We visited Angelsey Abbey as part of a trip to Cambridge. What a gem! We arrived about an hour and a half before a tour of the house was to begin, so after speaking with a very helpful member of staff, we ate lunch in the cafe. This was okay. Disappointing pork stew but brilliant cakes.
We then had time to follow the 'winter walk' and what a joy this was. Beautiful planting, seen with a with coat of frost. Lanterns with candles lined the walk and were very pretty. At the house we were met by Kate, our volunteer guide and she introduced us to the mysteries of what happens during the winter when the house is closed to the public. A 'deep clean' takes place and important and costly conservation work. Kate and her colleagues were brilliant and well worth listening to. This house is a defianate must to visit and we shall be back in the summer.
The gardens are extensive and there is also a working mill to visit where you can buy the flour milled each day. One of the best National Trust Houses we have been to, and though not a large house and as grand as some, it is packed full of interest.
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