We were greeted by the young lady in the shop in a lovely friendly manner. We bought our tickets and went for a wander round the grounds, checking out the map (50p) from the shop. It was a joy to take our eight year old daughter into the greenhouses, alpine house, cacti house, and other garden areas unrestricted! She delighted in being shown the plants in all these places and we could see the care taken. Everywhere we walked was well maintained, and plants meticulously labelled. Into the tearoom to warm up, where we had toasted teacake, tiffin, tea, coffee and a ham and cheese sandwich. Everything was clean, and the food nicely presented. All the staff were very welcoming and helpful. Then we wandered round the house and it was truly lovely. Being a photographer I enjoyed seeing all the old family pictures around the walls. You could really imagine living there with the Nettlefold's because the rooms were set out as though they just left the room! Everywhere was very well maintained, clean and warm (welcoming since it was minus something degrees outside!) and staff were dotted about to help with any questions, without being overbearing. Having been National Trust members before, Winterbourne did not feel as 'stuffy' or controlled. Even the old kitchen area was lovely, and there were two places for children to dress up and walk about. Our daughter enjoyed the recordings that played in various places in the house, this brought it alive for her. We were so impressed that we have purchased a season ticket and will definitely be back. A marvelous place to go on a warmer day, and really enjoy the gardens. This is going to be a great place for a day to spend homeschooling, and we can't wait to go back!
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