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“Beauty on human scale”
Review of Arundells

Arundells
Ranked #5 of 77 things to do in Salisbury
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Really human sized house on Cathedral Green . Fantastic gardens and very knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff to share their experieneces of the building and its associations

Thank sdm02
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"sir edward"
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"ted heath"
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"prime minister"
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"political cartoons"
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"his life"
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"beautiful house"
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"world leaders"
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"guided tour"
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"chinese wallpaper"
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"winston churchill"
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"grand piano"
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"acre garden"
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

Arundells is the former home of Sir Ted Heath. The curator greeted me and just one other visitor for a guided tour. Standing in the garden, he gave us an informative talk about the history of the building (utterly fascinating) and of how Sir Ted came to live there. Inside, a colleague of his took over and talked to us at length about Sir Ted's yachting career, his collection of art (well worth a visit), and his music. This delightful man spent a good hour with my fellow visit and I - we learned much about Ted and his life. It was extremely enlightening. I certainly didn't expect the kind of personal treatment I got - it was astonishing. Sadly, if the numbers of visitors don't keep up this year, then the house will be sold off and all the beautiful and fascinating contents will go too.

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Reviewed June 7, 2012

A privilege to visit ground floor of Sir Edward Heath's home. Could almost expect him to walk into the room! Room stewards amazingly friendly and informative. Recommend a free flow visit - Thursdays from 11 a.m.

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Reviewed May 5, 2012

A quintessential setting, Arundells is a former Canon's home and now a museum of the last home of the former PM, Ted Heath. Ted's love of music and sailing is self evident and gifts that he received from the great and the good are everywhere. My favourites are two oil paintings by Sir Winston Churchill. The staff are a credit and many worked in Ted's household. They are impeccable in their enthusiasm, knowledge and appearance. While touring the garden a deer jumped over a medieval wall and ran around the Arundell garden for nearly ninety minutes.

Thank georgegrimes
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Reviewed May 2, 2012

There are very few residences of prime Ministers of the United Kingdom open to visitors. This was Sir Edward Heath's last home and probably the one most closely mirroring his tastes.

The problems with the trustees have been well documented in other reviews. They do a disservice to Sir Edward's memory and wishes and to those interested in the history of the United Kingdom in wanting to sell this house off with its invaluable collection of artworks (including works by Sickert, Sargent, John Piper, Augustus John and Sir Winston Churchill and exhibits pertaining to Heath's life but also of interest way beyond that.

Yes, only the ground floor is open now but if the trustees can be persuaded to keep it open whi knows whether more exhibits will not be forthcoming? A fascinating collection of political cartoons is also a highlight.

If the trustees cannot see sense the National Trust should buy this for the nation. The house and gardens alone are of an architectural merit to warrant this, but when you add the interiors...The staff are wonderful and the curator an immensely knowledgeable and engaging gentleman. Fantastic place to visit.

Thank Nipotito
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