We really enjoyed visiting this old home. The docents give a good tour, and the facilities are breathtaking. I think the only way to view the interior is by a tour, you can't just wander about unescorted. The tour tickets are a bit pricey but the funds are used to support the facility.
The group we were on was small, and this afforded a comfortable pace. Because of the 'non-professional' administration of the facility, you have a better opportunity to see and appreciate this great building as well as the contents on display without feeling insulated or rushed.
Everything appears as the family used it, in keeping with the time period and personal utility, unlike some 'restored' facilities that take away the actual historical contents. The presentation here definitely adds to the experience.
What does detract is that this is also a learning facility, and is shared with students and local children who I'm sure appreciate the opportunity... but having small children running through areas you're told are 'off limits' can be distracting (though generally they are well behaved).
I wish I lived in the area, because there was an enticing list of events that take place here, from musical evenings, to dinners, and even film events.
I am really glad we participated in the tour, and would recommend it if you are in the area, however, there are lots of stairs in the tour, and this is not a handicapped friendly facility, nor for someone who does not enjoy walking. This is a walking tour of a grand family home and I appreciate that it was not marred with 'modernizations' to enhance accessibility (sorry, but keep that in mind if you plan on visiting.)
There is plenty of convenient and free parking as well.
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