Palace House

Explore a beautiful historic home
Let our costumed characters guide you...
...around the splendid Drawing Room...
...into the magnificent Dining Hall...
...through the charming Kitchen...
...and around the regal Portrait Gallery.
Palace House
Palace House
Palace House
Palace House
Victorian Kitchen in Palace House. Dena Saunderson - Lord Montagu's cook.
Palace House

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.

Restored Victorian Kitchen

How did the Victorians cook and what did they eat? Visit the restored Victorian Kitchen to find out! If you visit during the school holidays you may be able to see Lord Montagu’s cook preparing dishes for the family. Find out more

Inspired to create your own dishes? Visit the gift shop to pick up a copy of To The Manor Born featuring recipes from the Montagu family archives.

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.

Find out more about these extraordinary women with a series of books and films available from the Beaulieu Gift Shop.

Palace House Library

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!

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.

Aerial view of Palace House

Itineraries: Plan Your Day Out

To help you make the most of your visit, we’ve put together some suggested itineraries with hints and tips to help you plan your day out at Beaulieu.

Belinda Lady Montagu Exhibition in Palace House

The Art of Belinda, Lady Montagu

An exhibition celebrating the painting, drawing and needlework of Lord Montagu’s late mother, Belinda, Lady Montagu.

From colourfully painted house fittings to ornate handbags and bold fancy dress costumes, The Art of Belinda, Lady Montagu – her story in stitches showcases Belinda’s work in the former private wing of Palace House.

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…

Edward, Lord Montagu and veteran cars in the entrance hall of Palace House

Did you know…

…Palace House was one of the first historic houses to open to the public?

Find out more about this pioneering historic house.

Palace house was very grand with polite and friendly staff happily talking with us about the history there. It truly was a trip back in time!