The coach drove up the long drive way and took us right to the front door, where we were met by a guide who told us about our visit.
No photos are allowed to be taken inside the house, which is a pity, because it was lovely. The rooms were not massive like some of the houses I have visited. There were signs to show which rooms were used for the programme - I am looking forward to watching it in the Autumn when the new series starts.
The grounds and gardens were designed by Capability Brown and the 1st Earl of Canarvon. Lots of trees and lawns, bet they take some mowing!
This old wall was quite lovely, with roses climbing up and a massive bed of penstamom.
A view of the house from below the wild flower meadow (saves on mowing)
The house framed by two trees.
This arched wall divided the lawns from the Monks garden, beyond this is the secret garden. This was where they filmed The Secret Garden.
The most interesting part for me was the Egyptian Exhibition. This is in the old servants area, downstairs. The 5th Earl travelled to Egypt and in 1922 discovered the Tomb of Tutankhamun. There were lots of real treasures on display and some replicas.
The story of his travels was displayed along with some of his personal possessions.