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Croome has my vote

This place wasn’t what I had expected, leaving the very busy carpark and following the path into... read more

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Graham H
Fascinating Property

Proposed to spend a half day here but a torrential downpour meant we had to wait half an hour to... read more

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All reviews raf museum national trust designed by capability brown the main house walled garden malvern hills well worth a visit restoration work modern art extensive grounds lovely grounds former glory lovely walk nt members second world war varied history stately home
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

We met here on a warm, sunny day and the car park was very busy but once you get in the grounds are so extensive you are not aware of other people so much. The café had a poor selection of sandwiches and cold food but lots of hot food and being such a warm day I suspect they had a run on the cold food. The grounds are very extensive with lovely views and long walks and the wild flowers are impressive. The grounds are great for families to enjoy with a picnic. The house is different and it is almost empty but still interesting. The church at the top of the hill is a beautiful building and the bells rang for a long time. The boy selling ice cream from a cart was a welcome sight. The RAF museum is interesting. We all enjoyed our visit to Croome and thought it wasn't as expensive as some NT properties.

Thank Sheilambutcher
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

First visit here and whilst I loved the grounds, the house was disappointing. There was lovely grounds including a lake to walk around, great place for families and to have a picnic. House looks great from the outside but was rather disappointed with the inside as most of it was really bare. We used the restaurant which was located in the basement and it was lovely, usual for a national trust place.

Thank mariej87
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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

Croome as a house offers little to the visitor unless like my partner they are interested in the bare bones. He rarely visits NT properties, doesn’t go in the houses when he does and becomes very irritated when bombarded with VR staff who try very hard to get him to join. He is an intelligent adult and can decide for himself if he wants to be a member. He can also read and multiply so doesn’t need someone with a calculator telling him what he will save!!!
That said the tea room was refreshing, different and outside the going in/paying bit so I suspect attracts people who just want a cuppa.
The aircraft museum was a surprise, a very good one and I am not that interested. Hubby got lost in the museum and for a total non joiner was very tempted to volunteer. We live probably 30 miles away so probably not practical.
The other surprise was the charge for the walled garden, not publicised till you got there!! Not good PR that as many disgruntled visitors turned back and tramped back up the hill with ill grace. If it is private and therefore charged then say so.
The grounds are extensive and on a cooler day I would have roamed further afield. There is a shuttle service which personally I try not to use as my legs can still do the walking.
I would recommend a picnic on busy days and Sundays as I suspect the tea room would struggle. NT food is much of a muchness these days much as the staff try hard to make it different.

1  Thank Margaret H
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

I visited Croome with family members who live nearby and I was very pleasantly surprised. Croome is a family orientated place where visitors can bring a picnic and sit outdoors, bring their dog for a walk and generally spend time outdoors. Once you pay your admission fee, you are in a museum that displays the history of the area, particularly the role the place played in WWII. The museum has quite a lot of information, photos and displays and to see it all would take over an hour. After visiting the museum, visitors can then take a walk (or a ride if unable to walk long distances) up to the chapel on the hill that overlooks a large meadow and the house itself. A nice walk through the field brings a visitor to the house. You enter through one side and are directed to walk through the house and learn of its history and uses over the years. Some of the views are stunning as is the architecture inside. There is a small cafe in the basement to provide refreshments if required and small snacks. Once out the other side of the house, visitors can wander through the meadow, over the small river or up the hill along the ha ha wall to a pergola and the secret garden. That is actually privately owned and visitors are required to pay an extra entrance fee for that area. All in all, a lovely way to spend a warm summer's afternoon. It does get busy on weekends.

Thank Patricia1209
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Reviewed 23 June 2018

This is another one of those great NT places - House, church, grounds, museum and great stories. The parkland is lovely to walk around and you can go through woodland, by a lake and along a river. The path is mainly clear - though one part near the periphery of the park was not clear and we ended up walking across a field to get back on track.
There is a private walled garden that can be visited when open. It costs an extra £5 to get in here (or on top of your NT membership entrance). This is well worth a visit and has lots of interesting features including a newly installed water management system. It is still a work in progress and we felt that £5 was a bit expensive for this.
The house has a great history. It goes back to 1751 and Earl Coventry commissioning 'Capability' Brown and Robert Adam to redesign Croome. Then there is its use as a secret wartime radar development base; as a school for disadvantaged boys; use by Hare Krishna devotees and more. Sadly the house is virtually devoid of furniture and the rooms only have exhibits, some photographs and art exhibitions. It is clearly yet to be fully restored and it would be great to see each room developed to reflect one aspect of the past history - perhaps that is the NT's long-term plan.

Thank Latin1954
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