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Review of Blickling Estate

Blickling Estate
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Blickling
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: You'll never forget your first sight of Blickling. Sitting in a magnificent garden and park is a breath-taking mansion, flanked by ancient yew hedges. Past owners have used the estate as a refuge while performing on the world's political stage. Philip Kerr, the last private owner, helped shaped the National Trust's history, using his influence to find a way of saving great country houses for future generations to enjoy. Until his death in 1940 he used the house for entertaining his prominent guests; and photographs, sounds and objects help to tell his story. Outside, the formal garden is the result of three centuries of inspired planting, and the gently undulating historic parkland is great for exploring.
Reviewed 1 May 2014

This was a great visit. The walk was beautiful with all the bluebells out, the Mausoleum was open so that was a bonus, the house is magnificent and the whole visit was enhanced by the playlet performed by some of the volunteers, it really brought the house to life. We had a great visit, the staff were all wonderful and we would love to return one day. Excellent - thank you.

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Blickling E, Public Relations Manager at Blickling Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2014

We’re very pleased that you had such a good time here. The bluebells have been spectacular this year. Now it’s azaleas, and soon it will be peonies, so do come and see us at different times of year.

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

With the National Trust, you know what you are going to get and this doesn't disappoint. The staff were knowledgeable. This is our 2nd visit to the place in 5 years, so it must be good. The gardens are great to walk around and the house was interesting with the Library being the most interesting.

Ask the staff any questions and they will be sure to come up with an interesting fact. They have just revamped the staff handbooks to provide them with more info.

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Blickling E, Public Relations Manager at Blickling Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2014

Many thanks for your positive feedback on your visit to us. Our staff will be pleased to know that you found them so responsive to your queries; they work very hard to have all the information at their fingertips!

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Really enjoyed the walk around the house. What a spectacular building and those lovely gardens. I did find it slightly confusing how some rooms were "staged" in one period then others in another period totally. We wandered round some of the gardens but really ran out of time, but the colours we did see were lovely. Just sorry we ran out of time.

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Blickling E, Public Relations Manager at Blickling Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2014

We’re glad that you enjoyed your day out and had time to see the house and the gardens. You’re right that there is so much to see that you need plenty of time – perhaps you’ll be able to do the rest next time! The gardens change with the seasons, of course, so they do repay a visit at different times of year. And the rooms we try to preserve more or less in the state they were handed over to us, which does mean some things date from different periods – sorry if you found it confusing!

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Arrived before the house opened so had a wander around the gardens, very impressed. We booked a tour for 11.30am which is before the house opens, well worth doing. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and this meant you then had the opportunity to go back over the house at your leisure reassessing everything. Loads to see. Loved the information on the Chinese wall paper and the bedspread and curtain conservation work.....amazing the time and patience this conservation work takes. Really enjoyed the tour

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Blickling E, Public Relations Manager at Blickling Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2014

Thank you for your comments. It is a good idea to book a house tour, as you say, since you get a lot more information that way. Conservation is continually ongoing, so there’s nearly always something to see. We hope to see you here again soon.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

What a wonderful Jacobean building. We were particularly interested in how the room that was being renovated was shown to us. Get there in the next 3 weeks, otherwise they will have completed the restoration.

Also can someone tell me how Anne Boleyn can haunt here and Hampton Court at the same time.

Seriously this is a wonderful building, with plenty of rooms to visit ranging from the kitchens, to the royal suite. Another masterpiece from the National Trust..

There is also a "Mucky Boots" cafe by the car park, as well as the usual gastronomical delight in the tearoom.

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Blickling E, Public Relations Manager at Blickling Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2014

It’s great to hear that you had a good day here. There’s nearly always something being renovated, so if you miss one room, you may find another! We call our café ‘Muddy Boots’, but we like your alternative – perhaps we should think of changing the name! And I’m sure that a resourceful lady like Anne Boleyn is perfectly capable of haunting several sites. Seriously, we agree that this place is wonderful, and we’re always discovering new things ourselves.

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