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“Very average”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Boughton House

Boughton House
Ranked #6 of 112 things to do in Kettering
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Very average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

Due to this gorgeous summer, we have been all over the country. We have visited lots of gardens, houses, seasides etc. sorry to say this was the most boring day out this year. Our tour of the house was endless. There were some highlights I.e. the lovely courtyard and the pavilion but these were few and far between. Our guide was very knowledgeable, but she rattled off her information as if she had been programmed. The house was polished and cleaned to the extent that you lost the sense of age. The grounds were extensive and ok for a walk but not too elaborate. The highlight of the day was the Eleanor cross in Geddington, the next village. That gave you a sense of history. Fortunately we were a small active group of over 60's as there was little to attract children......or me!

Visited August 2013
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English first
Margate, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
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“Come the revolution”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

What an incredible thing that the same few people own so much and have done for so long. The Duke apparently owns over 250,000 acres of Britain. He could build a new town full of low rent housing on the land at Boughton complete with services and run that as a business but open space and sheep presumably make better neighbours than people.
House full of treasures that only a few ever see, particularly plates that nobody will ever eat from.
The reverence of the very knowledgeable guide for the objects on display was touching, her deference disturbing in 2013.
Worth going to gawp, annoying and fascinating in turn.
Born equal?

Visited August 2013
4 Thank SA111
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Sleaford, United Kingdom
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“Not really Versailles like”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2013

The house itself although extremely interesting does not really live up to the "English Versailles" billing. The rooms you will see on the guided tour are typical of the date of their construction although the State Rooms are bizarrely proportioned; often taller than they are wide. We thought that the most stimulating elements were the contents; the paintings, ceramics and furniture etc. Many sumptious pieces which deserved a more protracted enjoyment than we were allowed by the tour which swept through an admittedly lengthy itinerary at a rapid pace.
The reconstructed gardens and water features are fascinating and are worth spending some time in. Overall the visit was satisfying although with the feeling that a lot had been missed or merely skimmed.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank jimc352
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“Beautiful and full of treasures”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

This was my second visit to Boughton - to see what I missed the first time. There is just so much on show that a second visit is necessary to catch up on what you missed the first time. The house is located in the Northamptonshire countryside. It was free flow through the house - guides were very helpful and knowledgeable. Beautiful tapestries and furniture on show. The Boulle furniture is a highlight. The tapestries are in great condition and the ceiling artwork is majestic. There is just so much to see - the ceilings by Cheron are beautiful but are easily distinguished from Antonio Verrio. Wonderful artworks to browse and as always in such majestic houses the Great Hall is a must see. Beautiful Sevre porcelain to view as well.

Staff friendly. No photography allowed in the house.

Entry fee was good value - so much to see on show.

Plenty of space to park.

Great day out.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Ballymena1973
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“Boughton House”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

Not the best of places to take a family. The house is interesting enough but nothing special. There is a small play area for children but not much.

Visited December 2012
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