Biomass Boiler uses woodchip from our woods to create the fuel needed for heat. With trees felled and chipped, woodlands are re-planted and thus this ecologically friendly source of fuel will make an enormous difference to the carbon footprint of the Estate.
The Estate has recently completed the conversion of an under-utilised concrete portal frame shed to form a 300-tonne woodchip store. The 500kW Hertz Biomass Woodchip Boiler uses approximately 300 tonnes per anum and we have sufficient storage now to be able to chip and store all of the Estate’s own woodchip requirement.
Home Farm Buildings
Home Farm buildings lie in the centre of Deene village, and are a range of under-utilised semi-derelict farm buildings. The Estate have recently submitted a Planning Application to East Northants Council for change of use to form business units and workshops. The proposal is to create 16 separate business units, totaling approximately 10,000 square feet of business space.
Lodge Farm Buildings
Lodge Farm Buildings are a small range of semi-derelict buildings on the approach to Deene, off the A43. Plans have been submitted to East Northants Council to create 14 separate business units, totalling approximately 6,500 square feet. This will include business space and a small range of offices.
KEYPrime Advance Accounts
Landmark’s KEYPrime Advanced Accounts software linked to KEYPrime Property was purchased in the autumn of 2013 Deene Park’s current owner’s father, the late Edmund Brudenell. He set the objective of updating the coding, recording and management for both accounts and property with a timescale to dovetail in with a Spring 2014 year start. Confidence in the system has grown since that initial data migration and the Estate Office team has worked with clarity and tenacity to transform the functioning of the office. Read our blog based on the Landmark Post case study as data collection and data management have been transformed across the estate.
The Estate Office
Breaking from the tradition of Estate offices being lots of small rooms where a person sits in solitary confinement with just a single desk, the Estate Building Team have transformed this area into a large open plan office with glass feature window into the Estate Manager’s office. With Mr. Robert Brudenell’s office also housed in this building, the space now includes a reception area and boardroom.
Additionally, in this area, a previously unused wing of the building has been transformed into a single bedroom flat, Coach House. The increased size of the Biomass Boiler will also incorporate the heat and hot water for this space. The home consists of an open plan kitchen, dining, living area as well as a bedroom and bathroom. A bolt-hole in a simply beautiful setting.
Thanks once again for arranging our visit and house tour – your guide was excellent and we all found the tour most interesting. The gardens were lovely, only marred by the wet weather, but I am sure many of us will want to see them again when the sun is shining. Please also thank the catering staff for the welcome refreshments and lunch.
Buckingham U3A Architecture Group25th June 2019
Our guide was Andrew the Head Gardener who is to be congratulated for his depth of knowledge about the origins of the gardens. He had studied the original records of the early days of the Brudenell/Cardigan family and produced a very interesting talk and tour. His passion and vision for the garden is refreshing and has produced a wonderful collection of “Cottage Garden” plants that flourish through the seasons with the encouragement of Mrs Brudenell. The Estate now has a lovely wooden framed shop selling plants and memorabilia pertaining to Deene Park. I’d love some of his Cottage Garden seeds! Very enjoyable couple of hours and the sun shone which is a bonus. Highly recommend.
Just a brief note to let you know how much our Reiki Alliance group enjoyed the visit to Deene Park.
There were many comments about how lovely the house, gardens and grounds were and how friendly and helpful the staff were. The overseas members of our group who met and spoke with the Brudenell family were most impressed and delighted that they were so approachable – something that would never happen in their home country.
The cream tea was enjoyed by all and most wished the visit could have lasted longer. Many thanks for your help in organising our visit.
Reiki Alliance26th May 2019
On behalf of our ladies who visited on Thursday 27th June a big thank you to all at Deene Park who made our visit so enjoyable. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and Wendy gave us the most interesting historical tour and insight of what is involved living in and running a grand house – we even had a glimpse of the chatelaine herself. We all agreed that, along with the glorious weather which showed the garden at its best, it was the most enjoyable of all our trips and many of us plan a return visit.
Manor Arts Group27th June 2019
Thank you very much for all your organisation. The arrangements worked well. The volunteer guides are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, in fact everyone was most welcoming. Please pass on to all the staff our grateful thanks for all their help and effort in making our day such an interesting and pleasant experience.
Cambridge District Pensioners’ Club18th June 2019
We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Deene Park today. Please thank your guides for making our tour around the many rooms and the information they shared with us so interesting. The cups of tea and choice of cake gave us the energy to walk round and explore the magnificent gardens and admire the long borders and topiary. We were fortunate to have fine weather and the butterflies, bees and dragonflies were a bonus.
Oundle Historical Society
Thank you for all your help which contributed to the success of our visit to Deene Park. We all had a very good time and were blessed with lovely weather to enjoy the garden. Please congratulate your catering team, the food was simply delicious. I chose well and thought the summer pudding was one of the best I’d ever tasted! We had a very good holiday and our visit to Deene at the beginning really set the tone for what was to follow, the guides were also excellent. My thanks for all your endeavours.
Linda DippyUpper Thames & Ridgeway NT Association
Our members were so enthusiastic about the pleasure they all had from the visit to Deene Park – so much to see, so much to learn and to enjoy. We are indebted to you and all the staff for giving us such a perfect day. Your guides are so clearly committed to Deene Park, its history and the family and it showed in the way they communicated their story. Margaret, who was with me in group 3 and struggles with getting around, has particularly asked me to pass on thanks to Joan who looked after her with stairs and chairs. Full marks also for lunch and tea and your cheery staff serving us. Finally I have to say that the gardens are looking gorgeous, even after the battering of rain they had had. Thank you so much.
Barnet National Trust Association12th June 2019
Wow!! What a great day we had. Deene Park was a little hidden gem. What a history it had and on behalf of all my group I would like you to pass on our thanks to our two guides, Ruth (my group) and David. They made the house come alive and had so much knowledge. Please also pass on our thanks to the chef, the food was excellent and the waitresses who were so pleasant and efficient. All in all it was a wonderful day and I will have no hesitation in recommending Deene Park as a great place to visit.
I visited today 29th June as part of the Boughton House group. Absolutely bowled over by this lovely warm house, its antecedents and history. Above all it felt like a home. Very privileged to be shown the Church especially by Charlotte Brudenell. I can’t praise the family enough for managing the complex preservation issues, but most of all for preserving this magical place for us all. Special thanks for making time for us, your pride in your ancestors is well founded.
Boughton Monuments Guides
Just to say a very big thank you to you for your patience and help, given that we were almost an hour late for our tour. We all thought the house and grounds were absolutely delightful and the historical talk you gave was pleasant, amusing and enjoyable. Thank you so much, once again, we all felt very privileged to have been able to not only visit Deene Park, but have had the exclusivity of a private viewing.
Offley Car Club10th May 2018
On behalf of the Fuchsia friendship travel club, I should like to thank you and all your team for the wonderful reception we received and care and attention during our visit. The ladies doing the food were so friendly and caring going out of their way to satisfy our needs! The tour guides in the house had a wealth of information, sometimes too much to take in, there was so much history to absorb about the family. Even the gardeners were giving us tips on growing their plants. Thank you for making our visit so enjoyable.
Barbara Barker19th June 2018
I would like to thank you for a fabulous visit on Wednesday. Everyone loved it and said there was a lovely atmosphere. The guide who took my group around was fantastic. Not only was he very knowledgeable, but he put it over very clearly and in an interesting manner, we were sorry we had to stop for lunch! The food was delicious and the ladies were friendly and helpful. All in all a perfect day.
Maureen StruttLetchworth Arts & Leisure Group