I discovered that we were staying very close to the National Trust property at Tyntesfield - and so we scheduled a visit on Saturday morning. All I can say is WOW!!
The estate was lived in until the last occupant passed away in 2001. He left the property to 19 of his relatives - none of whom could afford to buy the others out, and so they put it up for sale. It had been on a list of properties that the National Trust had wanted to own - mainly because the family had never thrown anything away. The trust raised a lot of money in a short space of time, and now the property is preserved just as it was.