I have the original V&A guidebook from about 20 years ago, it is superb. The National Trust Guidebook is basic and shows no empathy with the house, which is a true treasure. The National Trust's very basic approach and lack of feeling for the great treasures they are responsible for makes me weep. Alan Bennett's PEOPLE hit the nail on the head and this Guidebook is a very good example of their ability to make things look boring. Anyone I have met who have given their houses to the National Trust always regret it.