Monday, July 23, 2012

Beaulieu Palace House and Gardens

The Beaulieu Palace House and Gardens are situated in the Beaulieu Estate, near Southampton. Formerly the 13th century Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey, Palace House is set in glorious grounds and gardens with immaculate spreading lawns and walkways overlooking the Beaulieu River. 

This house, kept in the style of its later Victorian additions, has been in Lord Montagu's family since 1538. 

The monastic origins of the House are evident. The visitor can of course see the family treasures, portraits, photographs and memorabilia. The Palace House still remains a family house, still lived in by the present Lord Montagu and his family. 

The Beaulieu name means "beautiful place" and the gardens certainly live up to the name. The gardens have developed into a mixture of formal and informal design, filled with various and wonderful sculptures, scattered all around the Estate.

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