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“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Coughton Court

Coughton Court
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Alcester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Coughton Court has been home to the Throckmorton family for 600 years, this finest of Tudor houses stands testament to a family's courage in maintaining their beliefs. From a position of high favour to one of fear and oppression post-Reformation, the Throckmortons were leaders in a dangerous age, helping to bring about Catholic emancipation in the 19th century. Explore this story of fascinating personalities through the 'family album' of portraits and Catholic treasures around the house. Coughton is still very much a family home with an intimate feel: the Throckmorton family live here, managing the stunning gardens which they have created.
Letchworth, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

We were fortunate that the weather was good so we were able to enjoy the House and the gardens. The House is very interesting given its history and as with most National Trust properties the tour and the information was well presented. We also enjoyed the tea shop.

Visited June 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous Gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

The best NT garden in England. Despite very heavy rain, we spent a happy hour here. The rose garden is perhaps the highlight, but I also loved the bog garden. We decided to leave the house for another visit, but I'd recommend the tea shop (better than NT average) and the second hand books.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Jon S
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Sutton Coldfield
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“Worth a visit to Coughton Court”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

A trip to Coughton Court, a Tudor Manor House, a National Trust Property, was a wonderful experience and holds something for everyone.
If you like history listen to the Volunteers 20 minutes talk on the history of Throckmorton family including details of the connection to the Gunpowder Plot in 1605.
The house itself dating from the 14th Century is full of fascination artefacts and stories. Not all the rooms are available to view as the Throckmorton family are still in residence at the property.
The grounds are lovely from the riverside walk to the beautiful walled garden with its herbaceous plants and roses, the vegetable plot, bog garden all laid out to perfection.
There are two churches to view and relax after your walk in the conservatory with coffee and homemade cake.
Entry to the House and garden is £10.00 , free to National Trust Members and we spent 4 hours in the house and gardens.
It is situated 2 miles from Studley and 2 miles from Alcester off M42 junction 3.
It is not open on Mondays or Tuesdays.
Don't forget to allow time for a visit to the nearby historic market town of Alcester, which is lovely and we spent two hours walking around.
Best regards.Gary Saunders

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Gary S
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“lovely walled gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

We arrived here just too late to get into the house (last admission 4.30) so I can't vouch for its contents, but it was such a lovely place that I'd like to put in a good word for it anyway. Late in the afternoon, so pretty quiet, the grounds were exceptionally pleasant on a fine spring day; National Trust at its best. The secondhand book shop was also well above average for the Trust.

Visited May 2014
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York, United Kingdom
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“Just OK”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

Went to visit on the way home after visiting Stratford on Avon.

Got the usual hard sell about becoming a member but do not go to enough NT places to justify paying for an annual Family member card.

Was a wet day and went into the house first of all. Looks very impressive from the outside but once in I thought not many rooms were open and it was a mish mash of modern and old (French mostly) treasures. Bit disappointing really.

Gardens were very nice and the river views were lovely. We sat on a bench by the lake and ate our lunch and were joined by many ducks and geese who happily shared our sandwiches. However I suppose from reading the earlier comments we were lucky we weren't told off for eating in the grounds !

We did not see any signs about not eating in the grounds and were not told about it when paying to go in.

Lastly we decided to do the woodland walk and followed the map to the over bridge across the river, then no other signposts. Were you supposed to go left, right or uphill across the field to the wood. It was not clear at all and a further signpost should be displayed as to which direction to go. In the end as the field was wet and it was not clear which way to go we gave up and set off for home.

Overall can only give it an average.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Paul R
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