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“A great day out considering the weather”
Review of Ascott House

Ascott House
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Completed the Easter egg hunt over the easter weekend and the children had a wonderful time. The Gardens are amazing and wonder how 4 gardens manage to keep everything so well maintained.

Parking facilities have been upgraded and improved however, the weekend rain made things difficult for the staff. The lady in the yellow jacket was wonderful and welcoming assisting with my disabled mother.

Understandably the weather ment the Lynn Gardens/teletubby land were not accessible but we will visit again when the weather is better and the gardens are in full bloom.

There was not a park for children but plenty for them to explore. The tea room was lovely and the pre booked afternoon tea is well worth it and good value for money. The homemade cakes were exquisite.

That said coffee from the kiosk was not great for what you pay. It's early in the season so hopefully the tea room staff can improve their level of service; a few too many jobs worth.

This NT site is new to the enterprises it has incorporated and understand they are going through a learning curve to get its hospitality standards consistent with other NT sites.

May be an idea to restrict visitor numbers!?

3  Thank GlobeTrotter7001
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

Waterlogged grounds with a lot of restrictions i.e. Keep off the grass, no entry. Very muddy and slippy underfoot after all the rain. A pleasant enough stroll for the able bodied and the house was interesting but I'm glad we were National Trust members and did not pay for the experience. The attraction might be a better choice on a summers day.

Thank mrsg2017
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

We have visited Ascott House before, but only seen the gardens, which are lovely on a fine day. However, as it was wet, we just went into the house - what a disappointment! We are in the National Trust, so thankfully didn't pay for entry. There are 4 rooms and a corridor open to the public, none of which are at all inspiring. Although there are lots oft great paintings, we couldn't look at them properly as they're hung in a way which means that the light reflected on them, and we were unable to stand around them and talk about the interesting little scenes with the children.
The café was also terrible! It was incredibly over-priced, the scones were dry and the hot chocolate was lukewarm. A real shame.
It's worth coming to see the garden in the summer if you're already in the NT, although I wouldn't pay to see it. And forget the house - very uninspiring, with nothing to engage the children...or adults for that matter. And not even worth it for the café...

4  Thank Ruth H
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Reviewed March 29, 2018

A great architectural example of the period. Externally beautiful but inside is a little bland. The grounds are the prize for this property, stunning views over Aylesbury Vale and lots of garden design and architecture.

2  Thank Widlydidly
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Reviewed March 29, 2018 via mobile

This NT house is well worth visiting. The stafff and room guides were very helpful and knowledgeable.
We were particularly interested in the paintings by many famous artists and in particular Stubbs.
There is a considerable amount of Chinese pottery covering many dynasties.
On our visit the parking was difficult as the field was very wet and slippery- I imagine our experience was rare.

Thank Tony L
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