We turned up without a booking not knowing which tour to take so we took probably the least popular, Cottages and Kitchen, as there was no wait. This was a great tour which started in the wine cellars, wound around the interiors of a couple of the vast and luxurious guest houses and finished in the period kitchen. Our guide was very knowledgeable with historical facts about the house and artefacts as well as providing numerous gossipy stories about the family and guests from the place in its heyday.
The place is a marvellous blend of beautiful design with huge attention given to the views both inward and outward, priceless antiques are placed next to department store buys but in the most tasteful way. The buildings are set amongst fabulous gardens that are maintained to a picture perfect standard. Period clothes are laid out on some of the beds so you can imagine being a guest, dressing for dinner and going up to the main house.
All the tickets allow free access to see the gardens and both ornate swimming pools. Our guide said that she was one of more than seventy guides each with their own interests and stories so that no tours are likely to be the same. So it would definitely be worth making a second visit in years to come
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