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“Delightful party house”
Review of Clandon Park

Clandon Park
Ranked #11 of 72 things to do in Guildford
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Clandon Park was built by a Venetian architect in the 1720s. One of the country’s most complete examples of a Palladian mansion, it featured original stucco ceilings and marble fireplaces. The house was refurbished during the 1960s to house a collection of 18th-century furniture and porcelain acquired by collector Hannah Gubbay. Sadly, in April 2015, a fire broke out, causing significant damage and effectively leaving the house a shell. In response the National Trust has launched its largest project in a generation. After 14 months of work the large-scale salvage phase was completed. We’ve since announced ambitious plans to rebuild Clandon Park which will honour its rich history, but also create vibrant, modern spaces to breathe new life into the house. You can visit the house between April and October to see inside the Saloon, State Bedroom and Marble Hall. Timed tickets are available on arrival at Visitor Reception, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
Reviewed 4 May 2014

As soon as we arrived I said to my fried, I'd love to come to a party here.............. And then I was surprised to discover that it was built to entertain!!! The entrance hall is wondrous - with so many things to look at within the carvings, and scultures. The two paintings seem incongruous though. The history of the house is fascinating, and certainly historic, with the longest serving speaker one of the residents (who wrote the rules for the speakers to ensure appropriate conduct in the House of Commons). Mrs Gubbays collection, although not exactly suited to the house, is wide ranging (and of course her back story is interesting too). Well worth a visit.............. and the room guides were extrenely helpful and very friendly.

1  Thank Linda H
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Easy to find just off the A3. Parking free and very close to the House. A pleasant cafe on ground floor level. Several rooms set aside for an interesting museum on the history of various regiments that were the forebears of the Royal Surreys - well worth a visit. Also for this year in the main House there is a small but fascinating WWI exhibit describing the role of the House as a place of recuperation. Some amazing photographs of the those who were nursed there and their carers.

To enhance your visit read up on history of the Clandon site, its land owning families, architect and the major donor Mrs Gubbay whose collection now furnishes the rooms you visit - as the NT seem intent on giving only scant information on all of this. Come on NT the Marble Hall entrance is a wonderful space and could easily accommodation the background to all these topics and would place any visit in context and make time there all the more enjoyable, especially as several of the volunteer guides were struggling with the background information.

You can have a very enjoyable few hours looking at the various china and furniture collections (not collected by the families who owned the House but another separate bequest to the NT). The grounds at 7 acres are well kept and pleasant for some time outside though they do little more than surround the House - by just a few yards in the front so there are no stately home vistas to be seen.

But the fact a Tudor house had stood on the site is barely commented on as it should be as it was owned by the father of one of Anne Boleyn's ill fated admirers who was executed on trumped up charges of adultery with her!

1  Thank Christine B
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

well maintained gardens and house. National trust are really doing their best to attract families and this place really did have plenty to amuse the kids. not much in the way of formal gardens but tied in with a visit to Hatchlands a lovely day out.

Thank BargeeGirl
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

NATIONAL TRUST STAFF PLEASE, PLEASE can you organise your parking on a busy day in a more professional manner.
We, along with many other vehicles, had to endure a prolonged period of time
sitting in traffic waiting to gain entry to the property, and at one point traffic was backed up onto the main road and beyond the traffic lights. Never mind the wait the visitors had to endure, it also caused mayhem for people wanting to use the road other than visit the National Trust property, and lots of cars pulled out from the queue to go elsewhere or find another route.
At one point there was a lady stopping cars 3 to 4 metres just inside the entrance drive and talking to the occupants answering questions or giving directions. This was just stupid and created more chaos.
Your volunteers could not even park their cars inside the grounds and that’s very poor organisation. Some were asked to park a very long way from the property, and that is mean when you consider their age and that without them you would not be able to open.
A very poor show.
On the plus side the volunteers inside the property did a great job ensuring everyone had a visit to remember, they were very knowledgeable and helpful.
Thank you Volunteers for a lovely enjoyable visit.
It’s a lovely property to visit,

Thank JPP2304
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

This property is a complete contrast to the NT property at Polseden Lacey that we visited the day before.
This imposing property was built as a statement of wealth and it certainly did it's job well. The layout is a room to room style with no corridors that was popular of the time. Each room immaculately and elegantly designed with detailed ceilings, handmade wallpaper. Each room a feast for the eyes.
The staff friendly, helpful and informative, the grounds roll on and on, ideal for the kids to burn off some energy.

Thank no1missmarple
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