We visited this National Trust property today for the second time - this time without our dog, as there is not much of the grounds open to dogs, only the parkland which was mostly longish wet grass when we visited before!
Today, we took the opportunity to go into the house itself. Lots of rooms open on the ground floor - Great Hall, dining room, billiards room, morning room, drawing room, library. Stewards in each room, who were happy to explain things to us. There was an introductory DVD to watch, but we didn't see that as there were several people in there already. A lot of the house was heavily renovated about 10 years ago, so the colours are very fresh.
We then went to the restautrant for lunch (back at the entrance a few hundred yards away) for a tasty gluten-free soup and roll, before walking back past the house to explore as much of the "Garden in the Woods" as we could today - some of it is closed for larch felling or to let the turf paths recover during the winter months. What we saw was beautiful, though, with lots of autumn colour and some willow sculptures dotted around. None of this area is open to dogs, which we thought was rather a shame.