Several rooms previously unopened to the public have been transformed into a working conservation studio with free guided tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, volunteer numbers permitting.
Our working studio facilitates and exhibits conservation efforts so the public can observe "conservation in action".
The studio is located in the upstairs rooms on the east side’s second floor. Flat 8 had been previously used as a residence for house staff and during William Blathwayt’s occupation an apartment for his sons.
The studio is to be a permanent feature and will serve as an area for staff and volunteers to conduct conservation work and for the storage of collections of house objects and materials. The studio will also allow storage of conservation tools and resources, creating a more efficient space for work.
The tours aim to provide great a great experience for visitors to observe, learn and experience conservation efforts in front of them.
Tea and hot chocolate tasting
As well as the conservation studio tours there will be 17th century style tea tasting in the house in September and you can experience what hot chocolate would have tasted like in the late 1600s in October.
Guided tours will also continue for the garden and parkland this season.
There are twice daily tours of the parkland when you can learn about the herd of fallow deer and the ancient parkland.
Garden tours will include tips on what's flowering right now and you'll get to see the highlights of the season.