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“Extravagant 1920's house”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Salisbury House

Salisbury House
Ranked #14 of 63 things to do in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The King's House in Salisbury, England, was the inspiration for this Tudor mansion.
Chicago
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96 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Extravagant 1920's house”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

My wife dragged me through the home reading every detail of the past owners, their family life and the advantages of being wealthy in the 20's and 30's. That was ok, but the style and construction of the English knock off house was not typical of a USA house. Very nice grounds, massive stone home were all impressive.

Visited June 2014
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English first
Winter Haven, Florida
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215 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“A piece of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

The exterior, including the garden, is a place to view. When we visited last Sunday, May 25, the flowers weren't all in bloom, but with the big buds, I can imagine how pretty they all will be.
The interior is wonderful and well preserved. Pictures can be taken but without flash. You have an option to have self-tour or guided tour (which has specific time, see details in their website for updated info). The history of the family, their business, their boys are laid out well in various room; so if you missed the guided tour, you don't feel you missed a lot.

Visited May 2014
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Eaton, Colorado, United States
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31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very neat!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013 via mobile

The effort and money it took to create this place is awesome! Lots of very interesting history! It took us about 2 hours total, and cost about $8 per person (self guided tour). We would recommend it to anyone who enjoys history, architecture, and antiques.

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Killeen, Texas
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82 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Oh, My!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

I was totally blown away with this marvelous castle. I was fortunate to be able to take a tour and get some very good inside information about the castle and the family that built it.I attended a wedding and reception at Salisbury. What a magical place to have a wedding! Everything was just delightful. Don't miss!!!

Visited October 2013
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Des Moines
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43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very Eclectic mix of historical artifacts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

A great way to spend 1-2 hours in Des Moines. This attraction can appeal to people of all ages from children to the elderly. The house is ornate and gorgeous . . . and the outdoor space is beautiful as well. We did the self-guided tour, but if we go back, we'd pay the extra ($7 more I think) money for a guided tour, as you get to see more of the house that way.

Visited April 2013
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