I visited with my mother and we did the grounds first and then the castle tour. The grounds were lovely and there are several trails to walk. The potting sheds and animal enclosure were wonderful. The grounds were also lovely although the rose garden was seriously undermaintained. The roses needed to be dead-headed, there were petals all over the place and some weeds, some of the branches are hanging low blocking the path around the side of the chapel. The castle interior was stunning and our guide was friendly and knew plenty of interesting facts - young guy, can't remember his name now but he was really a credit to the castle. The best thing about the day was the tour, although we also loved the animals. The worst thing was the cafe. The service wasn't friendly and when the guy brought our baked potato with tuna mayo and our pie and chips he asked whether we wanted a knife and fork - well how else are you supposed to eat a jacket potato? Also they don't have any vinegar which is weird since the jacket potatoes, pies and chips are the only hot options and a lot of people have chips. The food itself was nice. We found out later there was another restaurant, alongside a farm shop and garden shop. Wish we had known that was there before! We got the bus to Powderham and it stopped right outside which was very handy. The guy in the entrance hut was very welcoming and friendly too. I'd say allow 3 hours to enjoy Powderham or maybe longer if it's nice weather and you want to enjoy the grounds more.
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