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Hello, I was at school at Wotton in the fifties, under Mr. Lester as Headmaster. It would be very interesting to get in touch with anybody who was at school during those years. I have visited Wotton several times over the years, hated school but loved the house and grounds, especially the fun we had on the lakes. So perhaps you might like to get in touch, email@example.com, I hope so.
The admission price was £5 not £4 when we went! However, well worth the visit. Sir Mervyn is a great guide, genial and relaxed, and the house is full of interest and surprises.
Just returned home after visiting the beautiful Hoghton Tower and Gardens. The guided tour was really informative and the hour and a half went so quickly. I will definitely be returning as there is still so much to see and enjoy. Well worth a visit.
We were warmly greeted by the lady at the entrance. We were pleasantly intrigued by Kentwell as it is very much a lived in home and not an art gallery or museum where everything is meticulously placed! It was nice to be able to take photographs inside the building too, a rare luxury these days at most stately homes. We visited Houghton Hall in Norfolk the previous day and must say we enjoyed Kentwell far more. The restoration being undertaken by the Phillips family is good to see and great credit is due to them for their tireless work in saving this magnificent building for future generations.
Today we attended fish tagging at the Paxton House Netting Station, and found it very interesting and informative. The Tweed Foundation Members and all who were involved were very friendly and patient when answering our questions. We really enjoyed ourselves, and will definitely be back. Thank you.
We had a most enjoyable visit to Brodsworth Hall today. The gardens were beautiful and the gardeners were very enthusiastic and informative about the plants. After a lunch taken in the outside area we visited the interior of the house and the room guides were so knowledgeable and ready to talk to us that it took much longer than we anticipated. Well done to everyone concerned we felt very welcome and the visit was excellent.
We visited this house in June, house and particularly the gardens are pretty impressive and decorated with items from the period. We thought it slightly expensive for what it is, but has to be funded somehow; the staff also heavily pushed the National Trust annual membership. There is a fairly long walk from the car park to the house, which is a fairly steep hill, with the ascent on the return, there was a bus available, for a fee, walking isn't a problem for us but just a warning for anyone not expecting it. It is also worth leaving large bags in the car as you will be relieved of these when you enter the house which are returned when you leave, as with a lot of these places no photography in the house. Overall though a pleasant place to visit.
I have been fortunate enough to partake as a model in two Damien Lovegrove lighting workshops at Maunsel House. The drive up to the Manor is breathtaking- with a selection of gorgeous birds garnishing the grounds.
As for the manor itself - every room is a photographers dream! A myriad of decadent unique rooms with beautiful features such as stained glass windows, a tin bath to die for, authentic period features - and my personal favourite - the master bedroom - a den of opulence and grace! The staff are attentive and welcoming and the cuisine is delicious and varied. I do look forward to my next time at Maunsel.
I was born at Greywalls in July 1947 and would dearly like to revisit at some point. At that time it was in use by the Polish forces as a maternity hospital.
My great grandfather worked on the estate for many years and I would be interested in some information about him if possible. His name was Robert Lyon and he died in 1932.
I have not been to Copped Hall yet. It was owned by my ancestors, on my mother's side. The Cranfields, Earls of Middlesex.
A wonderful day out for the children, making dens and running off excess energy, the Bluebell woods are the most beautiful I have ever seen. Ice Cafe with great cream teas. Thank you.
I visited on April 23rd. Leadenham House is situated on a rise with lovely views of surrounding countryside. The house is still a home with some lovely rooms and magnificent views over the parkland down to the lake. The village church which ajoins Leadenham Park is very interesting with a fine ceiling by Pugin.
We had a lovely day out. Good lunch in a clean attractive restaurant. The farm was interesting and informative and we loved the walled garden. Plants for sale - bought some herbs. All in all, definitely worth a visit.
My father Fred A Beauchamp was caretaker at Winkburn Hall in and around 1948. My mother and I lived at the hall during his employment. I attended the village school, two classes in one room. I had a job distributing logs to all of the halls great fire hearths, and stood in line with the staff on a pay day, received half a crown for my toils. Old Harry was the man in charge of the stables and piggery, I was often found helping him, he used to take me with him to Mansfield on a market day. I have wonderful memories of living at the hall, the church had footprints on the roof, I was told made by burglars or the like. I last visited the hall in 1990, but found no one around but must admit I took photographs. I believe it was Mrs Longstaff I spoke to in the village, my name was the school registrar, at 8years of age. I would love to make one last nostalgic visit in the near future. Memories come flooding back.
I am a local living in Havant so just a few minutes drive away for me. I love visiting and enjoying the grounds, I love the collection of trees and love stroking the smooth and colourful bark. The trees are nicely labeled and I love taking photos of all the trees and wonderful flowers so I find it great to be able to photograph the labels for future reference at home. I am a lover of the Dutch garden especially and I enjoy a cup of coffee and slice of cake there while watching the hive of activity from the insects and butterflies as the go about the garden, I also like to watch the little wren gathering twigs for it's nest. I highly recommend this as a not to miss wonderful day out.
Just a reply to Julie Chadwick’s question about the male servants’ quarters. It is believed that most of this house is haunted by previous residents, however they are harmless and although sometimes you can sense strange things they are not often seen. The door you referred to is held open by a wedge because unlike the other doors it is on a very tight spring and shuts very fast. I would imagine the door stop wasn’t in properly or may have slipped out with the vibrations of people walking through. I hope this helps, if you would like to know about Lanhydrock’s ghosts I would recommend you Google the subject, there you will find out all you need to know.
If you are considering visiting the Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir then you are in for a unique treat. I am not normally keen on 'Guided Tours', preferring to take my time and look around at my leisure. However, the tour is unhurried, friendly and informal with ample time to take in the atmosphere of each of the 52 rooms without being bombarded with too much information at once. We were taken around the Hall by the owner, Paul, and met his wife, Victoria at the end of the tour. Both Paul and Victoria are friendly, welcoming, humorous and down-to-earth and have obviously put their hearts and souls into the house - which really adds to the whole experience. The scenery is fantastic. The Hall and the surrounding area are well worth a visit. I highly recommend a visit, its excellent value for money. Looking forward to visiting again at Christmas.
I visited Kentwell Hall with my family - I have to say it was very cool to walk around and see how my family lived and to hear how it would have been back in the Elizabethan time period. I praise the work that has been done to restore the Hall and gardens. Thank you to the Phillips. We went in September and the weather was great and we were served the best roasted pig I have ever had. It was the best meal I had in England my entire three weeks there. Again from a Clopton visiting the home her family originally came from it was exciting and so cool to see. I am from Texas in the US and wow is all I can say. Thanks. Sandra Clopton.
I'm an Australian living in NSW Australia. 1952 to 1953 I spent my time at Wotton House as a school pupil. The head master from memory was Mr Lester who very much reminded me of Henry V111 in looks. The school at the time was named Cokethorpe Grammar. As a boarding school it was wonderful and left me with many great memories, not only of the building and the surroundings but the boys as well. My dormitory was the top floor on the right of the building looking face on.I would imagine after restoration it would be magnificent. My family and I visited England in 1966 and went to Wotton, and frankly it had pretty much stayed the same. My mind still wonder back fishing on the surrounding 25 acres of lake and the great grounds. The building is well worth the entry. You must also visit the chapel down the road.
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