Boughton Estate

Boughton, ‘the Montagu property’, is a traditional rural estate in Northamptonshire. Boughton Estate has been in the family since 1528 when it was acquired by Sir Edward Montagu, a direct ancestor of the present Duke of Buccleuch.

The House was greatly enlarged in the first 170 years, a period influenced by a strong French style.

The Montagu family merged with the Scotts in 1770 when Elizabeth Montagu, who was married to Henry, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch, inherited her brother John’s property.

Great care has gone into maintaining this palatial home and its magnificent grounds.

Boughton Estate was a location for shooting the 2012 Les Miserables movie.

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Tourism
Boughton House and Gardens open to the public daily throughout August, offering visitors a full and fascinating day trip experience. In Boughton House visitors can join guided tours of the Armoury and our five State Rooms, each housing part of the Buccleuch Collection, a stunning array of artworks and antiquities which includes paintings by El Greco and Van Dyck, William and Mary period furniture, 16th Century Middle East rugs and, adorning the ceilings and walls, the Mortlake tapestries.

Boughton’s extensive parklands and gardens have undergone major restoration in recent years, with replanting of avenue trees (including a mile of limes) and bold water features. As well as walking in the Sensory Gardens, Walled Garden and Rose Garden, visitors can also tour the 21st Century Garden, including the Orpheus Project, a striking and contemporary Kim Wilkie landscape art installation of the old formal garden at Boughton, commissioned by the current Duke.

By special appointment, group tours can be booked out of season. In addition, Boughton House and Estate hosts occasional events such as the National Gardens Scheme ‘Gardens Open’ weekend in October and a spectacular Bonfire Night celebration to mark Northamptonshire’s unique association with the Gunpowder Plot.

Our visitor services team at Boughton House and Estate cater for group tours, school visits and also manage special hire enquiries for weddings, private events and filming or photo shoots.



Tourism
Tourism
Boughton House and Gardens open to the public daily throughout August, offering visitors a full and fascinating day trip experience. In Boughton House visitors can join guided tours of the Armoury and our five State Rooms, each housing part of the Buccleuch Collection, a stunning array of artworks and antiquities which includes paintings by El Greco and Van Dyck, William and Mary period furniture, 16th Century Middle East rugs and, adorning the ceilings and walls, the Mortlake tapestries.

Boughton’s extensive parklands and gardens have undergone major restoration in recent years, with replanting of avenue trees (including a mile of limes) and bold water features. As well as walking in the Sensory Gardens, Walled Garden and Rose Garden, visitors can also tour the 21st Century Garden, including the Orpheus Project, a striking and contemporary Kim Wilkie landscape art installation of the old formal garden at Boughton, commissioned by the current Duke.

By special appointment, group tours can be booked out of season. In addition, Boughton House and Estate hosts occasional events such as the National Gardens Scheme ‘Gardens Open’ weekend in October and a spectacular Bonfire Night celebration to mark Northamptonshire’s unique association with the Gunpowder Plot.

Our visitor services team at Boughton House and Estate cater for group tours, school visits and also manage special hire enquiries for weddings, private events and filming or photo shoots.



Property
Boughton Estate has an extensive and varied portfolio of lets. Our properties range from residential to offices, workshops, storage, studios, tearooms, a post office, the Montagu Club and a farm shop.

The properties are mostly situated in four Estate villages, each of which is a thriving rural community in its own right.

The Estate has its own team of skilled tradesmen who specialise in traditional building techniques. They maintain our existing properties and develop potential projects to the highest of standards, thereby continuously enriching the fabric of the Estate.
Agriculture
4,000 of the Estate’s 12,000 acres are farmed in-hand, with a further nine let farms varying from 350 acres to 900 acres. We grow a variety of arable crops, and also have dairy and sheep operations.
Forestry
The woodlands on Boughton Estate comprise almost 2,400 acres of deciduous trees, which we harvest in a highly sustainable manner for commercial purposes. Our forestry operation supplies seasoned firewood for mostly domestic use as well as woodchip for combined heat and power units (CHP’s).

We also provide an outsourced forestry solution for specialist services such as tree surgery, lopping, pruning and tree removal.
Energy
As a land-based business, we have been integral part of the energy supply chain for years. As energy demands continue to grow, we are always looking at new opportunities to ensure energy efficiency at the Estate.