The English Heritage book says that this medieval fortified manor house is nestled in woodland. Rather more to the point, when we tried to find it, the direction sign was hidden by branches and, after a minor divorce, we found it from the other direction. A volunteer must have cut away the offending growth minutes after we passed as he arrived back as we chatted at the desk.
We've decided that for English Heritage, you need a guide book and this was very useful to lead us around the buildings and explain their purpose and place in the development. Starting as a manor house, wars arising with the Scots rapidly made defence necessary although it was never going to stop a determined assault and changed hands from time to time. Rather more roofs than normal and distant views. Despite no tea room, the small shop has tea, coffee and ice cream.
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