Open weekends, Sat-Sun
7 Jan-19 Mar 2017
Reopens 22 March 2017
until 29 Oct 2017
You can pre-book or buy tickets on arrival, booking recommended for house visits (incl National Trust members)
Putting the house to bed video
In winter we ‘put the house to bed’ and the rooms are closed for deep cleaning and conservation. The statues in the grounds are wrapped to prevent frost damage. See what’s involved in our winter clean.
The house reopens on 22 March.
The elephant automaton was one of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild’s most admired treasures. It was mentioned in a local newspaper report of 1889 describing the visit of the Shah of Persia, who asked to see the mechanism perform again and again.