You visit the house on the afternoons it's open in hourly guided tours. Ours was excellent, the guide showing us building, paintings and furniture from Tudor times. The great hall impressed as it must have done Doddington and Hulse visitors, and the bedrooms with original embroidered covers amazing.
There's a little Saxon church plus a huge rural collection in the walled garden: four sheds of farm machinery with the biggest collection of tractors we've ever seen, village crafts and shops. If only it were active with people demonstrating workings or explaining life in the past, this would be better than Milestones in Basingstoke. As it's between the attractive towns of Salisbury and Fordingbridge, well signed and with easy parking, we couldn't understand why more people weren't there.
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