We took the opportunity to visit, knowing it only to be open to the public on bank holiday weekends, and less than 5 miles from where we live. Paying £11 for the two of us to visit the gardens. We were expecting beautiful colourful displays.... there was little evidence of tlc. The surrounding grounds were worth a visit and the natural ponds were peaceful. There weren't too many people, which was a good job because all in all it takes less than half an hour to walk around. Fortunately the sunshine enhanced the views and made us stay longer. Nothing at all for children and you were literally led down paths to locked gates marking the areas as 'private'. We aren't experts on roses, but do know enough to know pruning and deadheading promotes flowers. There were empty beds and sorry looking displays in a very small area. Certainly not the gardens we expected. We didn't visit the house as it was too nice to be indoors, but had we wanted to we would have been put off by the couple heading back to their car who advised us there was a long wait. We assume because people had taken the trouble to visit and had been round the grounds in next to no time. Also, the gentleman and young girl who took our money seemed uninterested in exchanging niceties with us. Pleased the weather was good and would be interested to know how much value for money the house turned out to be. Needs something else to entice you back. And should refer to 'grounds' not gardens.
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