We went in January 2012, out-of-season and when the House had just been shut up for renovation of the house and museum (which, having read some other reviews of these areas, might be a good thing!) Being able to walk through the site just to get to the sea was a lovely alternative to walking along the main road, and the outside of the building is very attractive so worth a look if you're just having a walk.
We stumbled upon the gardens - free and, as it was January, completely empty - quite by accident. Our attention was mainly taken by the greenhouse, which houses some beautiful specimens of towering plants and bright flowers, and encourages visitor participation with little signs everywhere giving explanations or inviting you to touch and see what happens. Next we found the old Abbey ruins, which are rather dramatic. As it was a very windy day, we didn't stick around to see the artwork, but we did notice some bright-looking cows. There were gardeners hard at work in the ornamental garden, so i expect this will look wonderful in Summer.
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