Bowood House and Gardens, Derry Hill

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  • We arrived in a massive coach with a party of 50 people to be welcomed with smiles, a cup of tea and delicious home-made biscuits. We had done a recce beforehand and Debbie, who handles groups with ta...  more »
  • Had a brilliant day out with the kids thanks to my mum and sister! Kids made a friend in the soft play area a little boy called KIA? Who they would like to meet up with again!  more »
  • After reading some of the reviews I had minor reservations about Bowood House; I wondered if the trip would be good value for money with four adults and two children under four years. Despite all my r...  more »
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  • I went to Boxwood with my kids on a reasonably weather day in the summer hols with young kids. I'd heard the adventure playground was good but wasn't expecting the kids to be solidly entertained for 7 hrs straight. Great place. The vertical extent of the adventure playground is amazing - the height of the slides are the difference and the "Slide of death" where kids initially drop vertically is under cover and hilarious to watch. Unfortunately the grass around the area gets waterlogged so here is a top tip - pack spare clothes and lots of spare socks. Loads of space for picnics, a ball pit, a soft play, huge boat swings, a toddler balance area and a coffee stall on tap with moderate pricing. There is even a stately home, walks and tractor farm but we did none of these in the 7 hrs we spent there. It cost £30 for the three of us (season ticket worth while for 4+ visits in a year). Worth every penny, especially since picnics are an option.
  • Great place for a stroll, interesting house, a cascade (which can also be accessed through a cave, for added excitement), and a fab adventure playground (which is for under twelves but adults can accompany little ones). At nearly £40 for a family of four I think it is a little steep, but take a picnic and make a day of it. Most is wheelchair accessible, but not the cascade or upper floors of the house. Also when we visited (15/10/17) a large section of path had been dug up and the diversion was across ground that would be unsuited to wheelchair users.
  • Spent a lovely afternoon at Bowood House today. We enjoyed the walk around the garden and Lake. I can only imagine how stunning the gardens can be in spring and summer. The house was very interesting and staff were all pleasant especially Barbara who spent time telling us in more detail about the house and the family history. We will definitely be back.
  • Visited the Country Fair at Bowood house which is a big outdoor event run at least once a year. Great weather helped this be so successful. Not cheap, but value for money considering the number of events happening. Entrance to the fair does not provide access to the house and gardens, which are well worth a visit on their own. Huge adventure playground for the kids is a big draw.
  • Definitely five stars for this one, I never seen such immaculately cut lawns and acres of it. This place caters for both young and old with a large playground for the children to play in and a nice relaxing garden terrace for the older ones to enjoy. There are plenty of pathways around the Lancelot “Capability” Brown designed estate and a large lake to walk around. The house has a large collection of paintings and documents from the family collection, a chapel, sculpture gallery and exhibition rooms.

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