History

Wallis and Edward

Hon Averill Furness riding a zebra in the paddock at Burrough Court

The Bower House

As featured on ITV's Daybreak,
April 2011.

Historic charm found at Burrough Court

Nestling amongst a host of mature trees, our magnificent Burrough Court with its unique charm and wealth of history
gives every visitor today a chance to enjoy its remarkable setting and beautiful surroundings.

Built in 1906, it was originally the site of a grand country house, used as a popular hunting lodge for the gentry and royal
family. In fact, during the 1930’s the Prince of Wales would regularly visit his good friends, Lord and Lady Furness who then
lived at Burrough Court, to participate in his love of fox hunting and was often sighted in the area by the locals.

Indeed, it was whilst enjoying an evening reception at Burrough Court that he first met his future wife, Wallis Simpson. At
the time, Wallis and Lady Furness had a close relationship, both being of American origin, and she had been invited to stay
at the house that weekend along with other guests, including the Prince. During their courting period, employees of the
house would see the couple many times walking arm in arm together around the grounds, enjoying the landscaped gardens
and outstanding beauty of the land.

Today, if you take a slight detour from the main courtyard and stroll along our garden paths, you will find the `Giraffe House’.
This building is now a stylish contemporary office but is aptly named, since in the 1920’s, Lord Furness having developed a
deep love for Africa, would visit the country regularly and return home with various animals which included at one time a
zebra and giraffe. Even more extraordinary is the fact that the zebra was also regularly ridden in the paddock by Lady Furness.

Venturing a little further from this building you will be able to see the remains of the aircraft hangar where Lord Furness used to house his private aeroplane. This aeroplane was regularly used to fly the family abroad and was in fact commissioned by Prime Minister Chamberlain, who was a familiar visitor to the house, to transport him on his historic trip to meet with Adolf Hitler.

Sadly, the main historic house was destroyed in a fire in the 1940’s and only the courtyard and grooms quarters survived. These buildings were lovingly restored in 2001 into offices and meeting rooms.

Visiting delegates are not only given the opportunity to hold their meetings in a prestigious venue but can also enjoy surroundings fit for a king!

A fascinating documentary film has been produced and this DVD can be purchased at a discounted price of £10 + post and packaging.

A love nest fit for a prince (and Wallis Simpson's predecessor)

The Telegraph, May 2014.

Behind its formal exterior, this family house holds a royal secret that will still raise a few eyebrows... read more