This is a beautiful house, enlarged over time but in good preservation. Many rooms open to view, some beautiful items of furniture, including a large circular desk, but the dining room is stunning and beautifully presented. The representations of sugar work that would have been real in the early 19th C make you wonder at the workmanship and put our current celebrity chefs back in their respective boxes! Allow 2 hours for the house. All the room guides were in period costume.
The works on the glass roof - simply amazing that an original, actually THE original, cast iron roof - are near completion and the small exhibition on that alone are worth time, especially when you realise that this roof predates the Great Exhibition by around 50 years and is still intact.
Extensive 2nd hand book shop - beware.....
Grounds are mainly parkland and we ran out of time to explore them. Food range is not extensive.
There are often comments about how expensive it is for non NT members to visit these houses: they have to be maintained is the answer and that costs money. Membership of the NT is not as expensive as you think and after that, visit as many houses as you like for nothing. I think that 2 pints of beer in a pub is expensive - about the same as entry to most NT houses in fact.
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