I almost forgot to show you our visit to Audley End House near Saffron Walden in Essex. We called on our way home from Kent. Yet another place ticked off my list!
The house was a lot older than I imagined it would be. Apparently it used to be about 4 times bigger too! We had a guided tour around the house which was great - no photos allowed though. They have a huge collection of stuffed birds. In the Victorian era they were collectors pieces and you could send for them flat packed from all corners of the earth and then you got your own taxidermist to stuff them!
You were allowed to take photos in the kitchens and servants quarters though.
They have lovely formal gardens and a great organic kitchen garden.
It is looked after by English Heritage and well worth a look in if you are passing.