Lancelot 'Capability' Brown largely designed the parkland and gardens of Burghley House, in Lincolnshire, during the 18th-century, but England’s greatest Elizabethan house also provides a less well-known aspect of the celebrated landscaper’s life – his architecture. Believed to be his longest commission, during which he not only landscaped the grounds but also constructed buildings, Brown later recalled his work at the house – on the edge of the Georgian stone town of Stamford - as “25 years of pleasure.”
Brown's quarter-of-a-century association with Burghley began when Brownlow, the 9th Earl of Exeter, inherited the Estate in 1754 and employed him to mastermind the modernisation of the grounds, as well as aspects of the House itself. So, along with adding his mark to the garden and parkland, with sweeping views down to the stone buildings and church spires of Stamford, Brown constructed extensive stables, a fashionable Orangery - now Burghley’s popular restaurant - and Gothic garden summerhouse. Now centuries after Brown worked his magic on the landscape, the original views and vistas he created are being restored as part of the Parkland Management Plan.
Dorothy Stroud Capability Brown pgs. 74-9