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“Lovely Grounds”
Review of Stoneleigh Abbey

Stoneleigh Abbey
Reviewed March 17, 2013

We only paid to see the grounds, but will possibly visit again in the future to take a tour of the house. It was blistering hot when we visited and delightfully, we were pretty much the only people there.

The grounds are superb and very well kept with grazing sheep to one side, a small area of woodland towards the back and a very pleasant cafe. It was a lovely place to spend a quiet afternoon in good weather.

The cafe was reasonably priced. Considering the type of place it is and its usual clientèle, it could have been a lot worse! The staff were friendly and attentive, making sure we had everything we wanted before leaving us be.

Will definitely visit again in the future!

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

We visited on a Jane Austen tour. Guides in costume tell you about the history, would have liked to see more rooms, only the ground floor opened.
Grounds are very nice. I believe that part of the house is now private apartments.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

great for families and for couples, good day out - is a little pricey
but has some beautiful little places to visit

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

The Jane Austin Tour had been recommended to us. Looking at the leaflet we arrived about an hour beforehand to visit the grounds and explore. The drive up to the house is beautiful, especially with all the autumn colours.

When we went to pay for the tour (£8 each) the card machine was not working so we managed to get together the cash required to enter. We were then shown a map and all the areas that we could and could not explore were pointed out. Whilst the wak along the river was lovely it didn't take long and with so many areas out of bounds we struggled to fill the hour before the tour. We visited the restored stables and went to the Orangery for refreshments. We said we didn't have cash and asked if their card machine was working before we ordered. Initially they said their card machine was working, then found it wasn't, after they had poured our drinks. We didn't feel this was handled very well. The staff had our order ready then announced payment hadn't gone through as the machine wasn't working but didn't offer any other methods of payment. I offered a cheque but they didn't accept cheques. They didn't offer to try the card machine again or later after our tour and in the end we were the ones who had to apologise and walk away!

The highlight of the visit was the Jane Austin Tour which was delightful. The scene was expertly set before the tour started with the lead up to Jane's visit before we 'walked in her footsteps' up the front steps. Excerpts from letters by Jane's mother were read which gave a real feel for the house and it's residents. Our guide was enthusiastic and very considerate of her visitors needs. She was in costume as well. The most is made of the Jane Austin connection. The tour lasted about 1.5 hours and saved what had been, up to then a bit of a disappointing visit.

I would definately recommend the Jane Austin Tour. You are expected to stand throughout the tour until you reach the chapel at the end, although our guide did source seating for a couple in our group who found this a challenge. There are some steps to negotiate as well, although there was a lift for one set.

If you like refreshments as part of your visit then this will add to the time your visit takes. If, like us, you were hoping to explore all the grounds and gardens and take time over this, then this aspect is quite limited. The 'very good' rating really reflects the excellent time had on the Jane Austin Tour.

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We visited here years ago when a colleague who lives in one of the renovated apartments in the manor house invited us to dinner. Lovely place--what our friend calls "Theme Park Britain" with a large pond, sheep grazing across the way, bucolic setting. The Manor House itself is interesting because Jane Austen actually lived here for 3 months or so when her cousin came to take possession of it after he inherited it. They preserved her apt I believe.

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