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Greys Court, nr Henley

A picturesque, 16th century manor house with a colourful patchwork of walled gardens, intimate family rooms to look round, and activities to entertain children.

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Hello, charming day out! Greys Court is a National Trust manor house just outside of Henley and close to Stonor, and its got character by the bucketload. A picturesque 16th-century mansion, the house shows its history through a sweet mismatch of styles — it’s only ever been inhabited by five families, spanning from Tudor show house to 20th century home, so reads as a display of past tastes and varying fortunes. Good to know: the rooms are small and intimate, which means that on busy days visiting is reduced to timed tickets.

As well as the welcoming main house, visitors can check out the 14th-century Great Tower and a rare Tudor donkey wheel, in use until the early 20th century. The series of pretty walled gardens have their origins in the medieval period, and the grounds are well-worth a visit in themselves, especially the courtyard filled with a gnarly old wisteria. Arguably, this is where you’ll find the best bluebell displays in Oxfordshire during the season; it’s not for nothing that Greys Court ranks on our eight best places to see spring flowers.

The place is positively chock-a-block with lovely picnic spots and has tonnes to entertain kids, too. They’ll love navigating the flat brick maze, clambering the little wooden castle, knocking over giant jenga, or larking about with the dress-up gear.

And for refreshment after all that good, wholesome fun? Tea and cake can be bought from the lovely (though often busy) café, which uses produce from the organic kitchen garden.

Greys Court Farm Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4PG
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greys-court
01491 628529

greyscourt@nationaltrust.org.uk

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