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Grand designs

Wimpole Hall is a magnificent country house, part of the grandest working estate in Cambridgeshire.

The house looks out over the two and a half mile grand avenue of trees and, inside, the state and private rooms show how the last owner, Mrs Elsie Bambridge (Rudyard Kipling’s daughter), tried to restore this once neglected house to its former glory.

The house, landscaped park and Home Farm were created by the greatest names of their day in architecture and landscape design. Discover the beautiful and unexpected Georgian interiors of Gibbs, Thornhill and Soane, contrasting with the more intimate rooms of Elise Bambridge, and the intriguing insight into life below stairs. Visitors can still meet the servants on certain days in the school holidays, so you might be reprimanded by the butler and his staff when laying the table!

Stroll around the colourful parterre garden and wander through the Pleasure Grounds to explore the atmospheric working walled kitchen garden. See how food production has changed over the past 200 years. Wimpole’s famous walled garden now produces delicious fresh fruit and vegetables for the restaurant, so you might just taste them for lunch. Wrapped around the perimeter of the walled garden is a traditional orchard, plus the National Collection of Juglans (walnuts) and a beautiful herbaceous border tucked under the warm red brick wall.

Just a few minutes walk from the house (or a Shire-drawn wagon ride) is Wimpole Home Farm where you can meet our wide range of rare breed sheep, goats, cattle, pigs and horses. There are lots of activities to enjoy - from grooming the donkeys, feeding the goats, to watching the daily milking demonstration and animal bath time in the summer. Hidden amongst the trees, there is an adventure playground, with a kidbine harvester and pedal tractors in front of the farm café.

Wimpole Hall & Home Farm
Arrington, Royston, Cambs SG8 0BW
Telephone 01223 206000
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www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole