A magical place. Step through the ancient Gatehouse and into the 15th-century manor and marvel at the history, the atmosphere, the beauty. From the soaring Great Hall and panelled dining room to the colourful Gold Room and bedrooms – all is fascinating. Find an eclectic collection of period pieces and fabrics, stained glass, art, remarkable 15th-century wall paintings… Sit and soak up the past by wood fires in the richly furnished Hall or Winter Parlour; browse books on gardens, antiques, churches. The garden was laid out in the 1920s in the Arts & Crafts style by Colonel Cooper, and the Robbs have been creating new interest and restoring for decades. Said to be one of England’s best gardens, it has many unusual trees and plants; structure and repeat planting are key and each year there’s a new project. Off the 200-yard yew walk are a myriad of small romantic garden rooms; discover lakes and gunnera, a teardrop-shaped pond, river walk, herbaceous borders, old Kentucky bean tree, Paeonia mlokosewitschii (known as ‘Mollie-the-witch’), thousands of white tulips, a dramatic Walk of the Unicorn with a bronze-horned statue… Breakfast – out in an inner courtyard when sunny – includes artisan bread, homemade marmalade and eggs from the hens.