Broadlands has been a part of English history for centuries. Home to statesmen and men of action. Host to royalty and the brilliant, powerful and celebrated of their time. Today Broadlands remains one of England's most delightful country homes, a gem of mid-Georgian beauty. The elegant Palladian house and its lovely landscaped setting beside the River Test are a tribute to the genius of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown.
To visit is to recapture the peace and charm that led Lord Palmerston to write in 1736, "This place all together pleases me above any place I know". The 18th century grace of Broadlands' exterior is complemented by its elegant interior. Visitors to the house can see many of the original paintings, furniture, porcelain and magnificent sculpture collected by the second Viscount Palmerston. "Nothing can be more comfortable than this House. It is magnificent when we have company, and when alone it seems to be only a cottage in a beautiful garden". Lady Palmerston.
The Mountbatten Exhibition
An impressive sixty years studded with brilliant achievements. His naval inventions and his daring exploits on the Kelly have become part of the Mountbatten legacy. As last Viceroy of India and first Governor General he displayed his ability to achieve what others thought to be impossible in diplomacy. Winning the war in south-east Asia. Planning the D-Day invasions and his appointment as First Sea Lord highlights a lifetime's service.
To capture a life as full of achievement and adventure as Lord Mountbatten's is no easy task; but step into the colourful and varied exhibition in the William and Mary stable building and you will immediately begin to share his life and times. You will gain an overall picture of a man who was a sailor, military commander, statesman and diplomat; also a sportsman and inventor. Follow the career and interests of his dashing and brilliant wife Edwina who was at his side throughout so many of his triumphs and ordeals. See the dazzling uniforms and decorations he was awarded and the amazing collection of trophies, mementoes and gifts he received in his many roles.
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