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“Lovely summer day with my family”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Wimpole Estate

Wimpole Estate
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Arrington
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Owner description: The original house on this 3,000-acre estate was built for Sir Thomas Chicheley in the 1640s, rebuilt and added to over the years, and finally restored to its proper splendor today.
Walsall, United Kingdom
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“Lovely summer day with my family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014 via mobile

We visited with our young sons on a lovely summer morning.
The car park is £2 for non members so remember your change. For national trust members you pay an additional charge to enter the farm, we paid £9 for 2 adults & 2 children.

The farm is not huge but it was such a experience to see newborn piglets, look inside a lives bees nest and for our boys to run along the woodland. The walled garden is full of fruit and vegetables waiting to be picked. It's a really relaxing stroll and you can get an ice cream from the hut outside to take along.

The gentleman driving the tractor was a real delight, so friendly our boys loved seeing the tractor up close and thoroughly enjoyed the ride back from the farm.

Really nice place with a great atmosphere!

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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“Wow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

Our first visit to this property and estate, and were most impressed by the amazing day we spent here.

Visited the restaurant for lunch which was very good, and then visited the Hall where the NT volunteers were so helpful and forthcoming without being asked. Loved the Library and the Yellow Drawing Room especially, and it was so thoughtful to provide cushions on the floor so that children and anyone who wished could gaze up at the gas lighting and see the sky. . The formal gardens were lovely too as was the Park and everywhere was well sign-posted and it is a great place for children - young and old!. Such a pity that the kitchen wing had been demolished by the last owner and there was no alternative kitchen to visit but the other service areas were interesting, but this would have been the "icing on the cake" so to speak!.

The restaurant was so good that we had to visited it again for tea and scones before visiting the bookshop and then reluctantly returning to our hotel.

Certainly a NT property to return to next time we are in this area. Thank you so much to everyone who made this such a wonderful visit..

Visited August 2014
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“Lovely day but what a rude woman!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

Wimpole Hall is wonderful and well worth a visit.

The house is beautiful and a fascinating insight to a different world. If you like Downton Abbey, you'll love it here!

The grounds are picturesque and a wonderful venue for a picnic, hide and seek with the children, or simply a walk in glorious countryside.

The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable. With one exception, that is.

We decided to take our children to the Farm area, accessed by a pretty path through woods and ferns. We arrived at 4.25 p.m., in plenty of time to look around before the farm closed at 5.00 p.m as advertised.

As we went through the farm door, however, a woman appeared to tell us, in an extremely rude and brusque manner, that the farm had a final entry rule at 4.30 p.m and we couldn't come in.

Her attitude was such a shock and so unnecessary. It was also wrong. Firstly, there was absolutely no indication that final entry was 4.30 p.m. Everything said 5.00 p.m including brochures, signs and the website. To me, that means we needed to be out by 5.00 p.m (which was fine), not that we couldn't come in.

Secondly, it wasn't even 4.30 p.m.

It was crystal clear that this woman wanted to go home and she wasn't going to allow customers who pay her salary to inconvenience her.

National Trust - she's letting you down and letting her wonderful colleagues down. What a shame.

Visited August 2014
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Torino
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“nice day-out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

It's a wonderful estate, with an impressive historic house, lovely gardens, an interesting farm with animals. Avoid weekends, because there are already too visitors in normal working days. The restaurant is not particularly memorable. Thumbs up for the kids trail inside the House.

Visited August 2014
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Cardiff
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“Great with one bad experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2014 via mobile

My family and I were visiting from Wales and had a great time at Wimpole Estate yesterday. We found the Hall fascinating and were greeted by very friendly staff in all the rooms. At the end of our trip we walked to the home farm and arrived there at 4.30pm. It was a difficult walk for me as I had twisted my knee earlier while walking about the fields. On arrival we were "greeted" by a very rude woman who told us that last entry was 4.30pm and we were too late. Despite the fact that every sign says the farm closes at 5pm not one sign was visible which said that last entry was 4.30pm. She quite obviously wanted to go home early and when we argued with her she said that we would need to pay anyway to get in. Quite frankly she had spoiled our expectations of walking round the farm and we left. It was such a shame that a wonderful day at Wimpole was spoiled by her rudeness. Even if last entry was 4.30pm there are better ways of telling people that than storming out of an office to tell us in such a rude manner. What a pity that one person can ruin a lovely day out. Perhaps she is in the wrong job.

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