Boughton House is one of Britain’s grandest and best-preserved stately homes. Set in an estate of 11,000 acres near Geddington, Northamptonshire, it is one of the seats of the Duke of Buccleuch and famed for its beauty, its collections (furniture, tapestries, porcelain, carpets and fine art – visitors can view a magnificent range of paintings by great artists, including The Adoration of the Shepherds by El Greco, Gainsborough’s portrait of Mary Montagu, grisailles and portraits by Van Dyck, and Breaking Cover by John Wootton.), and the fact it has survived virtually unchanged since the eighteenth century. While possessing a medieval core, its exterior evokes an opulent French chateau, and is often labelled ‘The English Versailles’. The ducal family surname of its owners is Montagu-Douglas-Scott. The magnificence of the collections reflects the union of three great families and their estates through marriage: Montagu, the Dukes of Montagu; Douglas, the Dukes of Queensberry; and Scott, the Dukes of Buccleuch.
Outside the house in the tranquil country park are wide sculptured lawns, serene lakes, waterways, woods and avenues of trees to be enjoyed.
We will travel on an executive coach. On arrival, we will assemble in front of the house for a group photograph and then proceed to the Stables Tearoom for refreshments. At 11.00am, we will have a guided tour of the House. The licensed Tearoom serves (free flow) a selection of hot and cold meals, soup, cakes, and sandwiches but you might wish to bring a picnic that, in the event of inclement weather, could be consumed on the coach. There is an option for group dining (minimum 25 covers) at £13.50 a head; further details are on the booking form. After lunch we will board our coach for a guided tour of the estate, taking in St Edmund’s Church, a beautiful parish church situated within the small estate village of Warkton, which contains a lavish purpose built chancel to house grand funerary monuments of the family. After the tour, we are free to roam around the gardens. We will board the coach at 5.00 pm for the return journey to Melton.
Date & Timings: Saturday 12th August 2017
Depart from Melton Mowbray at 9.00 am. Arrive at Destination at c. 10.30 am.
Depart from Destination at 5.00 pm. Arrive at Melton Mowbray at c. 6.30 pm.
The cost of £34.50 per person includes coach travel, parking, coffee/tea on arrival, guided tours of the house and estate and gratuities. Spare places may be offered to non-Society members who will be charged an additional £1 to secure membership.
To reserve a place on the outing please return the completed booking form to the organiser with the full amount payable – cheques made out to Melton Mowbray & District Historical Society – by 22nd July. Please enclose a stamp addressed envelope or an e-mail address so that receipt of your reservation may be acknowledged. Payments for reservations cancelled within 2 weeks of the outing may be partially refunded provided entrance tickets have not been purchased.
DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL WILL BE FROM/AT THE MELTON & DISTRICT INDOOR BOWLS CLUB, LEICESTER ROAD, MELTON MOWBRAY (NEAR B&Q DIY STORE). PLEASE INDICATE ON BOOKING FORM IF YOU REQUIRE PICK UP FROM WILTON ROAD CAR PARK.
Organiser: Peter Raikes. Tel: 01664 567118
The Society can accept no responsibility for accidents, loss of property, etc. of those participating in the Society’s events.