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.
NEW FOR 2016: LORD MONTAGU'S PRIVATE WING OPENING & TWO NEW EXHIBITIONS
Brand new for 2016, part of the late Lord Montagu's private apartment has been opened to visitors, incorporating two new exhibitions and the chance for visitors to see Lord Montagu's library.
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
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 GALLERY
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.
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 ON FILM
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...
The tour of the Palace House was superb, the guides were knowledgeable, friendly and had a good sense of humour.