We visited this property as a result of finding a leaflet about it. We were a bit apprehensive about going on a bank holiday but it is not open at any other times. However, it was not too crowded. We arrived before the gates opened at 1pm and waited in the car until we could drive in. We wanted to have refreshments before making the tour of the hall and, while buying our tickets, asked if we might arrange a tour time. But we were told that when twenty people were waiting, we would be admitted and that there were five guides that day. We had excellent cakes and sandwiches then joined quite a long queue. We had to stand and wait for about thirty minutes, time we would have preferred to use looking around the attractive grounds. It would seem a better system if visitors could choose a timed tour on arrival, something we have found in other places. This wait was particularly difficult for those with children and for older people.
We did very much enjoy the tour of the house once inside. The guide was helpful and informative, clearly explaining the rather complicated history and family background of the hall. Unfortunately, we were unable to linger and look at paintings etc. as long as we wished. We thought the gothic architecture was unusual and intriguing and also found the former stables, now tearooms, attractive. The steps up this building and the stairs to the tearoom could be very difficult for those with mobility problems. But I think trays could be brought down.
We then walked around the very pleasant grounds. The planting was varied and interesting with identification on roses, clematis and trees. The lake was expansive, there were wildfowl, also many birds around. A real haven for wildlife. We definitely recommend this place. The leaflet's map made it easy to find and there are helpful brown signs on the approach road.
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