Broadlands House - Romsey, Hampshire
Broadlands House & Estate - Romsey, Hampshire
BROADLANDS HOUSE WILL BE OPEN FROM WEDNESDAY 28TH JUNE 2017 TO FRIDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2017 (WEEKDAYS ONLY).
The House will be open for guided tours on Monday to Friday afternoons at 1pm. Last admission and tour at 4pm. Tours last approximately 1 hour and will finish on the lawn by the River Test
The magnificent Historic Home of Lord Mountbatten. It remains one of England's most delightful country homes and a gem of mid-Georgian beauty. Visitors can see many of the original painting, furniture, porcelain and magnificent sculpture collected by the Second Viscount Palmerston.
The original manor and area known as Broadlands had belonged to Romsey Abbey since before the time of the 11th-century English Norman Conquest.
After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Broadlands was sold to Sir Francis Fleming in 1547. His daughter married Edward St Barbe, and the manor remained the property of the St Barbe family for the next 117 years. Broadlands was sold to Henry Temple, 1st Viscount Palmerston in 1736. He began the deformalisation of the gardens between the river and the house and produced (the broadlands) the gentle descent to the river.
In 1767 a major architectural transformation was begun by Lancelot Capability Brown and completed by Henry Holland, which led to making Broadlands the Palladian-style mansion seen today.
The 2nd Viscount Palmerston had requested that Brown go there and seize upon the capabilities of the earlier Tudor and Jacobean manor house. Between 1767 and 1780, William Kent's earlier deformalizing work was completed, as well as further landscaping, planting, clearing and riverside work.
Broadlands was later the country estate of the nineteenth century Prime Minister, Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston and in the 20th century home of Earl Mountbatten of Burma.
Please note: Gardens and grounds are not open to visitors and there are no catering facilities at the House.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.