A house in decline
What makes this house special is its survival in an era of mid 20th century decline.
Calke is a house of contrast - your journey will take you from the grandeur of the saloon to the decline of the kitchen.
Essential repairs have been made to the fabric of the building but inside we endeavour to present the place as it was found.
Beasts of Calke
Obsessive collectors, the Harpur Crewe family amassed a huge collection of taxidermy.
Sir Vauncey had a particular enthusiasm for collecting stuffed birds. See what species you can spot. You can't miss them - rooms like the bird lobby above were dedicated to this popular Victorian hobby.