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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 in Palace House. Dena Saunderson - Lord Montagu's cook.

Newly Restored Victorian Kitchen

New for 2017, the Victorian Kitchen has been restored and is now open to visitors. With a working Victorian range, if you visit during the school holidays you may be able to see Lord Montagu's cook preparing dishes for the family.

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Lord Montagu's Library in Palace House

Edward, Lord Montagu's Library

With entrance through a false bookshelf door, the library formed part of the late Lord Montagu's private apartments and 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 collection 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.

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...

Seine Net Fishing on the Beaulieu River

Seine Net Fishing Tours

Join our guides for a trip to watch traditional seine net fishing on the Beaulieu River. If we catch a fish we may take it back to the Palace House Kitchen! Tours will be running on the following dates:

23 June at 10:45am  |  7 July at 11:00am

We particularly enjoyed the tour around Palace House, where the tour given by Lord Montagu's butler was amazing. We felt like we were guests of the family and could actually look at and turn the pages of family photo albums which were amazing and so interesting.

  • Tripadvisor Review
  • May 2017

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