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Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust
Ranked #1 of 41 things to do in Rotherham
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 11 March 2014

Went on a tour of the house, something I'd wanted to do for a long time ... Really enjoyed looking round and hearing the history. Good value but I would liked to have seen more, however, I think more recent tours do now include more.

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Reviewed 3 March 2014

This is not your usual National Trust country house tour, it is a step into the awakening of a beautiful old house and a very small contribution to that awakening. The first clue that this isn't a NT house is the fact there is no car park, you park like a guest would, on the drive in front of the house (the entrance is a big loop across the front of the house). As a private house it has been closed to the public and as such you don't see all of the house which is just as well because it has so many rooms even the owners don't know how many there are (what is a grand corridor, what is a room?). We were lucky enough to have Bob do our tour, who had worked at the house for 35 years and gave us a fascinating and often amusing tour. Parts of the house are just mind bogglingly beautiful and it takes very little imagination to see what it must have been like in its day. I fear the people who were less happy with their tour may have missed the point, This is not another piece of sterile Disney like entertainment, it is a real piece of our heritage and we were more than happy to pay our ticket price to think it would be helping in some small way to the restoration. The grand salon would be amazing construction in the 21st century, let alone in the 18th with no mechanical assistance. Bob was magnificent and I think his real charm is the fact he is a true Yorkshireman who clearly loves this house, and his humour and style made the tour for us ( I loved his suit!). It would be a great pity if Bob became overly conscious of his style because an odd person thinks he is politically incorrect. We loved him! If you want to feel privileged to spent 75 minutes immersed in our history with people who really love this grand house, then this is the tour for you. The owner Mr Newbold deserves a knighthood for his dedication to preserving this beautiful house for the future.

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Reviewed 24 February 2014

It proved to be a fascinating insight into a stately home I had lived close to years ago and never even knew of its existence. The rooms, not necessarily all visited as it was tricky to differentiate a room from a spacious corridor. The huge marble statue of Ceres, from Rome was a wonder to behold. It made one wonder how such an object had been negotiated to end up in a rural South Yorkshire house. The rooms were in a state of disrepair, only years of skilled workmen and a huge injection of cash will make a difference. Nevertheless, it gave one an insight into the lives of the Fitzwilliam family. It seems a shame to keep the restoration / improvements under wraps. More fundraising activities and sharing with the public, rather than hoping to gain cash from the government under the guise of the then NCB seems unpredictable and risky.
We drove by the entrance to the drive leading to the house several times before finding it. Even parking seemed a bit sketchy. It would have been good to have seen the Chinese room too, as it sounded exotic for a typically British stately home.
To summarise, good value for money, shame no photography was allowed inside the house. The helpers were good, but perhaps could have mugged up a bit more on the history of the family. Given the opportunity, I would certainly visit Wentworth again to see how far the renovations had progressed and to see a glimpse of the garden. February visits don't include garden tours as the garden delights are sparse at this type of year.

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Reviewed 17 February 2014

We attended the Valentines evening, not really knowing what to expect, but the unknown made it all the more enjoyable!
We were met by the events lady and her assistants who made us feel very welcome and were very excited themselves as it was their first Valentines meal at the house. We thought the evening was going to be catered for by the 'Dine' company, but it was done by the Wentworth catering staff and was one the best meals we have eaten for a special occasion. We were not rushed, the table was ours all night. The cost was the same as we would have paid at another local restaurant, but without the 'oh god not more customers attitude'. We would definitely book for any other meal which may be held there. Just a couple of suggestions (not criticisms) it would have been nice, if it was possible, as I know there is sure to be a reason, to have had the fires lit, to soften the room? and maybe some markers to tell the poor taxi drivers how to get to the front of the house. Really looking forward to the next meal there!

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david a, Front Office Manager at Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2014

Just to say "Thank You" for your positive comments regarding our first Valentine Day Meal at Wentworth Woodhouse, I will pass on your positive comments to our events team. Regarding your suggestions about fires, yes we would certainly like to have open fires in the Pillard Hall, and this will happen as soon as we are able to get the chimneys lined. Signage is a problem but currently we do not have enough visitors to apply for Brown Signs to the property.
Regards
David

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Reviewed 15 February 2014

We went on the Fitzwilliam tour on Saturday 24th January, and were drawn to the house after reading the book ‘Black Diamonds’. This describes the history of the house and Fitzwilliam family, and mainly covers the period 1902 to 1948.

We were surprised to be able to park our car right outside the front door on the east front. On entering the hall the large group of around 70-80 was divided up into 3 tours.

Our tour guide Bob (who apparently lives in the adjacent stable block) was an enthusiastic and lively presenter, and his local knowledge and anecdotes made the tour very interesting. He was not always politically correct, but we always like a bit of ‘old school’ character. Be careful when asking him about the Black Diamonds book though, he describes it as “rubbish and more like a novel”. The book is actually very factual and a worthy read before visiting.

As the tour was entitled ‘the Fitzwilliam Tour’ we had expected the guide to describe a little more of the fascinating social, industrial and political history that engulfs the house and the family. It is amazing to think that the 6th Earl Fitzwilliam, who died in 1902 – and was one of the richest ever Englishmen thanks to his coal – produced 8 sons; but when the 10th Earl died in 1979 there was no heir left, and so the Fitzwilliam dynasty ended.

The rooms are only partially furnished but include a chapel, some interesting paintings, a large model of the house, and several interesting architectural features. It does not include the older Baroque section towards the west as it is the private apartments of the current owner. The tours in winter are internal only, but afterwards we viewed the full east facade of the house before driving away.

At £20 the tour was not good value for money for the 1 hour 25 minutes duration (2 hours was advertised). This is comparing it to other stately homes around the UK that would warrant the same amount of time indoors, but at a lower cost and with much greater collection. But Wentworth is a unique place, presently amid a transitional phase in its history, between almost neglected dereliction, and aspirations for a future hotel and spa complex. So we might be back.

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