Wothorpe Towers is a romantic ruin: the remains of a unique 17th Century building of national significance. Situated on a hill above the town of Stamford, it was once an imposing Jacobean lodge created by the eldest son of Lord Burghley, Thomas Cecil, as a place of recreation. Built in the early 1600s, this was a wholly new type of Lodge – not set in a deer-park, forest or rabbit warren but instead created in a pastoral setting as a retreat from the formality and responsibility of a big house.