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Holker Hall or Castle Howard--which grand estate/garden experience?

We will be in the Lake District for part of our trip and later in York.
I'd like to tour a grand estate, really am more interested in the gardens than the building, though often the artwork is an attraction.

I'd appreciate suggestions, tips. Thanks.

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I haven't been to Holker Hall, and looking at their website I don't think I want to.
Castle Howard is sublimely grand, known more so for its landscape setting than formal gardens.