The house itself does not have a car park so one has to park further down the village where there is a free public car park and toilet facilities. The wall up the pretty village of Selborne is nice as there are some interesting shops. There is as nice local pottery chockfull of interesting pieces just past the house on the right near the village church. Fortunately it was a sunny day when we visited so we could go outside into the extensive gardens. Being winter most beds were not in bloom but the snowdrops were out and there was a delightful path through a carpet of snowdrops. The crocuses were out too and brought cheer to the countryside setting for the house. We arrived in the for lunch and there is a superb little restaurant inside the house that serves nice lunches and teas though a tad expensive. One can book this little restaurant for special events if there is a party greater than 8 people. The gift shop and restaurant can be visited without a ticket but to see the rooms and garden one needs to buy tickets. The gift shop is full of excellent souvenir and craft items. The great lounge and library has a good collection of Gilbert White's books and his original manuscript of his famous book. The drawers contain other interesting historical books and letters including a first edition bound on the skin of his favourite dog that died! All the rooms downstairs and upstairs are beautifully presented and his bedroom is kept dark as it contains the original bedspreads embroidered by his aunts, which would fade in bright sunlight. Apart for the bedroom and study the other rooms upstairs have exhibits and children's interactive areas to do with the unrelated Oates family (one was an an African explorer and the other an Antarctic explorer who accompanied the ill fated Shackleton expedition). The reason these exhibits are at the house is because the Oates family were big benefactors who contributed to the restoration of Gilbert White's house. The display of South American stuffed birds that belonged to the earlier Oates explorer is impressive. All in all, a visit to this site will keep all the family interested for several hours including lunch and a walk in the garden and woods. On a sunny day there is a Zigzag path through the woods at the back garden to the top of the hill for the adventurers who have Wellies. The church in the village is worth a short visit as is the local pottery and shop.
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