Family eating in the stables courtyard

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The Stables Courtyard houses the Coach House Gallery where visitors can enjoy a changing programme of special exhibitions. It is also the focus for many family visits with its access to the Woodland Playground and family-friendly Treaterie.

A view of the stables from 1904.

The building was designed by the same architect who designed the Manor, this time in a French 17th-century style. The complex now houses a café, shop and the Coach House gallery. In the centre of the courtyard is a bronze horse by Edgar Boehm, believed to be the Duke of Wellington’s charger, Copenhagen.

Places to eat


The Stables Hatch

The Hatch, a kiosk in the courtyard serves hot drinks, snacks and lunches.

There is outdoor and indoor seating at the Stables


The Treaterie

The perfect place for a treat. A child friendly space located in the Stables courtyard with plenty of seating outside.

Family walking dog in grounds

Bringing your dog

Dogs are allowed anywhere in the grounds except for the Aviary and Woodland Playground.

Stick to our doggy do's and dont's

Woodland Playground

Our Woodland Playground near the Stables winds through the trees, making the most of the natural environment to create a magical area to play.

There’s something for everyone up to the age of 14 in our playground. Little ones can play in safety at the bottom of the hill, with seesaws, swings and plenty of soft bark to land on. At the top of the hill is our bird’s nest swing and older children can whizz down a giant contour slide, or clamber over the climbing frames.

Useful to know

  • our shuttle bus stops at the Stables on its circular route. Stay on the bus after the Fountains stop to reach the Stables and wait here to be picked up to go back to the car park or back up to the house. Bus tickets should be booked in advance with grounds tickets
  • baby-changing and feeding facilities can be found at the Stables
  • breast feeding is welcomed anywhere on site
  • high-chairs are available at Stables café (currently closed)
  • under fives can bring small bicycles into the grounds but please keep to the pathways. These can be taken on our visitor shuttle buses

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