When you think about stately homes, Althorp House probably isn’t one that would immediately spring to mind. However, it is a lovely way to spend a morning or afternoon.

It is smaller than places such as Blenheim Palace or Chatsworth, but this gives it a lovely, welcoming feel.

The staff are extremely friendly and go out of their way to be helpful. It’s about a five minute walk from the drive to the house, but there is a shuttlebus to take wheelchair users and the elderly. Although there is no wheelchair access to the upper floors of the house, access around the rest of the house and grounds is good.

The house is beautifully decorated inside, and in good weather you can enjoy a walk around the lake to see the monument built in memory of the late Princess Diana.

It is only open to the public in July and August, so bear this in mind when you plan a visit.

For tour planning, or to book a Blue Badge Tourist Guide, visit www.iabtours.com