Peckover House

Peckover House, Wisbech: Hours, Address, Peckover House Reviews: 4.5/5

Peckover House
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
A National Trust Property - house, grounds containing a Stables restaurant etc.
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1-2 hours
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Lincolnshire, UK880 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
The house isn’t particularly large but, due to the excellent guided tour we experienced of no more than 12 people, our tour lasted almost an hour.
The garden is very pretty but doesn’t take more than 15 minutes to walk around.
You have to book to visit. Frustratingly, the actual tour takes place 30 minutes after the time on your ticket. You are advised to tour the garden first. As most people arrive at least 5 minutes early for a guided tour, that is quite a lot of time to fill. Several people expressed frustration at this. Fortunately, it wasn’t raining.
There is no car park but parking is free in the town.
Written September 4, 2021
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Market Deeping, UK125 contributions
Jan 2020
Visitied the gardens this weekend.the spring bulbs are poking through, the crocuses and snowdrops are out and greenery is coming into bud.lovely to just amble around the gardens as always something different to see.called in the restaurant and enjoyed roasted vegetable soup and brown bread.lovely on a cold day. I belong to the National trust and this place is a little treasure I visit at least once a month throughout the year when gardens open.
Written January 22, 2020
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Alistair M
Northampton, UK190 contributions
Jul 2021
Charming house made special with a guided tour (about 1 hr 15 minutes), There are very limited places for the tour so book ahead at the earliest chance. Also, as a result of getting the opening times wrong we arrived too early and so were very lucky with parking after struggling to find it, even with satnav assistance. Signposting in Wisbech wasn't brilliant.

I guess if we had only done an unguided tour we would have got round quite quickly in the limited rooms open and have had far less information.
Written July 10, 2021
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Birmingham, UK20 contributions
Sep 2021
A real gem in the heart of Wisbech, such a varied history throughout the past 250 years. The gardens are a wonderful retreat in the middle of a town, and so quiet considering a major road is so near. Informative Guide took us through the ages and occupants - really interesting.
Written September 13, 2021
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Stamford, UK20 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
We visited this property yesterday intending to meet family there, eat in the Barn restaurant and continue our journey around this area doing family research. I know Peckover House well and gardens having visited many times and love the house and it's history. I am a NT member my subscription current until end of March2018.
I was told I would have to pay for gardens as we would get the benefit of them on our walk to the Barn !
As there were four in our party (me being the only member) we were charged £17 to use the café.. explaining we had not time for gardens made no difference.
So 4 jacket potatoes covered in a cheap grated cheese and a meagre offer of a few green leaves and coffees/tea cake etc we spent £35 + so not forgetting the £17 already paid to walk the path to the Barn.....yes we did see some snowdrops ! Was it worth it ? it was the worst NT experience to date and there will not be another one as I will not be renewing my membership.
AS a very large wealthy organisation how can they be so small minded and mean ???
I am someone who has grown up in Wisbech visiting this house many times this experience has now very much soured our connection to this place.
Written March 12, 2018
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Dear Christine890, Thank you for your review above and also for your comments in our visitor book which i read and have noted. I am very happy to talk to you over the phone about some of the points you have raised, as i feel this is an unfair review and is not reflective of our service and experience we give customers at Peckover and does not reflect the whole picture of what happened on this occasion, after speaking to my members of staff about it. I would like to respond to some of the points you make though, for reference for other people looking at the review - our potential visitors - As a National Trust property, entry is free to NT members. For those who are not members, an admission fee is payable to help us look after the property. This is clearly stated on our website, NT handbook (of which i am sure you have a copy) and the sign before you enter the visitor reception to gain admission. Our NT members pay a subscription fee to gain 'free' entry into properties, so i am surprised that you feel that people that haven't paid for this (as you have), should be able to enter for free and enjoy the NT member benefits without paying a subscription to our charity. The Reed Barn tea room is behind the pay barrier at Peckover and is reached via walking through the gardens, which is an enjoyable experience at any time of year. As we are situated in a town centre, there are lots of other options for people that purely want something to eat and not interested in anything else on site. Our tea room menu is based on the NT Cook Book, a mandatory menu for us that is followed in all the NT catering outlets across the country, so the ingredients used are sourced from the same suppliers and the production is strictly followed to the same recipe, so there is very little variation in quality and presentation. I am sorry you thought that the cheese wasn't of a suitable quality for you and i will take it up with the NT supply chain if you could let me know what it was that you thought could be improved. The price of the menu is set by central NT and all monies raised in the tea room goes back into the care of the property. The National Trust is a charity and relies heavily on donations and NT membership for it to run, so i am sorry that you are choosing not to renew your membership. Regards Ben Rickett Peckover House 01945 582871
Written March 15, 2018
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Dave M
30 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
What a wonderful afternoon I've spent with my wife at Peckover House. The gardens here are in full bloom at the moment so now's the time to fully appreciate it's beauty, it's aroma and of course it's wonderful history!
After ambling around the garden at ,,,, well the pace it warrants , that is as slow as you want, we then went into the Reed Barn for a cuppa and of course the cake,,,,,,,,, oh the cake!!! There is a wide choice of cakes, sandwiches and hot food choices too, and all home made.
So if you want to catch up on some local Fenland history and appreciate yet another National Trust property then why not try Peckover House, you won't be disappointed!
Thanks for reading my review, please let me know if it helps.
Written June 24, 2018
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fred h
Wisbech, UK18 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
This is a trust property. It is very interesting with a model of old Wisbech in it. The staff are friendly. They shut parts of the garden when windy because of the trees. .But you walk next to the shut bit to get to the café so the trees can fall on you or not
Written March 3, 2018
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Gina M
London, UK118 contributions
Apr 2014
We visited Peckover house on a sunny day. The gardens are beautiful in the spring sunlight, sitting on a sheltered bench, however they were rather uniform, with no kitchen garden or orchards. The tea room served excellent food, however it was so badly run, we had to wait 45 minutes for a tuna sandwich which eventually I had to fetch myself! Adam in the tea room was sweet and helpful, but all alone behind the counter! The house was rather disappointing; would have liked more information on the Quakers and maybe one room could have represented the bank? Will not be returning.
Written April 21, 2014
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Dear Gina M, Thank you for visiting Peckover House on the 21 April (East Bank Holiday), i am glad you enjoyed our gardens and the quality of our food in the Reed Barn tea-room. I am sorry to read that you didn't find enough information about the Quakers or the Wisbech and Lincolnshire bank on your visit. We have just opened for his season a new banking exhibition, telling the story of the Peckover's bank. This exhibition is situated in the last remaining part of the original bank, just past the gift shop. It is highlighted as a place to visit in your welcome leaflet, and by the reception staff when you first arrive. Once again, i am sorry you missed it. We are constantly developing the story of Peckovers and their life on the property. When caring for the garden we try and remain as true to their planting schemes as possible, keeping it as a family garden. The Peckovers never had a kitchen garden, and we think it would be inappropriate to add features that are not true to the history of the garden. The Peckovers did however have an orchard, on the lawn nearest the Reed Barn tea room. However, by the time the garden came into the care of the National Trust, the orchard was no longer present, and we have no immediate plans to reinstate it. Our head gardener has produced a display about the history of the garden and how we care for it now, in the school house of 19 North Brink. I am sorry you didn't get the opportunity to read it on your visit. We are currently developing the house to incorporate more of the story of the Peckovers - as Quakers - and we realise there is work to be done. However, i am sorry that you missed our WWI Quaker exhibition in the Library and the extensive information about Quakers and the family in the Museum Room. I am sorry that you had a long wait for your food, Bank Holiday Monday was one of the busiest days ever for us, and i am surprised to read that our Catering Assistant, Adam, was alone behind the counter, as i had 4 members of staff on that day, plus one volunteer. I will pass on your compliments to Adam. We do have a board on the center trolley as you walk into the barn which states the wait time for your food. I am sorry that you did not see it, and will talk to our Catering Supervisor, to see if we can put it in a more visible place. I hope you do visit us again If you would like to discuss this any further, please feel free to ring me on the number below. Thank you Ben Rickett House and Visitor Services Manager 01945 582871
Written April 23, 2014
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Siobhan M
Norfolk, UK193 contributions
Dec 2019
The house is beautifully decorated with lots of Christmas trees and flowers in each room. The Christmas trees are donated and decorated by local organisations following on the Quaker tradition of involving the local community which we thought was very special. The house is small for a National Trust House but has its own charm as you can imagine the people living there. The information about the Quaker family and their Bank was very interesting too. The flowers were exceptional, all done by local volunteers. The volunteers were warm and friendly, even playing Christmas Carols on a guitar so the atmosphere was very jolly.

We also enjoyed the 2 acre garden and would like to return to see it in the summer.
The tea room was well worth a visit with nice scones and an excellent setting in the old barn of the estate.

We recommend you visit Peckover House during their Christmas season as the house was so well decorated.
Written December 12, 2019
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Annie R
6 contributions
Aug 2019
This is a hidden gem in the centre of Wisbeach. The cafe is in a lovely courtyard together with the bookshop and is a very peaceful setting. The gardens are very well laid out with beautiful flower beds and orders, and the croquet lawn is a gem in the midst of the town. On the day of our visit a pianist was playing in the library , it was a wonderful experience. The house is very welcoming and has a wonderful atmosphere, well worth a visit.
Written September 23, 2019
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