Known from my childhood it is the first time I have returned in a couple of decades and was pleased to see the changes that have taken place.
There is a lovely little stately home, now restored to something like its original state and now with the stable block restored as a cafe with a nice enclosed courtyard.
There is a walled garden to the rear of the house and parklands to the front, where the ornamental lake (now undergoing restoration lies).
Across the estate road are wide meadows which lead down to the Turkey Brook and Maidens Bridge the locally reputed location of Sir Walter Raleigh laying down his cloak for Queen Elizabeth to walk over to keep her feet dry. Under the meadows lies the site of the Tudor Elsyng Palace. These are great areas for walking and letting kids run around free from traffic.
The real beauty of this place is that admission is totally free!
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