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“Beautiful house in an amazing location”
Review of Tabley House

Tabley House
Ranked #4 of 16 things to do in Knutsford
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Owner description: A unique University of Manchester collection of 18th & 19th Century British paintings, decorative arts and grand interiors. Cheshire's hidden gem!
Reviewed May 21, 2014

Myself and my now husband married at Tabley house in august 2008 and it is absolutely beautiful. we were told about tabley house by the wedding co ordinator at nearby Cottons hotel as we were searching for a venue to hold our civil ceremony. I never knew this place existed and i was soo excited just driving in to the grounds as it is so peaceful. Once we had parked and walked towards the house we got even more excited. On first view of the house I fell in love it was like something off the TV. it is an ideal wedding venue as you have full exclusivity we had it until 2pm. we married at 12 then had a champagne reception in the grounds whilst we had our photographs taken it was absolutely stunning backdrop for our wedding photos. I had to entre the house via the residential home and use the lift which was a bit of a squash in my wedding dress but well worth it. we visited the tearooms before our wedding and have been back since which is absolutely lovely to return to our wedding venue. the tearooms are lovely with lots of homemade cakes on offer. you dont have to pay to access the grounds but you have to pay to go into the house which again is worth a look around. really is a hidden gem

Thank loves2travel50
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Tabley H, General Manager at Tabley House, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2014

Thank you for writing such a lovely review. We're glad to hear the two of you visit regularly, the House and the Collection certainly seems to have that effect on many of our visitors and wedding couples. You must introduce yourself to staff/volunteers next time you are in the House, it's always great to hear from our couples after the big day.

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Reviewed May 6, 2014

Well it was bank holiday and everywhere was heaving and I was in a wheelchair after an operation so nightmare!!
We happened upon this place after dunham masay was full and its lovely!
The drive up with the lambs in the fields and period houses in the grounds made is smile. We had called ahead as asked to do on the website to gain. Wheelchair access this was done through the old folks homeat the back of the property we were met by Lynsey and she helped us in it has to be said georgian house's were not built with DDA regs in mind! The lift was too small and with much pushing and shoving we managed think others may not have done so.! Thankfully. Lynsey helping got us in
Once in the staff were fantastic and friendly we learned lots. The art work was good and the early turner very interesting well worth a look but what a shame the place was so quiet people are missing out!
Getting out soon through the old folks home was still fun but all the staff helped
the tea room had a basic menu that was ok if I am picky the marg on the spoilt my food a bit and the ramp into the tea rooms was like mount everest!!
But this place is lovely and well worth a visit and the staff are wonderful we will return again

1  Thank Rachelsnowmiller
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Tabley H, General Manager at Tabley House, responded to this reviewResponded May 18, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to post a review and for the kind words about the helpfulness of staff.

We are aware of the limitations of the access for wheelchairs etc; but as you say it's difficult to fit in lift shafts in 18th century buildings. The one we have can be a bit tight for larger wheel chairs but is usually OK for most. However we would strongly advise people to get in touch in advance so that we can make the transition to the Collection on the first floor as easy as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you again soon and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Reviewed April 22, 2014

We spent a couple of hours in the tea room and in the house and had an interesting time.
There is much to see on the one floor of the house that houses the museum (the other floors constitute a care home). Many fine paintings, including an early Turner (who had been commissioned to paint two views of the lake), furniture and ceramics and unusual plaster ceilings are on display.
The staff are friendly, helpful and informative.
Unusually, for visitors, there was an absence of 'Disabled' signage and if you can't handle stairs you'd do well to follow the entrance signs directing you towards the care home rather than the tea room. You can then park close to the ground floor entrance and lift.

1  Thank ron c
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Tabley H, General Manager at Tabley House, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review the Collection and we're very pleased that you found your visit interesting.

The reason for the lack of disabled parking signs in relation to the Collection, is that the car park you are referring to is not within the management of the Collection but is for the Nursing Home, which is a separate organisation. We can make arrangements for drivers with a disability to use this car park but would advise that you contact us beforehand. You can call the office on 01565 750151. Similarly if you have passengers who require the lift access to the first floor and need to be dropped off at this entrance. After dropping off passengers the driver of the vehicle must park on the designated car park for the Collection.

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Reviewed April 12, 2014

A wonderful collection of paintings, hung on the principle floor of an elegant country house. Great on all levels whether you are an art expert or just want to soak in some culture in a relaxed setting. The Tabley House Collection, owned by The University of Manchester is made up of paintings, decorative arts, costume, a large library collection in the long gallery... the list goes on. There are some nice displays and stewards are on hand to answer any questions we had, or start you off on an interesting story about the place.

Although over shadowed a bit by Tatton Park close by with its National Trust status, Tabley has a friendly atmosphere, passionate volunteers and an interesting history. Not much grounds space but well kept and enough to have a little wander and stretch your legs. Opening times must have changed as it is now open from 1:00 not 2:00.

1  Thank Amit P
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Tabley H, General Manager at Tabley House, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2014

Thank you for your comments, we do hope that you will visit us again soon. Yes you're right we extended our opening hours this season and we do open at 1 pm with the tea room open at 12.

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Reviewed November 11, 2013

It was made into a boys school when the owner failed his common entrance , it stayed as such even after his death, when it was left to Manchester University , Who kept it as a school for a while mainly Monday to Friday boarders . it was turned into old peoples home and museum , which hold soma very good work a Turner. there is a very small church, where the boys held service a Christmas . The stable block that was a the school science block is now private rented homes. The park is free roaming with she from the farm , so watch dogs. worth a couple of hours and you can visit other places in Kutsrod the Birds of prey and Rose growers Fryers

1  Thank Barbara K
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Tabley H, General Manager at Tabley House, responded to this reviewResponded April 21, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to comment on the House and the Collection. We do hope that you will visit us again to take in more of the stories of the House and family.

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