Having visited Broadlands yesterday I looked up the reports on Tripadvisor and am frankly shocked at some of the frankly inanely negative comments.
It is not Disneyland but is a family home with fascinating historic connections.
We last went about 25 years ago. The Mountbatten exhibition was fascinating but the archive is now lodged (responsibly and for very good reason) with the University of Southampton.There is still plenty of Lord Louis bits around the house though.
On that visit the house seemed very down at heel and somewhat drab.
It has been superbly conserved with later decorative schemes replaced with the colours that the architect intended. It came across as a fascinating glimpse into the whole history of the house and the families who have lived in it. It also had the feel of a living home rather than a shell once lived in by a great man.
There was a very good video playing before the tour start, which was a veritable Mountbattenfest.
The lavatories were by the car park. They are of the mobile variety but were plumbed-in flush toilets which were clean and more than adequate for their purpose.
The guided tour round the house was utterly excellent. We were a small party, lead by a well informed lady called Marilyn.It was highly enjoyable, relaxed and full of insights and stories.
We could wander in the ground and walk down to the river. We ended up chatting to our fellow visitors and were all of a mind that it was a wonderful visit.
Romsey is on the doorstep, with plenty of teashops etc. We did not have to exit through a souvenir shop selling expensive kitsch or pot pourri...for which we were very grateful.
Please do not be put off by ungrateful whinges.
Broadlands is certainly worth a visit!
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