The National Trust seem to be missing the point of visiting Historic Houses. The last thing you want to see on entering a property is signs of decay but that is exactly what greets you at Petworth-chipped radiators and doors, not to mention very chipped porcelain on display. I am sure the paintings and sculptures are all very well but when you have seen one Turner you have seem them all. And I thought Fuseli was a type of pasta not a famous artist! One cannot imagine anyone actually living in the House. Especially as the kitchens are in a completely different building across the way. The food must have been stone cold before it was served.
However, the grounds were spectacular and we thoroughly enjoyed the walk to the House from the car park. Might have been a different proposition if it was raining and the wind blowing. We also enjoyed sitting outside having a drink but the coffee was very thin and never tastes good out of a paper cup.
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