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Palace House

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Explore a beautiful historic home

Palace House, once the gatehouse of the medieval Beaulieu Abbey, has been the Montagu family home since 1538.

In an idyllic New Forest setting, overlooking the picturesque Beaulieu River millpond, Palace House was remodeled and extended during the 1800s and is now a fine example of a Victorian country house. Inside, its ecclesiastical heritage sets the grand gothic tone for a home bristling with character and adorned with family treasures, portraits, and memorabilia.

Victorian Kitchen Refurbishment

We are excited to announce that the Victorian Kitchen will be undergoing an extensive refurbishment in 2017 - read the Palace House Blog and keep an eye on our social media channels for updates on the project.

Please note the Victorian Kitchen and Kitchen Shop will be closed from 9 January - 7 April while the works take place.

Library in Palace House

Edward, Lord Montagu's Library

Recently opened to the public for the first time, the library formed part of the late Lord Montagu's private apartments. With entrance through a false bookshelf door, the library is where Lord Montagu would play his records. If the windows were open, visitors could sometimes hear his favourite music playing across the lawn!

The Lady and The Rebel exhibition in Palace House


Discover the remarkable story of two women in the Montagu family, Pearl Pleydell-Bouverie and Elizabeth Montagu, whose lives give a unique perspective on many significant events of the 20th century.

Art Russe exhibition in Palace House


Beaulieu are pleased to host the first dedicated Soviet Russian art gallery in the UK. Displaying a selection of paintings and sculptures from the Art Russe foundation, this thematic collection will be renewed each quarter.

Guided Tours

Costumed guides assume the guise of Victorian household staff to illustrate and share the fascinating history of the building, its treasures, its secrets, its staff, and inhabitants - The Montagu family.

An English Gem

Today, Palace House is one of the Treasure Houses of England, a collection of ten of the most impressive stately homes, palaces and castles open to the public. Find out more here.

Palace House in The Honourable Rebel


Palace House was used as one of the primary locations in The Honourable Rebel, a feature film based on Elizabeth Montagu's life. The Dining Hall and Drawing Room are just two of the rooms you may recognise in this fascinating true story of Edward 3rd Baron Montagu's older sister - now available on DVD. Find out more...

Thoroughly absorbing day, you cannot fail to enjoy a trip there.

  • Tripadvisor Review
  • October 2016

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