This had been recommended to us as a FREE day out and yesterday the girls and I finally made a trip. It really is lovely and gave me a bit of an English country estate fix! We didn't visit the house itself (admission prices apply) but made the most of the wonderful gardens and childrens literary trail (free map available from the house reception). The gardens are very pretty at the moment so take a picnic along and enjoy. Also nice cafe with outdoor terrace with views over gardens, city and to the ocean in the distance.