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Boughton House
Ranked #7 of 109 things to do in Kettering
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One of Britain’s grandest and best-preserved stately homes with a fabulous art collection and a restored 18th-century designed landscape gardens, woodlands and a grand country park. It is open every Easter and August for guided tours and at other times of the year for special events. Groups can visit all year round by appointment. Boughton has some of the best-preserved baroque State Rooms in the British Isles. Here you can walk through grand apartments of contrasting character decorated in extravagant yet elegant taste with the finest artworks of the House’s golden era. Once you’ve had your tour of the House, you can step out into the surrounding country park. Its tranquil delights have been carefully restored over the last decade, and now there are wide sculptured lawns to survey, serene lakes, waterways, woods and avenues of trees to be strolled down.
Reviewed 29 May 2014

We went on a coach trip to Boughton House and on arrival were split into two groups our group were guided by a lady who was, to be blunt very dictatorial had no sense of humour and even glared when some of us dared to speak! I do appreciate that this lady is a volunteer but if the information cannot be given in a friendly way then it really detracts from the visit. Our other group had a completely different story to tell and all thoroughly enjoyed their experience which proves the point of my title!
The house itself had some lovely paintings, furniture and pottery but the management team could do with lessons from the National Trust on presentation and lighting. The grounds are very impressive and major works are being done outside. The highlight of the visit was seeing Red Kites soaring low above us at close range.

2  Thank Marian V
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"state rooms"
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"rose garden"
in 8 reviews
"guided tour"
in 10 reviews
"no photography allowed"
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"knowledgeable guide"
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"gift shop"
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"limited opening times"
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"grand etang"
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"van dyck"
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"stately home"
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"lovely grounds"
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"tea room"
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"les miserables"
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"extensive grounds"
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"great guide"
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"gunpowder plot"
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Lovely day out, fab setting. The grounds are amazing. Easy accessible. Lovely refreshments. Would recommend.

1  Thank Natasha512
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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!

2  Thank inneedofrest
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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?

6  Thank SA111
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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.

2  Thank jimc352
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