Our work

Very little has changed here

Very little has changed here

Caring for Calke

Unlike many country houses Calke has not been restored to its former glory.

When we began to care for Calke in 1985 a decision was made to present the house as it was found. Essential repairs have ensured the structure is safe, but the house is little restored on the inside.

When it comes to looking after Calke we repair, not restore.


Our new biomass boiler runs on wood chip and has replaced inefficient LPG gas and electric heaters.

The project has enabled us to heat areas of the property with renewable energy.

Come and take a look on your next visit.


Like much of Calke the grotto was left to decline.

Consolidation work began in 2012 and you can now walk into the grotto and see cascading water.

After final repairs over the winter, the cavern has been stabilised for the new season.


Further phases of the tramway project will continue until the work is completed in spring 2014.

Creating a footpath between Calke and the Staunton Harold Estate, it will make it easier to walk between the two.

Gardener's tunnel

Take a look at the moment we opened the gardener's tunnel to the public for the first time.


Calke looks after National Trust places in Leicestershire.

We have acquired a significant Arts and Crafts cottage in Charnwood Forest, which is only our second built property in the county.