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Stratfield Saye House & Estate

Reading, England
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Ranked #21 of 38 attractions in Reading
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Stratford Saye House has been home to the Dukes of Wellington since 1817 and has exhibitions on the first Duke of Wellington. Entry to the house is... more »
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Hook, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We popped in for a late lunch after a day shopping in a rather busy Reading There is plenty of parking here, what a joy to be away from the crowds in this farm setting Unfortunately as for lunch, although we were just in time, there would have been a half hour wait. On one hand I was pleased that... More

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Since I last visited the cafe it has been extended. I have to say I was a little disappointed. In the first instance there were a couple of birds flying round constantly. While I appreciate the cafe is on a farm and this can happen, it is a little worrying in an area serving food. I also noticed that some... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

What a disappointment. My friend and I went here today. Our order took 20 minutes to come. The café was not busy. She had mushroom soup, I had tomato. The spoon provided for me was dirty - dried food stuck on to it. A clean spoon was brought. Butter wasn't automatically served with the bread, and when it came it... More

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Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
27 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Michael Portillo introduced us to Stratfield Saye House watching one of his Great British Railway Journeys and we visited on Good Friday. The house was given to the Ist Duke of Wellington by a grateful nation and is still lived in by his ancestors, this makes it very personal and also the reason for the restricted opening. Our hour long... More

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Andover, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

The house is difficult to find as there seem to be no signs to it. We drove virtually round the whole of the outside of the estate before finding the entrance. However once inside it was well worth the visit. Fascinating tour of the house by 2 knowledgable guides who were very friendly. The grounds were attractive and the exhibition... More

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We decided to travel from Fareham on Good Friday, checked the website which said opens at 10.30 Bank Holidays. When you get to the area there are no signs to indicate where the entrance is, we even went into the Farm shop to ask and the lady said they are always telling the estate about complaints about the signage. We... More

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17 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Stratfield is a very good visit to the house for those who are interested in the life and times of the Duke of Wellington. The guides were informative and professional. The gardens are lovely and are evidently being developed with love and attention to encourage wildlife. However, the facilities and exhibition are in need of upgrading. Maybe this is work... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Fabulous array of local produce, also a fabulous selection of gifts and a lovely tea room. Staff are friendly and helpful. Wonderful farm shop - best one I've certainly been to!

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Ancona, Italy
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890 reviews 890 reviews
517 attraction reviews
661 helpful votes 661 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

A visit to Stratfield Saye is wonderful for the beauty of the house and gardens, but especially for the extra understanding it gives of the personality of the first Duke, with glimpses into his private life. Our guide was excellent. Tactful, human, and full of stories. What you're going through and looking in is very much a private house. A... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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160 reviews 160 reviews
94 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Loved this venue, but again i love my history, especially the life & times of The 1st Duke of Wellington.(Arthur Wellesley) knowing this house was granted to him via the nation..he lived quite a simple life here & his final days at Walmer Castle, apart from his grand Apsley House at Hyde Park, but Stratfield Saye has his huge cast... More

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