Once again iv'e been here many many times over the yrs and i still enjoy coming here although iv'e never been on a guided tour of the abbey, iv'e either gone just to walk around the grounds with the dog or gone there to one of many craft fairs and exhibitions they hold through out the year.
All in all it's just nice place to visit on a sunny Sunday afternoon, relax in the courtyard of the tea room, a bite to eat maybe, or just wander round the beautiful grounds with an ice cream in one hand and your loved ones hand in the other, while taking in the sights and sounds of the day.
As you walk further and further through the park it becomes quite clear how vast it is and when you get to the far side of the lake there is a Ford, not as in Ford Anglia, but Ford as in the water sense.
This can be quite fun watching cars go through it, especially at speed as some drivers do, just to delight folk that stand there waiting for that one person that doesn't quite make it and conks out in the middle having flooded his engine to the delight of the crowd that's gathered there just to see this happen to some poor unsuspecting joe. Then you get the wide boys in their 4x4's that go there to show what they can do while trying to soak the crowd by hitting the water at speed.
This happens more so in the winter months when the Ford is a lot higher than normal, which tends to catch people out, especially those who have never been through it before, hilarious all the same.
There is a small garden centre further on from the Ford you can visit, before heading back to the car park.
If country estates are your bag then this is no exception, so my advice is, stick it on your to visit list and check it out...
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