Hamish visited in March 2009. He was welcome in the grounds, including a sheltered area with tables near the tea rooms (but not Parterre gardens) and the Victorian service yard and its buildings. Dogs are not permitted in the main house. We all enjoyed coffee in the sun before one director went on a guided tour of the house whilst the other, with Hamish, looked around the service yard. The latter is made up of a laundry, dairy and kitchen set in the Victorian period. Each area is provided with a video story as well as period exhibits. Outside in the yard are two game larders and a coal shed. Hamish was interested – he would have been more so if the hanging game were real! We encountered several staff on our tour – as ever in our experience of English Heritage people - they we all helpful, interested in Hamish and interesting to speak with. The grounds are large – we only saw a small section and, if we’d had more time, would have liked to explore the two bridges, WW II pillbox, pond and Temple of Concord … another time maybe?
Audley End House and Gardens
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DogPeople Says : Audley End House and Gardens
1 mile West of Saffron Walden on B1383 (M11 exits 8 or 10) (OS Map 154; ref TL 525382). Parking 200m from entrance.
Audley End house & Gardens is one of England’s grandest stately homes. Perfect for a stroll with your dog, you can wander around the 19th century parterre with its stunning floral display, enjoy a picnic or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful grounds of Audley End.
Check the English Heritage website for details.
Dogs on leads are welcome at Audley End House. Please note that restrictions may apply to certain areas of the site.
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