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Burwarton Hall (Burwarton House)

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house.

    House & Family History: One of the highest country houses in Britain, Burwarton sits at an extraordinary 780 feet above sea level on the slopes of the Brown Clee Hill, enjoying splendid views from within its well-timbered park. The house was a seat of the Holland family, whose heiress in the middle of the 18th century married into the Baugh family. In turn, Harriet, daughter of Benjamin Baugh, married the 6th Viscount Boyne of Stackallen, taking the Burwarton Estate to that family in 1807. Two generations of the Boynes rebuilt the house between 1835 and 1839, and then again in 1876-77, on each occasion using the architect Anthony Salvin, with the result that the house today is a colossus—a stuccoed Italianate mansion sprawling around a central tower. The Boyne family also inherited Brancepeth Castle in County Durham, but, by the middle years of the 20th century they consolidated their holdings of land to be seated solely at Burwarton. As a result, the house at Burwarton was also brought to heel, with a radical reduction undertaken in 1956 by the 10th Viscount, using the architects Philip Skelcher and Partners. Although much smaller, Burwarton today still includes the great library, with its handsome chimneypiece from Brancepeth (see "Images" section), the paneled drawing room, and the dining room, the latter of which is half its former size. The house still forms the nucleus of a forward-thinking estate and is today the home of the 11th Viscount and Viscountess Boyne and their family. (We are most grateful to Gareth Williams for this history of Burwarton).

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Burwarton Hall today is the nucleus of an 11,500-acre estate.

  • Architect: Anthony Salvin

    Date: 1835-39 and 1876-77
    Designed: Rebuilt House in Italianate style for Boyne family

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  • Country Life: CXXVII, 582 plan, 1960.

  • House Listed: Not Listed

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Current Seat / Home of: Gustavus Michael Stucley Hamilton-Russell, 11th Viscount Boyne; family here since 1807.

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Holland family, 15th-17th centuries. Baugh family, 17th-18th centuries. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Gustavus Hamilton, 6th Viscount Boyne, until 1855; Gustavus Frederick Hamilton-Russell, 7th Viscount Boyne, 1855-72; Gustavus Russell Hamilton-Russell, 8th Viscount Boyne, 1872-1907; Gustavus William Hamilton-Russell, 9th Viscount Boyne, 1907-42; Gustavus Michael George Hamilton-Russell, 10th Viscount Boyne, 1942-95.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No