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“Shelter from Rain”

Paycocke's House and Garden
Certificate of Excellence
Hampshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
96 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Shelter from Rain”
Reviewed 15 July 2014

I had seen the building before but never had the opportunity to go in.
It is one of the smaller National Trust properties but well documented and very interesting to visit. The wood panelling was spectacular and the various items on show were described well. There were some staircases and one is well marked as being steep with an alternative shown.
When we were ready to leave the rain poured down again and so we went to the coffee room and enjoyed a slice of cake and a drink.
The staff were all very friendly and helpful and in reception they had plenty of knowledge of the history of this house.

Visited July 2014
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English first
Isle of Thanet, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Gem of a property”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

This small National Trust property, tucked away in the delightful small town of Coggeshall, is worth a visit if you're in the area. The actual visit to the house takes very little time, but the gardens are delightful and we were able to linger over a very welcome cup of tea and admire the peace of the place from the small courtyard area. If you aren't a member of the National Trust, I'm not convinced that it's worth paying £5 for such a small property, unless you view the admission fee as a donation to a very worthwhile charity.

Visited June 2014
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Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom
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370 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“Small NT property”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

One of the National Trust`s small properties, nonetheless very interesting and well presented. On our visit there were no helpers on hand to ask, but there was plenty of information available in each of the rooms. There is small café in the courtyard for drinks and snacks. Parking is a little tricky if you unlucky and are unable to park in the street. There is a car park in the centre of Coggeshall, a short walk away. I felt the garden needed rather more TLC than it was getting. House not suitable for visitors with mobility problems.

Visited June 2014
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East Anglia
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“We love coming here”
Reviewed 12 June 2014

We love coming here if we have a free afternoon. The house is interesting. It's a little dark and spooky in places (particularly the old bedrooms) where you can imagine things going bump in the night! Not too large if you just have an hour or so free and are reasonably local. The garden is the part we love best - a lovely cottage garden with flowers and vegetables - the sort of garden you can just relax in, not formal, a bit messy - just what we like really. Plants are sold at very reasonable prices during the spring and summer. A lovely personable place, not stuffy or stilted like some National Trust places can be.

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Very Dirty and in need of an extensive deep clean”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

The house itself can be very interesting and came into National Trust ownership over ninety years ago when the local community and council wanted to demolish it during a slum clearance project. It is very dirty and needs a good clean. Take your own food if you want to picnic in the garden as tea or coffee is very expensive and there are no cold drinks available. There is no parking available and you will need to park at the Grange Barn about 3/4 mile away, Not suitable for disabled visitors and has no toilet facilities. Some volunteer staff can be helpful if on duty during your visit but availability is unpredictable. Has very little of interest to children and adults would need to very committed to Tudor and Stuart history to find this remote part of National Trust property of interest for more than ten minutes.

Visited April 2014
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