Boughton House is famed for its beauty and its collections. There is a medieval core, but its exterior evokes an opulent French chateau, causing it to be termed the English Versailles. The magnificent collections can be explained by the ducal family surname Montagu-Douglas-Scott, which reflects the union of these three great families through their estates and marriages. The contents of the house are a comprehensive collection of furniture, tapestries, porcelain, carpets and many notable paintings. The old servant’s hall now houses one of the finest privately held armouries in the country.
The gardens were originally designed to impress the eye, and there were stunning vistas, tree-lined avenues and bold water features. However, for more than 200 years the huge formal gardens were almost lost. Today the avenues of trees have been replanted and a series of waterways, lakes and reflecting pools have been created. There is a walled walled garden containing herbaceous borders and flower beds, a rose garden and an ancient lily pond.
Guide price: £35.00