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“Downton Abbey Revisited”
Review of Berrington Hall

Berrington Hall
Ranked #3 of 55 things to do in Hereford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Created as the perfect house in the perfect setting, Berrington has many secrets to uncover. Here in one of Henry Holland’s first houses, you can explore the family rooms and walk in the servants’ footsteps down the back stairs, moving around the house unseen by the family and guests. You will find out what happened to William Kemp, LordCawley’s butler, and discover the anguish of a grieving mother during the First World War. Alternatively why not join a below-stairs tour to see if you would have liked being a servant at Berrington?
Reviewed July 4, 2013

During our trip to England we also visited the fantastic Berrington Hall. It's beautiful gardens had been created by the great "Capability" Brown and the interior (especially the staircase) are absolutely breathtaking. Staff is very friendly, knowledgable and helpful and their "National Trust Cake" in the tea room was the best of all 5 different ones I tried.

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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Great visit in Beautiful surroundings. The organised tours a must. Staff extremely knowledgeable and a very interesting property.
Well worth a return trip!
Great for a walk around the lake and the grounds (when the herons aren't nesting, that is!)

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

The grounds and gardens are good but the house had me pondering about it's usefulness to it's previous owners. There are [ or were ] no bath areas or bathrooms or toilets, except a small room between floors that had a doubtful looking flushing/washing devise and a small sink [ together with a nasty aroma ] . I could detect no masculine influence whatsoever in the house decorations, furnishings and fittings and room arrangements. The walls and ceilings were copiously adorned with cameos, which, while very artistic, revealed a large feminine input into the finishings. It occurs to me that the Admiral must have spent much of his life at sea and in his absence, gave his wife free rein over these matters. There is absolutely no trace of a kitchen or a sign that there ever was one. No sign of a brewery area [ common in these times] or a billiard or games room. Would I have lived here? no way Jose.

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Some country houses you're not allowed to touch the exhibits but here at Berrington Hall you can! From having tea with teddy in the nursery to washing the laundry in the servants quarters you get a real feel for the history. You can almost imagine being a cast member of 'Downton Abbey'!
The staff are very helpful, friendly and knowledgable. The Hall is run by the National Trust, so free entrance for members.
The gardens are very well looked after and there are plenty of things to see in the grounds. There are a few outdoor games to play after you've enjoyed your picnic in the summer sunshine...
There is also a hidden adventure playground for the children, so nobody can get bored with this place. The tearooms are located in the court yard and offer a good range of delicious cakes!

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

I confess, that day was a bit of a blur. We were rushed in trying to visit Berrington Hall and Croft Castle in one afternoon. It is irritating that both properties are only open in the afternoon, rather than staggering their opening hours a bit, since they are so close together.

It was wet and chilly, and I can't remember much of the grounds by Capability Brown, or the interior of the house. However, the guided tour of the servants' quarters was very memorable. The guide was interesting and informative. She was dressed in her traditional chief launderess' uniform and was kind enough to keep us inside as much as possible.

I don't want to spoil it, but it is worth visiting Berrington for this tour alone. Children are used as models and are able to have a go at some early 19th century laundry tools.

1  Thank Fenedin
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