Following a two-year enforced snooze, Boughton House tentatively looks forward to opening on selected dates in August. Previously the House ‘slept’ for nearly two centuries after the death of the 2nd Duke when the House passed through the female line to noble families whose main residences were elsewhere. The Dukedom of Montagu became extinct and, for two centuries, the House was well looked after but slumbered, and hence was wonderfully preserved.

Boughton was once a simple Tudor manor, with a Great Hall at its heart, but is now a palatial residence on the scale of the most splendid in the country. isiting you will be able to see one of Britain’s most outstanding collections of fi ne art including stunning pieces of furniture, tapestries, porcelain, carpets and weapons. Visitors can also view a magnifi cent range of paintings by great artists, including the Adoration of the Shepherds by El Greco, Gainsborough’s portrait of Elizabeth Montagu, grisailles and portraits by Van Dyck, and Breaking Cover by John Wootton.

The Gardens will also be open with the House. After sell-out Garden openings in May, visiting in August will give guests the opportunity to see the Gardens at the height of summer with wonderful texture and aromas within the sensory Garden. There is a fantastic display of Dahlias, Gladiolus, Rosemary, Thyme, and Scented Pelargoniums. It is the time of cut fl ower gardens and fl oral arrangements.

The wider parkland is also alive with wildlife. Many of Boughtons chicks have now fl edged the nest and can be seen and heard throughout the Parks and Gardens, particularly the various water-fowl chicks and cygnets happily swimming on the many water features.

For the most up-to-date information, dates and times and to book (essential) please see Boughton House website 

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 Boughton House July/August 2021