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Wednesday 29 June 2022 – Boughton House and Gardens, Kettering

Booking Months: At May and June Lectures 
                     Cost: to be decided

This remarkable house, the English home of the Duke of Buccleuch and
Queensberry is a blend of the intimate and the grand, drawing its inspiration from the Palace of Versailles. Its village-like Tudor courtyards contrast with its palatial 18th century additions, earning it the title ‘The English Versailles’
Visitors can view a magnificent range of paintings by great artists, including The Adoration of the Shepherds by El Greco, Gainsborough’s, more than forty grisailles and portraits by Van Dyck, and Breaking Cover by John Wootton to name but a few.

Boughton also has some of the best-preserved baroque State Rooms in the British Isles. Here you can walk through grand apartments of contrasting character decorated in extravagant yet elegant taste.

The surrounding designed landscape has been carefully restored over the last decade with wide sculptured lawns to survey, serene lakes, waterways, woods and avenues of trees to be strolled down.

Our Private visit will include coffee on arrival, a guided tour of 20 rooms of the house, lunch and time to discover the garden. The formal gardens include the Walled Garden with its herbaceous border, flowerbeds and newly created Sensory Garden. There will be an optional guided tour of the gardens when booking, otherwise you will be free to wander at leisure.