We've visited Denbies before and knew the Bolney Estate was much smaller, but I have to say we were pleasantly surprised.
Despite its production line being smaller it was considerably bigger than we'd anticipated. We arrived and were shown to a lovely area outside where we sat and sampled the Bolney Bubbly (which we ended up purchasing!).
Before the tour I popped to the loo and I have to agree with another reviewer here re: table layout in the cafe. The room was pretty much empty bar one table of guests who were seated by the loos. This in itself was not a problem but due to the positioning of the table and accompanying chairs I had to either squeeze myself past a dresser of cups and plates or inconvenience the guests at their table by getting them to move their chairs! Not ideal and made me feel like I was ruining their tea by doing so. Sure that's easy enough to solve though!
Our tour guide was a student from Plumpton college who was very knowledgeable and answered all of our silly queries with ease. At times it felt a little like she was trying to dazzle us with her acquired knowledge which she really needn't have done as she was great without that!
The wines were delicious and the cream teas looked lovely (sadly we couldn't stay for them!).
Don't go expecting an enormous estate. Go expecting a small, family run business with kind and helpful staff and you'll love it!
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