I love the Hill-Stead House. From the moment you enter the estate and travel down the beautifully maintained drive you feel as though you have travelled back in time. The house and grounds are gorgeous. There is a small gift shop. Inside the barn there is an introductory film explaining who Theodate Pope was. Not only did she design this house as well as tony Miss Porter's School but she was the first woman architect in the United States. Remember the scene in Titanic where the family travels to Europe to purchase Art? It will come alive for you as you tour this house and see the original Manets ,Monets, Renoirs, Casssats, Most of the furniture is original or reproduced to historical specification. The docents are all well versed and educated. This is not a house where you cluster around a gated entrance to each room. You walk through the house in and out of each room and upstairs into the bedrooms. Each time I visit I feel as if I could live here and wish I could.