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“No fault with Forty Hall”

Forty Hall & Estate
Reviewed July 1, 2014

Known from my childhood it is the first time I have returned in a couple of decades and was pleased to see the changes that have taken place.

There is a lovely little stately home, now restored to something like its original state and now with the stable block restored as a cafe with a nice enclosed courtyard.

There is a walled garden to the rear of the house and parklands to the front, where the ornamental lake (now undergoing restoration lies).

Across the estate road are wide meadows which lead down to the Turkey Brook and Maidens Bridge the locally reputed location of Sir Walter Raleigh laying down his cloak for Queen Elizabeth to walk over to keep her feet dry. Under the meadows lies the site of the Tudor Elsyng Palace. These are great areas for walking and letting kids run around free from traffic.

The real beauty of this place is that admission is totally free!

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

Forty hall is wonderful little mansion house on 3 floors. It’s the kind of place I love , things to toach and get involved with . In the Kitchen there is a few things to do and all the way through the house there is many costumes to try one which I loved . I am not a kid but love being a big kid and dressing up , good chance for fun photo opportunities . If you’re brave enough try on their famous "Elephant and Castle " Costume and see what it would of been like to become the elephant in a 1600's lords mayors show . Along the way you will discover about the owner of the manor and also about the famous gardeners mansion next door related to Camila . It also has a fantastic cafe/restaurant with a nice seating area perfect for a hot day .The grounds are all really nice with a walk around a lake . The best thing about this place is that its totally free .

1  Thank Toby M
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

If you can see pass all the work currently going on in the grounds the Hall is a delightful place to visit. Currently there is a very interesting exhibition of E A Bowles (a master plantsman) paintings and life history. He lived nearby in Myddelton House which is now the HQ of Lee Valley Park. The Hall has been renovated and apparently, for those who can remember it back in the 1960s, it looks wonderful! It has been taken back to Tudor times, there is a replica oak staircase, kitchen area etc.. I thought it was very children-friendly and educational. The staff were helpful and friendly. Enfield council's park team have done a good job on the walled garden and I hear there is a very active team of local volunteers - well done! We will return once all the work on the grounds has been completed. Just one thing bothered us though...the car park looked like it was for workmen only, people were driving past it. It could do with proper signage.

Thank PurpleBrolly
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

Fabulous because the gardens are a joy to behold
Fabulous because the house is a delight to visit
Fabulous because climbing the house staircase is quite a regal experience
Fabulous because we had coffee cake and tea in the gardens afterwards
Fabulous because the sun was shining

Thank Stephanie G
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

We went to Forty Hall on the May Bank Holiday and it was very busy. We had lunch in the cafe, good coffee and a freshly made tuna sandwich before touring the house and gardens, returning to have tea with home-made scones and jam (also home made) which were delicious. The atmosphere was individual and relaxed and most of the food seems to be made on the premises. The queue was slow -- perhaps drinks could also be served from the separate serving window for ice creams?

Thank Richard H
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