Palace House Beaulieu, Virtual Tour

Filming with social distancing on the Beaulieu Estate with Lord and Lady Montagu for a virtual tour of the historic Palace House.

We were recently asked by Lord and Lady Montagu to create a new virtual tour of Palace House at Beaulieu.

Palace House was built in the 13th century and was the gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey.  Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII the estate was purchased by Sir Thomas Wriothesley, who was later created 1st Earl of Southampton.

The house was extended in the 16th century, and again in the 19th century, and is today a fine example of a Gothic country house.  The house overlooks Beaulieu River and is surrounded by lawns and informal areas.

The inside of the house including the kitchens has been kept in a Victorian style.  The menu of the day from 1899 is written-up daily on the kitchen chalkboard.

Beaulieu Estate comprises over 7000 acres principally used for agriculture and forestry.  Besides Palace House the estate encompasses the National Motor Museum, the ruins of the C13th Abbey and the village of Bucklers Hard.

Palace House is still the family home of the Montagu family who are descendants of the 1st Earl of Southampton. The house was opened to the public in 1952 by the father of the current Lord Montagu.

The video tour is a perfect way for people who can’t easily get around the house to view the rooms and items on display with Lord and Lady Montagu acting as their personal guides.  The areas on view include personal insights into family portraits and personal items on display.

Here’s a snippet of the finished tour:-