Up until recently only the gardens had been available to visit but the house now has a few rooms open as well. We started with tea in the dining room which belonged to the Terry family and it is marvellous to sit and eat a cream tea with the views that the Terry family would have enjoyed as this was the original dining room for the family. The staff are most knowledgeable and their passion for the house comes through strongly.
The furniture isn't original (that being in Fairfax House in York) but the items are in the appropriate style and you are welcome to sit and touch and invited to take part in the chess game or pop in a few pieces of the jigsaw on the table. We felt like family friends; staff came in to smile at our energetic and noisy game of table tennis and bagatelle in the Terry's family play room. I have to say that we are in our late 50s!
There are lots of family photographs and comments and information about the growth of the Terry's chocolate business.
On going out to the garden we were given a photocopied sheet written by the gardener with information about current chores, delights and disasters in the gardens. This intimate sheet all adds to the feeling of visiting friends and we stretched out on the cane lounge chairs in the autumn sunshine and relaxed. We had to tear ourselves away. Do go and visit. We shall certainly be going again.
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