On Sunday, we decided to break our journey home with a visit to Knole. It was a spur-of-the-moment visit, so I hadn't done any research and had no idea what to expect. It turned out to be a lovely place and we will definitely take Paula and Cal there when they visit next month.
We began our visit with a walk through the medieval deer park. It was such fun to see the deer up close.
The littlies enjoyed messing around in the forest den (a feature of most wooded areas we've walked through here in the UK)
We then wandered up to the cafe, where we had a lovely lunch. Most of the National Trust places we have visited have had really good quality, reasonably priced meals available.
After lunch we took a wander around the 600 year old estate buildings, which were originally built as an archbishop's palace. We didn't do an in-depth tour of all the rooms as we had the grandchildren with us, next time we'll definitely wander through more of the showrooms. We absolutely loved what we did see. So beautiful!
Knole is definitely one of the most child-friendly estates we have visited, with loads of hands-on features for the grandchildren to fiddle with.
The children were encouraged to touch the displays in the estate room above and there were even bits of paper and stamps provided for them to use.
We absolutely loved our visit to Knole and highly recommend it.