Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The recent news stories on the continued drug use by the Hon. Nicholas Knatchbull have mentioned the family home, Broadlands, in Hampshire. The Queen and Prince Philip spent their honeymoon at Broadlands, as did the Prince and the late Princess of Wales.
I have visited Broadlands several times. A lovely Palladian home. The house also featured the Mountbatten exhibit, which is fascinating. Most people do not realize that Broadlands is not currently open to the public. It will be closed this year and throughout 2010. The entire house is undergoing rewiring and major remedial work. The contents of the house were removed earlier this year.
According to Broadland's website, the 2011 visitor season may also be affected. In October 2008, it was reported that much of the house's piping was "lagged with asbestos." It will take more than two years to refit and rewire the entire house, as well as remove the asbestos. Lord and Lady Brabourne have had to move out of the main house, and will not be able to move back in until the work is completed.