Went here on the 7th April & had a lovely time. As you enter you have a fairly long drive round to the car park but it takes you through the deer park. As we were driving along a deer ran across in front of us to the other side, then stopped to graze, it was a great photo opportunity. Huge car park with toilet facilities. To get in you have to go through the shop & then out into a court yard. Straight in front was a restaurant, reasonably priced, cream tea was lovely & so was the coffee cake & flapjack. The Abbey was lovely to walk round, plenty of guides to speak to if you had any questions. Have to say a few guides looked unapproachable & didn't even speak to you when you entered the room which I found a bit rude when I had acknowledged them. Lots of things to look at, sometimes you didn't know what to look at first! As the family who own this still live here you can only see a certain amount of rooms, we even saw their puppy playing outside in the gardens from one of the windows we were looking out of. Later on when we went to the courtyard where the antiques centre is you can see the back of the abbey with the formal gardens which is blocked off from the public, by then we could see children playing on the grass with the puppy. Lots of out buildings to look in containing exhibitions etc. Pretty gardens to walk round, the Chinese Dairy looked impressive. One of my favourite rooms to look at was the last room before you leave, a room completely done out in shells, it was so unexpected but very pretty.
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