A lovely house in its own right, the Edward Heath connection makes it that more worthwhile.
Especially interesting in that it is not a National Trust or Country House but a personal residence and furnished accordingly ..We also were a bit hesitant at first but are very glad we visited.
I took the Sunday £7 unescorted view and as everyone says I found the attendants and guides
very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. They made my visit especially interesting. They all knew the man I think.
The gardens themselves are worth a visit and do walk to the end to see the rivers, Cathedral Close is a cool place to see. All this in the City Centre,.
In fact more information could be made available about Sir Edward as many visitors (especially from abroad) may not appreciate who he was and know the details. Also more on his personality after retirement would be useful.
At our B&B (Evening Hill in Coombe Bissett, good value for those on a budget) they told us that he used to like visiting the local pubs in the surrounding villages and chatting to locals. And that once a year he invited his publican friends to lunch. He died at age 89 so had a few years to explore the area with his 2 Detectives and Jaguar with driver.
Perhaps the upstairs could be opened irrespective of its condition? And tea on the lawn would be worth £5 each I suggest.
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