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Croome
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Expect the unexpected. Incredible innovation, devastating loss, remarkable survival and magnificent restoration. All in one place There’s more than meets the eye at Croome. A secret wartime airbase, now a visitor centre, was once a hub of activity for thousands of people. Outside is the grandest of English landscapes, ‘Capability’ Brown’s masterful first commission, with commanding views over the Malverns. The parkland was nearly lost, but is now great for walks and adventures with a surprise around every corner. At the heart of the park lies Croome Court, once home to the Earls of Coventry with four floors to explore. The 6th Earl of Coventry was an 18th century trend-setter and today Croome follows his lead by using artists and craftspeople in the house to tell the story of its eclectic past in inventive ways, perfect for making new discoveries.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Third trip in perhaps 20 years and the parkland is maturing wonderfully, the wild meadows are beautiful with wide paths cut through them to stroll along. The house is fantastic, with bits of decay, bits of strange developments from the 1980's and 90's along with stories from the war and just after. The Red Wing is fascinating and i love the crumbling, dusty, faded mystery of it all. The Gold Box was a delight as were the room guides with a special thank you to 'Bob' who gave us a tour of bedrooms and a rapid 2 person visit to the Red Wing. So much to see and do.

Thank CllrJohn
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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 Marie J
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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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