Excellent layout and well maintained. Interesting topiary and a great Croquet Lawn. There are a few steps and slopes, but all are manageable unless a person has a mobility disability, but it's not very big. Unfortunately the play area was off limits as that would have been a distraction for my grandson.
Some houses, Like Colton Fishacre and Anglesey Abbey are ones you feel you could easily live in, but not this one as far as I'm concerned. It is a mishmash of styles as one would expect over the period of ownership by one family, but all done in the "haphazard" style of architecture.
Unlike many NT places, you can actually turn pages on a few books and see recipes used in the past, and it's also possible to try the speaking tube between the dining room and the kitchen.
Maintenance is being undertaken but it is still open to view. However, it is less than inspiring. The inside bare and uninteresting, but it has a bell tower with a display of the original Priory. Pity that this is in almost total darkness and therefore hard to determine the layout. I do wish displays would cater for people with less than 20:20 night vision, and that goes for most NT houses as well.
Why are people employed when they are really not interested in doing the job they are paid for, I will never understand. The staff were so busy talking that it was necessary to interrupt their conversation to order tea. The interruption was unwelcome from the stony stares. With over an hour before closing, there were no sandwiches and hardly any cakes left.
This is National Trust. I really don't know why, but there is a vast difference in the quality of service a visitor receives from the staff and volunteers. Some NT places have really, really helpful and interesting staff. I'm afraid this one didn't, and what I particularly object to is being patronised by someone who thinks they are doing me a favour. Having been a member of the NT for 35 years and paid my dues, I appreciate good manners and being treated like an adult, which I am in most NT houses and attractions. OK I have a few grey hairs, but I'm not losing my wits just yet.
This probably reads like a disaster, but the garden is worth a visit on a nice day however it is not somewhere I would go back to as it can all be done in a couple of hours.
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