We went for the swan automaton but were completely overwhelmed by the scale of the Bowes Museum, which there is no chance of missing.
Its builders loved to collect and were childless. Their life mission became to create a museum to house their collection. Which indeed they did.
Notable for me, there are a couple of Canalettos in the collection. But I left feeling quite ill. Victoriana can do that to me. Yes, really, architecture can make me feel ill (or joyful).
So not a house that was ever a home, which I didn’t appreciate before visiting. But at least it took us to Rokeby Park!
When visited: July 2014