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Boughton House

Kettering, England, United Kingdom

About Boughton House

Boughton House is a remarkable French-influenced 17th-century English country mansion in Northamptonshire which is now periodically open to visitors.

Though a monastic building existed on the site of Boughton House in the Middle Ages, most of what can be seen today was constructed in the late 1600s by Ralph, 1st Duke of Montagu, who had previously served as English ambassador to France.

The influence of his time in France can be seen in the architecture of the house, which is reminiscent of the styles of great French palaces such as Versailles.

Though still a private charity-run estate, Boughton is open to visitors in Spring and Summer and boasts impressive baroque state rooms as well as grand collections of art, antiques and furniture. Visitors can also enjoy the formal gardens and parkland of the estate.