A picturesque, 16th century manor house with a colourful patchwork of walled gardens, intimate family rooms to look round, and activities to entertain children.
Greys Court is a National Trust manor house just outside of Henley and close to Stonor. Beside the picturesque 16th-century mansion is a series of walled gardens, which have their origins in the medieval period.
In its long history spanning from a Tudor show house to 20th-century family home, Greys Court has only been inhabited by five families. The result today is a charming mismatch of styles, offering glimmers of past tastes and varying fortunes. The rooms are small and intimate, which means that on busy days the visiting is reduced to timed tickets.
As well as the welcoming main house, visitors can admire the 14th-century Great Tower and a rare Tudor donkey wheel, in use until the early 20th century. Tea and cake can be bought from the lovely (though often busy) café, which uses produce from the organic kitchen garden.
The gardens are worth a visit in themselves: arguably the best bluebells in Oxfordshire during the season and full of picturesque picnic-ing spots. Kids will enjoy navigating the flat brick maze, clambering the little wooden castle, knocking over giant jenga, or larking about with the dress-up gear.
Greys Court Farm Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG
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