The house was originally a 13th-century castle but was altered five centuries later by a German architect. It ended up destroyed by a fire in 1974 until it was renovated in 1996.
The gardens were recently voted No.3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National Geographic. They were designed from 1731 onwards, with the desire to create a garden which was part of the wider surrounding landscape. Nowadays, the state is owned and run by the Slazenger family.
We arrived there at 10.15am. First, we went up the Pepperpot Tower to see a small part of the gardens from a better view. Then, we went straight to the Japanese Garden which was beautiful. After that, we visited the pet cemetery.
Finally, we spent half an hour rolling down a hill. We had a really good time.