Kingston Lacey

A very typical, but enjoyable, National Trust property near Wimborne. A grand old house with extensive gardens, it was home to the Bankes family for over 300 years.

I particularly liked the views over the garden from close to the main entrance.

Inside was the usual set of rooms and fittings, with some particularly intricate ceilings.

One of the family was a keen archeologist and gathered a number of items from Egypt, displayed downstairs, including an crocodile head.

The outside of the house was pretty impressive.

The gardens were extensive but not particularly memorable, other than a Japanese section, and more Egyptian artefacts. The stables were home to the usual collection of shops and facilities.

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