Samlesbury Old Hall is not well signposted, but is well worth visiting. QUite a sharp turn off the main road, so you will need care if driving. The attractions round the Hall (which is the centre of this complex) are odd - these include a series of animals on view, including rabbits and a pig. Driving out, by a different route from the entrance way, you turn into a roughly surfaced area, with a seemingly abandoned retail unit (??) in one corner. At first it looks as if you have landed in a lorry car park, but perseverance gets you out back to the main road!
As a visitor attraction, the Hall is good value - much cheaper than National Trust places, for instance. We found most of the signage reasonably self-explanatory, and the historic atmosphere is retained. It is certainly worth one visit, at least.
If the Hall does not appeal as a paid visitor attraction, it is possible to see the whole exterior simply by walking round. The lawns and garden areas are well-kept. to stop for coffee or meals, you have the odd arrangement that you have to go into the main Hall, and can walk through most of the ground floor rooms to the restaurant or the "coffee lounge". I have not used the restaurant, but have coffee and sandwiches in the "coffee lounge". This is a comfortable area with sofas, with a bar off. It feels like a piece of heritage itself - something from the 1960s, perhaps? - but is a pleasant environment where one could sit all day. Coffee and snacks were reasonable, and the staff attentive. There is an endearing air of slight improvisation about the place.
From the coffee lounge, you have to walk to the far end of the building, through part of the historic house. There are two ways out, or three if you choose to go all the way round to the front entrance. Oddly, there is a more direct exit to the lawned area, but you are not allowed to go in this way, and have to walk the long way round. Another alternative is to go upstairs, crossing the room/bridge, after looking at various pieces of art, antique furniture and paintings, and then descend into the antiques shop.
I suppose all of this could be annoying if you expect a carefully laid out area, like a fast food outlet, but I have visited on several occasions and always found it a good place to stop for coffee, and fun to visit.
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