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What is your favourite National Trust property?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Lascarina, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    And what do you like, or dislike, about the National Trust?
  2. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Haven't been for decades! But now you mention it - Baddesley Clinton? The moat?


    Stokesay? Coz it's like a castle an' evryfink.


    Plas Newydd? Ladies of Llangollen. Nudge nudge wink wink.
  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Hardwick Hall. It's an absolute gem.
  4. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I like their bits of the Pembrokeshire Coast, especially Marloes Sands

    I dislike their admission prices for stately piles. They're obviously a very wealthy organisation who charge a subscription fee and target their shop stock at fairly well-off people, but they rely heavily on unpaid volunteers. That doesn't seem right.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2016
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  5. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

  6. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Probably Lydford Gorge.

    Dislike their membership prices, particularly prices for life membership, and the fact that NT and English Heritage should combine but haven't.
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  7. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    [​IMG] I love the autumn colours at Sheffield Park Gardens.

    I agree with Middly about Hardwick Hall, It is indeed a knockout and I love the smell of the rushes all over the floors
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  8. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    They are expensive but they seem to be opening more places through the winter lately. And they usually have good tearooms.
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  9. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    We go to Charlecote A LOT for a stroll and a cup of tea. Baddesley Clinton is small and lovely - happy memories of the time we took our granddaughter - she loved it "There's a shop grandma!" Hidcote is also lovely. We're members atm and probably will keep it up - for the tearooms if nothing else.
  10. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    The shops are good. The tickets are expensive. Very good points by @nomad and @magic surf bus.

    To whit: volunteers and combining with English Heritage.

    Chirk. And so close to the Pontcysyllte.

    And Coughton Court. Just because it's a stone's throw from here really.

    And Hill Top. Because of Peter Rabbit.
  11. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    I looked into volunteering at Hardwick Hall as it's near where I live although they didn't need anybody and I ended up doing something else. I would have been happy to work as an unpaid guide (especially if I got to dress up) but I noticed that the tearooms at NT properties are also run by volunteers. I think cooking and serving in a café should be paid work even if only minimum wage.
  12. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I didn't know that! And it makes me wonder why the Trust is spending millions on building a replica of Clandon, the property that was gutted recently by fire.
  13. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    That's near me.

    I love Chartwell, Churchills old home. When we visited I walked into his study and I was the only person in there. I could feel the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

    The only things I hate about the NT is that they don't allow dogs into their gardens. Also just a bit expensive. That's why we have Scottish membership but live in England. Much cheaper.

    We are also members of Historic Houses Association and they are good value for money.
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  14. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    So could I do that, Jamie?
  15. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    I thought that the room guides were volunteers but cafe and shop staff were paid.
  16. Jesmond12

    Jesmond12 Star commenter

    Yes you can, just go on the Scottish NT website.
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  17. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Anything they have in the Lake District...

    I mean the land, not properties.

    Easter roll on! Four nights in Keswick wooo!!! [excited!]
  18. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    We've got Scottish membership... parents got us it for XMas via their Scottish address.
  19. RedQuilt

    RedQuilt Star commenter

    Ham House is probably my favourite but Stourhead is lovely too. I've been to so many, from the Lake District all the way down to Cornwall, that I find it hard to choose an absolute favourite.
  20. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    The membership's too much for us.

    Mr F's cousin is a volunteer, clearing ditches, gardening, chopping logs etc. He said it was a real mission to get taken on and took ages.

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