Calke Abbey was the home of the Harpur family for over 300 years.
The family, who were well known for their reclusive tendencies, made their fortune from the law in Elizabethan times.
Calke Abbey was originally the site of a former Augustinian monastery.
The Harpurs spent a great deal of their wealth on updating the original Tudor house first in Baroque style and later in neo-classical style.
The property was acquired by the National Trust in 1985. Although they have carried out essential repairs the building has been preserved to illustrate the decline of the English country house.
The house thus retains a 'time capsule' appearance.
The interior is virtually unchanged since the 1880s. It contains the Harpurs' collection of natural history, mainly acquired by Sir Vauncey Harpur Crewe, which adds to the eccentric feel of the house. Also displayed is the family's collection satirical caricatures with political and social themes. Another feature is a splendid 18th century bed.
The house is surrounded by historic parkland with deer and Portland sheep. The grounds include a recently restored orangery, walled garden, an early 19th century church and pleasure grounds.