Visit to Boughton House, Northamptonshire

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A special private view of Boughton House has been provisionally arranged. Boughton House is the Northamptonshire home of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, KBE. In 1528, the Montagu family purchased the modest medieval buildings of the Abbey of St Edmundsbury and transformed them over the next 250 years into one of the great hosues of Europe. Boughton has been described as 'The English Versailles' and contains a superb collection of paintings, tapestries, furniture and porcelain, all of which are contemporary with the transformation of the House. Boughton is surrounded by fine parkland including lawns, lakes, waterways and woods, some of which are 290 years old.

Refreshments including lunch will be available in the Stable Restaurant, but must be pre-booked. Transport will be by coach leaving Stratford and calling at Leamington; the journey takes about 1 1/2 hours.

Please register interest by 17 January 2009, to David Custance, Tel: 01608 661386. Email: david.custance@btinternet.com