Unfortunately, we visited on January 28, the snowiest, coldest day of the year for North Carolina. Thank goodness there was a shuttle that took us right to the front door. The tour is well organized and self-guided and easy to keep up with. Great signage throughout the estate. We were lucky that it was not crowded, although the cold weather did make for a cold tour. We grabbed a quick lunch at the on-site restaurant inside the former stables -- it was well prepared, good food and friendly service. We topped our visit with a trek to the wine bar and enjoyed some wine to warm our bones! Definitely plan to return when the grounds are in bloom -- it was breathtakingly beautiful in the snow and we can only imagine the beauty of the gardens and grounds in warmer weather.