Visit to Boughton House
- Boughton House |
Known as ‘The English Versailles’ Boughton has been the home of the Montagus and their descendants since 1528. it started life as a simple Tudor manor, with a Great Hall at its heart and for 150 years it expanded gently, organically as various courtyards and appendages were added. Then in two decades of hectic building the long North front, where the visitor arrives, rose up, embracing State Rooms and Stables with its distinctive Mansard roof and the flavour of Versailles. For Ralph Montagu, later to be 1st Duke of Montagu, a passionate builder and patron of artists, craftsmen and decorators of every sort, this transformation was the pursuit of a dream – to bring French beauty and style to an English landscape.
The morning involves a full guided tour which includes the State Apartments, part of the house and the first floor have a considerable number of stairs, hence they are not recommended for elderly or infirm visitors. The guided tours take approximately two hours.
After a cold buffet lunch, take a coach tour of the Estate which aims to show the close association between historic family home and its traditional but modern run country estate.
Further information about Boughton House can be found at www.boughtonhouse.org.uk.
Kettering Northamptonshire Derbyshire NN14 1BJ