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“Classic country home with Maori delights”
Review of Clandon Park

Clandon Park
Ranked #13 of 69 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 19 May 2014

We enjoyed a visit here recently - the house is well maintained with some interesting pieces, plus beautiful gardens and the NT staff were very knowledgeable.

Out of pure luck we happened to choose the day that Maori dancers were performing outside the Maori meeting house, absolutely fantastic!

Thank hezel13
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

A house with the real WoW factor in the entrance hall, but quite cosy in the other rooms. We especially liked the military museum- a special interest, but there is plenty to see if you are interested in china, fabrics or the gardens. The gardens contain the only Maori Meeting House in Britain and there are plenty of hidden corners in the grounds to explore.
Didn't try the cafe but it looked busy and well patronised. For the garden enthusiasts there is a garden centre just along the drive.

Thank jane j
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

Visiting a national trust location can be hit and miss with a child, though my 10 year old was keen to visit due to the war connection. The infantry museum on the ground floor was small but fascinating with costumes and regalia over the years. collections of medals and instruments could help to bring history alive than just watching documentaries on the television.

The house itself had around 14 rooms to wander through, and nice quiz for the children to spot details in each room, and ask questions of the volunteers. each room was different and the house was not too large to completely overface a child... indeed he quite liked it! café and shop were fine.

The gardens were nice... there was a very limited play area... which kept my son busy for 5mins.

parking and location easy to get to.

glad we visited.

Thank NikJ
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

I have visited this house many times and always find it interesting. I visited with a friend at Christmas for a bite to eat, but ended up ordering a full roast turkey meal. It was excellently cooked and very tasty. Huge selection of puddings, which were also delicious. I would always recommend eating there.

Thank CherylH277
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

Beautiful place to visit. The house is not usually open on a Monday but due to the bank holiday this was a real treat. It was exceptionally busy and there was loads to see and do. You can see why it is a house built for entertainment. There was no photography inside the main areas of the house except the marble hall. It was a very grand entrance and it was free flow through the house. Amazing to see and lots of different objects on show. One of my favourite aspects was the ceramics and the collections of porcelain. This doesn't disappoint. Good selection in the café and plenty of food on offer. The shop was nice and good value with the usual selection of gifts and books. Great opportunities for photography outside. Excellent place to visit.

Thank Ballymena1973
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