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“A really good experience”
Review of Boughton House

Boughton House
Ranked #6 of 123 things to do in Kettering
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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 3 weeks ago

Boughton House have achieved an excellent blend of knowledge and anecdote on the tours of their house with a choice of three tours covering different parts of the house. Along with excellent gardens and views over the estate this is excellent value for money.

Thank John B
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Charles L, Manager at Boughton House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much and glad you enjoyed it :)

best wishes

Charles

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were briefly at Wicksteed Park in the morning so it combined quite easily as it opens only in the afternoon. On our arrival at 2pm we booked into the 3.30pm Great Hall tour, leaving time for a cup of tea and a walk round the landscape features. The bank holiday Greenbelt festival was being set up but did not interfere with our enjoyment of the lakes. Orpheus was best appreciated by walking down to the bottom and feeling the tranquillity of the structure. However we did not have time for some of the other garden areas.
The house tour was led by a very clear and informative lady. After quite a long introduction in the first room, and there being several young children in the group, I initially thought it would be a bit tedious. I was wrong, as the children were very well behaved and the tour pace picked up. The collection of paintings and tapestries were remarkable. I am not usually moved by cases of china plates but the sky blue display case was stunning. We finished with just enough time to see the exhibition and the quirky Chinese summer house.
A very enjoyable three hours.

Thank Margaret D
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Charles L, Manager at Boughton House, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Margaret

Thank you very much for your kind review and delighted you enjoyed it all. We hope to see you again!

best wishes

Charles

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We live near Bowhill so were keen to see the duke's English home. We were there on August 5th and the guide who took us round at 2.15pm was very good - unfortunately I didn't catch her name. There was plenty of interest and I was specially delighted to see the late duchess's wedding dress as I recall seeing her wedding photo in the newspapers in 1953 - I was eight and thought she was beautiful! However, as she lived in Bowhill, couldn't the dress be put on display there for a while? Enjoyable visit but we booked on line and didn't realise there were two different tours. As we had a journey ahead of us we couldn't stay for the other tour at 3pm which was disappointing.

Thank morageckford
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Charles L, Manager at Boughton House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks very much for the review and delighted you enjoyed your visit

It may be that on its return to Bowhill it will go on display as it required considerable conservation to be able to go on show here but I don't know the current thoughts.

Best wishes

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Commercial exploitation of the park and garden has spoilt a very beautiful site and this is probably my third and last visit.
There was a huge marquee with a very noisy Indian wedding on the lawn near the house and the fountain and a large area of parkland was fenced off in preparation for some Festival with men putting up huge tents, hammering and drilling. It was impossible to escape noise.
The catering was excellent and the staff both friendly and efficient.

Thank mariannevictoria2014
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Charles L, Manager at Boughton House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks very much for your review and I am sorry that our events did intrude on your enjoyment of the day.

We do need to generate considerable sums to safeguard, conserve and protect the wonderful collection, the House itself and its surroundings and this does mean that other events do take place in and around the House - as they have done for centuries.

A number of other day visitors did say how much they enjoyed the wedding going on and a few were even swaying to the music!

I do think that both the wedding - which was for a lovely local family - and the forthcoming Greenbelt festival do provide an opportunity for non traditional visitors to explore and enjoy the House and gardens.

best wishes

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited on an August afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed two very informative tours with so much on view. The rooms for free flow were also packed with exhibits and you come away wondering why it is not more widely known and better supported. Prices are certainly reasonable and there is no commercial pressure once you are inside.
The gardens too are well worth exploring and you will find the afternoon disappears rapidly, providing you refuel at the tearoom at some stage.

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Charles L, Manager at Boughton House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks very much for your kind feedback - it is a bit of a hidden gem but with reviews like yours hopefully will become better known.

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