At last I can tell you our big secret – Wordsworth House and Garden is one of the stars of a major new behind-the-scenes ITV series showing over the autumn and winter.
The 20-part programme, Inside the National Trust, presented by Michael Buerk and featuring six National Trust properties, will be on ITV1 every Sunday at 12.25pm from October 6.
In each episode, Michael uncovers hidden secrets about the places he visits and learns new skills.
At Wordsworth House and Garden, he experiences late 18th-century life at first hand, spending time as an apprentice manservant, with my friends the costumed servants, and with my boss, Amanda, as a trainee gardener.
The tasks he tackles include preparing strawberry fritters in front of dozens of people in the working kitchen, making liquid soap with soapwort from the garden, giving an impromptu garden tour, taking part in a “jingling match”, and getting wigged and made up as a Georgian dandy.
The results caused much hilarity among visitors, staff and volunteers – why not tune in and see for yourself?