We went somewhere else that morning and it took longer to get to the house than we thought, but we made it just in time for the last tour of the day! The inside of the house was amazing. I wish I'd been able to take pictures of it. The library was one of the coolest I have ever seen - it fit so well with what I wanted in my book.
The war displays were really interesting. Several members of the family served in WWI. During WWII, Royal Air Force officers lived in the house, which was also used for storing and supplying ammunition and bombs to nearby airfields. Several of the rooms used by the RAF have been left exactly as they were back then.
front gates - the road used to come up to the house from here
We talked to them about my book and they gave me some great pointers on writing a story set in England. For example, they told me that no one asks if you want a cup of tea over there; they simply say, "I'll make you a nice cup of tea." And everyone in England talks about the weather. It was well worth the drive and time to see this gem - and find my hero a proper English country house for a home. :)
What do you think of English country houses? Would you rather live in one of them or a brand-new house/apartment?