The historic house, which can usually only be seen by day visitors to Beaulieu, will open its doors after dark for the special experience. Dinner will be served in the Portrait Gallery, surrounded by paintings of Montagu family ancestors including the 3rd earl of Southampton, who was Shakespeare’s only acknowledged patron.
Couples will be serenaded by a pianist at the grand piano and invited to explore the historic décor – with magnificent rooms and beautiful fan-vaulted ceilings – during a drinks reception before the four-course meal.
Palace House has been home to the Montagu family since 1538 and was previously the Great Gatehouse to Beaulieu Abbey. Guests can clearly see the monastic origins as they walk through the spectacular Lower Drawing Room and Dining Hall.
Valentine’s daytime visitors to Beaulieu will also have the chance to ‘lock in’ their love by placing padlocks on the Love Lock Tree in the grounds of Palace House. This beautifully crafted steel and copper bonsai tree sculpture in the Victorian flower garden was commissioned by Jonathan Montagu and Nathalie Montagu Daoust, as a symbol of their love. All of the guests at their wedding were given a padlock engraved with their name and a copper leaf to attach to the tree, which was interlocked with that of their partners before ceremonially throwing the keys into the Beaulieu River.
Jonathan and Nathalie decided they would like to open up their tree sculpture for couples visiting the Beaulieu attraction, to also make it a special place for them. Beaulieu visitors can buy padlocks from the attraction gift shop or bring their own engraved traditional square padlocks. Click here or call 01590 612345 for more details.