After roaming your way through centuries of motoring history visitors can take some time to explore Beaulieu Palace House and Gardens. The historic house was once the gatehouse to Beaulieu Abbey and it dates all the way back to the 13th century. Still owned by the Montagu family, the house, gardens and abbey welcome visitors and still offer an insight into what life was really like for the monks and the families who have called the house and abbey home over the centuries.
Beaulieu House is surrounded by the kind of sprawling lawns you only tend to see in films these days, and the pathways invite visitors to spend time strolling beside the river before they finish exploring the sites. It’s still easy to see the evidence of the home’s monastic roots, and there’s a welcoming atmosphere throughout that makes taking in the family treasures and artefacts a pleasure. Palace House is still very much a family home, so apart from the odd ghostly sighting visitors can expect to be greeted by a warm atmosphere that’s rare in historic homes.
Beaulieu Abbey was founded by Cistercian monks in 1204, and it’s still possible to enjoy a walk through the cloisters they once called home and the herb garden where they spent many an hour growing herbs to use as medicines and cooking ingredients. Henry VIII destroyed a large section of the abbey, but that doesn’t stop its remains from wowing visitors.