Boreham House has a rich history, it is a truly amazing Grade I listed mansion with a stately avenue of trees, between which there is a breath taking formal lake. Once inside the house you are surrounded by history. A great deal of the original features have been retained including the stunning high ceilings with decorative handcrafted plasterwork, original fireplaces and solid oak panelling.
Boreham House was originally built around 1730 for Benjamin Hoare Esq, son of Richard Hoare, the wealthy fleet street banker.
He commissioned prominent architects Henry Flitcroft and Sir James Gibb, who had built memorable buildings like the London church St Mary-Le-Stand and St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, to design the house. It was embellished with fine marbles and other materials including the staircase bought from New Hall, owned by Henry VIII from 1517 to 1547. In 1812, Thomas Hooper, another well-known architect in his time, added the grand carriage entrances to the left and right of the building.
Henry Ford saw Boreham House for the first time when he went to visit Oberammergau in 1930. After spending time in the English countryside he noticed the very bad condition of farms and farm buildings. He bought Boreham House in May 1931 to show that British agriculture could prosper and make people’s lives easier. Henry Ford developed this new venture under a new company called Fords on Estate Limited.
In 1937, the house, with a parcel of land, was donated to Trustees of the Henry Ford Institute of Agricultural Engineering. Boreham House transitioned to a college in 1952, becoming the main training centre for the Ford Tractor Operation in Europe. The House also served as the temporary home for the National College of Agricultural Engineering in 1962. In 1994, after forty years of training, Boreham was closed and sold back into private ownership once again where millions were spent on restoring it to its former glory.
Boreham House was purchased in 2008 by entrepreneur and business women Teresa Ward. Boreham House was established quickly as one of the most influential wedding, corporate and events venues in the country. With a passion for delivering the very best, Boreham House has achieved many accreditations in the industry and is recognised as an exclusive location. With the passion for development and finding new and exciting avenues for improvement, Boreham House has invested to increase capacity, improve facilities and offer the very best to its guests. This is an ongoing promise.
We invite you to experience the history of Boreham House.
Let us make history together.