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Review of Broadlands

Ranked #7 of 17 things to do in Romsey
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Owner description: Built in 1767, this stately and magnificent home of Lord Mountbatten contains an extensive portrait collection, elegant furnishings and china collections.
Reviewed October 2, 2013

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.

13  Thank Freelance60
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Having wanted to visit Broadlands for many years and never quite being near at an opening time I finally made it on 12 August - and what a disappointment! Our lady guide was pleasant enough but totally bland, reading from notes and not having a 'feel' for the job at all. Any questions asked of her were deflected - she clearly did not have a good knowledge nor an understanding of her subject. Very disappointing content and delivery. Beautiful views down to the River Test but otherwise the gardens and grounds were very average. I left with the feeling that I was only there under sufferance - and to help with tax relief.

7  Thank una m
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

This house is the home of Lady Romsey & the former home of Lord Mountbatten. It has the feeling of a real home & there is much of interest & beauty to see. Our voluntary guide was so enthusiastic & informative.
It is disappointing that there is no cafe & the house is only open for a limited time, during limited times of the year as it must fit into Lady Romsey's daily schedule. There is more to see, but it is not all open to the public. We could see more during the time of Lord Mountbatten.

7  Thank Janet S
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Did I not read tripavisor reviews before going there? Well basically it has all been said. However I will try and add to it all. My wife had long since told me what an interesting place this was as she had visited 25 years ago. Given we live 30 mins away thought it would be a good idea to see it. Now, this is where the fun starts, Yes portaloos in car park and long walk to the house, vibe wasn't good! Paid £8 each to be told we were on guided tour. There were six of us in our little party plus the guide (female). Well the guide, was totally clueless, I cannot stress enough how boring she was, all rather sad, i guess she did her best but what on earth possessed this lady to think she could be a tour guide beats me. I learned afterwards that all the staff are volunteers, which brings me to my next point, what

14  Thank ebbcourt
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

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!

7  Thank ArchbishopJ
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