My partner and I visited in September just before they closed for the Winter, as a friend had been many years ago and raved about it.
I liked the idea of a guided tour, unfortunately the gentleman who took us round, though he clearly knew a great deal about the place, told us as much about himself as he did about the house and family. As a gay couple, we were not particularly happy about his homophobic digs at Noel Coward. What we saw of the house was very interesting but I was sorry that, as the guide said, her ladyship did not see fit to have a lift installed so that disabled people could see the upstairs, therefore nobody was allowed upstairs. Many reviewers have commented that the place is not visitor friendly and this is certainly the case. What is the minimum that they have to do to ensure that they get restoration grants, I wonder? It is worth a visit certainly and, I guess, £8 is a reasonable price but I would recommend a trip into Romsey as well, as the town is well worth a visit, especially King John's house.