Broadlands

Broadlands, Romsey: Hours, Address, Broadlands Reviews: 3/5

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Built in 1767, this stately and magnificent family home home of the Mountbattens contains an extensive portrait collection, elegant furnishings and sculpture collections. Tours of the ground floor of the house will be available again in August 2021. The opening dates for 2021 are 14th August 2021 - 26th August and 29th - 30th August. Hours - 12pm-5pm, last admission 3.30pm. Pre-booked tickets will be available to purchase on-line in due course. For 2022 the house expects to be open for part of April and August, with the dates yet to be determined. Events in the parkland at Broadlands are being held (please see the website for details).
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PJ A
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Bring back the broadlands that was not the national trust.a grand name with no purpose.
Oct 2021 • Friends
Broadlands estate has never been in such a state.who is supposed to run it.there is no one. it is totally neglected.
The national trust who are they.
Where are they. How did they come to be associated with broadlands.
Reaping the benefits. And putting nothing into it.needs sorting out
Written October 24, 2021
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Lee Cooper
Purley, UK118 contributions
Enjoyable, but could have been more
Aug 2021 • Couples
Being born in Romsey 50 years ago, Broadlands has always held an interest with me, so it was good to finally get the chance to visit the house today.

Only the ground floor was open for the guided tour, and then some places such as the internal courtyard and orangery were off-limits.

I had hoped to be given more information about Mountbatten. Was he really asked to join a coup to depose Harold Wilson? Where was he educated? Why is the Mountbatten name part of Price Charles' surname? No mention of any of this.

Still, it was an enjoyable visit to Broadlands.
Written August 29, 2021
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Visit Blighty
2,751 contributions
Lord Mountbatten’s and Lord Palmerston’s former home
Aug 2019
For personal reasons I was really keen to see Broadlands. It has very limited opening times, but they work and I was able to email with the team ahead of time to get further information and details such as that the tours last between 1 - 1.5hr. They start roughly every half hour. You can not book the regular tour ahead of time. Payment is by cash (or cheque ?!) only and there is no guidebook or such like. Also other than the tour and the courtyard area there is nothing by means of formal gardens or other areas to explore, let alone any catering facilities. You can however see both fronts of the house and there’s a cannon to see (a memento from one of Mountbatten’s battles).

I parked up and then it was quite a muddy walk to the visitor entrance which takes about 5 minutes. You’re welcomed in the old stables which is where you purchase your ticket and sign up for the tour. Just to clarify you can only visit the house on a tour, there is no free flow or self guided options. In the courtyard there are some information boards and there’s an interesting video running on a loop telling the story of Mountbatten’s life. It was here that our guide met us. I guess there were about 10 of us on the tour.

We walked up to the house which with its colonnaded front has a commanding presence set in a meadow and with a quiet river at the end of the lawn which is revered with anglers. The tour lasted a good hour and I really want to tell you it was fantastic, but in reality it was a bit dry. Although I’m sure our guide is a fountain of knowledge on the subject it was a shame there was a lack of fun or memorable anecdotes. I also felt that perhaps the expectation is that you go there as an aficionado of the First Sea Lord instead of as in my case where I as a novice hoping it would give me an inspirational introduction. I was fascinated by his mentorship to the then Prince of Wales (Edward VIII) as well as by his posting as the last Viceroy of India.

On the tour you’re shown an array of the ground floor rooms. The first ones in particular were unexpected to me as they were full of roman busts and artefacts and with a prominent marble presence. A couple of the rooms were near empty and in the process of being redecorated/renovated. Some indeed felt as lived in rooms whilst other ones seemed more mothballed in nature. I was fascinated to learn that Lord Palmerston (the one in the Victoria TV series) was one of the previous owners of Broadlands, as I was about the family’s connections with Mountbatten. It would have been wonderful to have learned more about this on my day of visiting. There’re some fantastic paintings. Particularly those of Lord Palmerston. One of my favourite rooms was the study which was full of all sorts of interesting and noteworthy treasures. It felt very cosy. There’s also a fun collection of walking sticks in one of the halls, including those of Florence Nightingale and Charlie Chaplin. I enjoyed learning how members of the royal family have spent time at Broadlands and about their special connection with it. As such you do feel honoured to see this special historic place on the inside. It’s a shame there’s no guidebook as a memento and source of reference.

I found out several interesting things on the tour and was glad I saw Broadlands. Friends of mine of an older generation were very impressed I had done so. However I was perhaps half the age of everyone else on the tour and I suspect that’s time to rethink their present approach as I imagine many people of my generation and after will have less knowledge of this great man. It would be wonderful to use Broadlands as a way to enlighten us.
Written December 7, 2019
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Elliot W
Fareham, UK239 contributions
Lovely stately home
Aug 2019 • Couples
Only open to the public a few times a year. Very nice but has a real fabulous feel to it. It appears that the volunteers know the countess and they are full of admiration for the family. Beautiful house set in a stunning landscape that was originally designed by Capability Brown. Could not believe how clean and clear the River Test is flowing through the grounds.
Written August 29, 2019
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DRW44
Salisbury, UK1,422 contributions
THE MOUNTBATTENS’ FAMILY HOME
Aug 2019
Things have improved at Broadlands with more rooms to see and a very interesting and informative guided tour (just over an hour) of the ground floor. However, there are no refreshments available and the toilets are of the portacabin type situated in a very muddy carpark. The house is only open for a week or two at a couple of times throughout the year so it’s essential to check on their website for opening times. At the end of the tour, go round to the back of the house for a lovely view over the river Test and countryside. No photos in the house.
Written August 22, 2019
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Couple from Cornwall
1 contribution
Visit to Broadlands
Aug 2019
My husband and I visited today. We really felt as if we were not welcome. It felt as if the family were happy enough to take your money but did not realky want members of the public visiting the house and garden.. We visited almost 34 years years ago there was a lot more of the house and grounds open and we enjoyed it. So being in the are again revisiting was meant to be A lovleyndaynout. A VERY DIASAPOINTING visit. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND SPENDING THE MONEY TO VISIT.
Written August 19, 2019
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Stay624123
Fareham, UK1 contribution
Disappointing visit
Aug 2019
I am writing this from the point of view of an 85 year old.From the outset I felt I felt underwhelmed and not really valued as a visitor. Carv parking on a muddy gravelbpatchvwith a view of toiletscwith open doors. Reception area is through stables and on arriving at14:20 told we could not visit till 15:00 and were sent across to a cold and un inviting flag stoned barn to watch a very old film with por sound. We were eventuallly fetched and kept standing outside in hot sunshine for a long period of time listening to explanations. The tour round the house was exceptionally slow and we were left standing
still for long periods of time listening but not viewing. The rooms, apart from the Palmerston / Mounbatton interest were not much different from any ststely home. Some were very empty. In the end I had to ask for respite from standing still for so long and was offered a garden chair but missed some of the visit. Very few rooms seen - the best bit was the lovely view of the River Test! My friend was disappointed that Burma and the Ghurkas were not high lighted and I wondered why there were no photos of Charles and Diana - Diana must have been quite nervous coming to this place.
No refresments - no literature - outside portable loos 500 yards away. I realyvfelt a 2nd class citizen. Dont really advise a visit.
Written August 19, 2019
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takebreak
Chandler’s Ford, UK134 contributions
Never open
Jun 2019
This place would bring I. Visitors and be great for the town but either there is nothing to see but this place never opens . Don’t make the journey
Written August 11, 2019
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Julia W
Andover, UK21 contributions
Incorrect Opening Times on Tripadvisor
Apr 2019
Broadlands is a stunning house in beautiful grounds in Romsey.
Limited opening days and hours in 2019.
1pm-5pm Monday - Friday only and only between 12 August until 26 August 2019.
Written May 22, 2019
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SukiBelle8
Winchester, UK17 contributions
Broadlands country fair
May 2019 • Family
Upper class country fair for chavs! Fire show was terrible, not enough going on for £15 entry
All the bars and catering weren’t planet friendly, lots of plastic and no option to recycle and lots of meat! Not many vegan/vegetarian options
The folk stage had some nice music
Written May 7, 2019
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