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“Lambs and Picnics”
Review of Wimpole Estate

Wimpole Estate
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Arrington
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Owner description: The original house on this 3,000-acre estate was built for Sir Thomas Chicheley in the 1640s, rebuilt and added to over the years, and finally restored to its proper splendor today.
Ely, United Kingdom
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“Lambs and Picnics”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

We've visited a few times during lambing season and it's such a pleasure to wander through the fields and get to see the lambs in their natural habitat. We usually take a picnic as we're National Trust members so it's an almost free day out. Grounds and house are beautiful and the farm has something for everyone

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“Whimsical Wimpole”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

We were blessed with lovely weather and our arrival at the Wimpole Estate found off the A603, some 8 Miles from Cambridge, was greeted by a courteous guide directing us to parking spaces for which we paid a £2.00 fee - good value if you wanted to spend the whole day either dog walking or exploring the vast Estate and taking a picnic to consume at leisure in gorgeous surrounds, no worries about meters!. We walked up to what had been the Stables and now sports ticket office and a variety of gift shops and lavatories. We wanted to visit the Hall where Captain George and Mrs Elsie Bambridge had lived since purchasing the Mansion in 1938. Our main interest in Elsie was that she was Rudyard Kipling's Daughter. We were not disappointed, as the place was fabulous, with an amazing mix of architecture, a fascinating glimpse of "upstairs/downstairs" with the original servant's quarters and bells, and the famous Master Bedroom and bath the size of a plunge pool in the Olympics! The Library was amazing housing some 10,000 books and some time back a leak had spoiled part of the collection, and we were able to see these being restored in the workshop. After our tour we walked the beatifully cultivated formal gardens and then the wilder areas of the parks, visiting Home Farm where enchanting piglets were seen scampering about. We succumbed to the delights of the Cafe/restaurant which served mainly home grown food, and though a little on the pricey side, I reckoned was good value for money as it was fresh and beautifully served. Wimpole is certainly good for a family visit as there is much to attract children including a quiz sheet given out for walking around the Hall, encouraging youngsters to take an interest in these lovely surroundings. Highly recommnded and modestly priced! Jan Long, Ledbury

Visited May 2013
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Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England
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“Great Day Out”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

We chose a rainy Tuesday to visit Wimpole Hall, but our spirits weren't dampened once inside the house. An excellent introductory talk followed by us meandering around the clearly marked route in our own time, with frequent explanations from the volunteers in each room. Fantastic history and so well maintained, the library was amazing. We started with coffee in their restaurant, and finished there again with a leisurely lunch of lamb moussaka with fresh vegetables, perfect. Once the rain eased we wandered around the paths to the walled garden and admired their vegetables! Everything is very well signposted, there's so much open space for picnics in decent weather, and everyone was welcoming and knowledgeable. A great day out, and the house and gardens are free of course for NT members!

Visited May 2013
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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“The first - and very enjoyable - use of our NT memberships”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

My mum bought my boyfriend and I memberships to the National Trust for Chrismas, and we decided to use them for the first time on a trip to Wimpole Hall and Park whilst visiting my boyfriend's grandparents in a nearby village.

We are both "National Trust children," so we knew how everything worked as regards entering National Trust properties, but I was delighted to find, almost immediately upon entering the grounds, that the National Trust has indeed become "cool." Signs in the parkland now claim that the grass is "reserved for fun and games," signs in the garden profess that "photos from this spot looks great" and signs in the house directed us to places we were able to sit, and things we were able to touch. All of this is a far cry from the stiff and outdated NT of our childhoods!

We got our tickets from a wonderfully friendly lady in the ticket office, and headed up to the house, taking some obligatory silly photos en route. The house itself is fascinating; not too ostentatious and grand, but still a fascinating insight into how Elsie Bambridge lived in Georgian times.

The guides were all very helpful and eager to chat - particularly the lady in the library, since my boyfriend and I are both slight book geeks. I enjoyed the laminated guide sheet I was given; with a short paragraph for each room, which was a perfect amount of information for me.

From the house, we headed into the gorgeous garden and then wandered around the walled garden and orchard. We continued to spot signs inviting us to take photos (including Twitter hastags on the signs!) and we willingly obliged.

Sadly, we arrived too late at Home Farm to be able to see the rare breed animals, but we headed back to the stable block and I had a brilliant peruse of all the books in the bookshop, followed by a Mini Milk ice cream :)

All in all, a wonderful first foray into the world of NT properties in the 21st century - particularly in the May Bank Holiday sunshine!

Visited May 2013
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Thetford, United Kingdom
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“National Trust At Its Best”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

Wimpole Hall Estate is an example of the National Trust at its best. The house, grounds, gardens and farm are well maintained and the staff and volunteers are professional and courteous. The estate is beautiful, and life in the Hall at its most splendid is clearly preserved and presented.

The welcome and ticket area is in the converted stables block, and clock tower dominates over the courtyard which is home to the ticket hall, shop, toy shop and a small canteen. Local artisans (today a wool spinner and a ceramics painter) also displayed their craft skills and their wares in this area.

The main house and gardens are a fair walk from the ticket hall, but a five seat golf cart type shuttle was available to take people across the grounds. The gardens were beautiful as was the Hall.

All in all a great day out.

Visited May 2013
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