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Muddy goes to Greys Court, Henley

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Yes yes, I know I wrote about bluebells recently, but there’s only one week-ish left to see these incredible displays and I don’t want you to miss it.

These pictures come from Greys Court, the National Trust manor house just outside Henley and close to Stonor, Bix and all those gorgeous viewy-walky villages. I thought the Harcourt Arboretum was impressive when I went a few weeks back, but this place knocks it out of the water for the sheer scale of the bluebell woods. You can see them from half a mile off, winking royally at you.

 

The walk itself is either a toddler friendly 750 metres (roughly speaking, I didn’t bring my tape measure) or a more stretchy 2-3k depending on how you’re feeling and you can access the woods from the car park or via the house gardens.

I mean, come on, look at this!

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Right, that’s enough bluebelling from me.

What else to tell you? Well, the house itself is lovely from the outside, a picturesque 16th mansion with gardens that still show their medieval origins.
There are timed visits through the house itself and I was definitely keen, but you can see the weather from the pics – it was too beautiful a day to be indoors, so we wandered around the gardens instead.

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There’s quite a bit to occupy gardeners, couples and kids here (teenagers? You’ll have to make the call on that one). There’s a lovely simple take on the maze – basically it’s an ‘open’ one with swirling brick path instead of hedges, which you – for you of course are an engaged, interested parent! – can run around with your kids trying to make it into middle. Or, um, do as I do and goad them on from the sidelines.

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Then just a couple of metres away is a little bridge that takes you across to a sheltered castle, with slide, trees to climb, giant jenga and dressing up gear. All very charming.

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I didn’t make it to the the Great Tower from the 1100s or the rare Tudor donkey wheel (in use until the 20th century) but you’re getting the picture here – there’s plenty to do.

On the nibbles side of things, for ’tis no secret I’m a bit piggy, here’s an above average National Trust cafe with some funky branding going on.

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Outside there’s a pretty courtyard area with maybe 7-8 tables outside, but on sunny days it’s understandably pretty busy.

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If it’s supershiny, I’d definitely recommend a picnic as an alternative to queuing up for 10 minutes – there are load of lovely picnic spots and it’s quite the done thing at Greys Court by the looks of it. The view below is typical and just gorgeous.

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It’s the sort of place you can spend all day, or if you want to combine it with something else, come for a morning and zip off to The Quince Tree (Stonor), The Five Horseshoes (Maidensgrove), or for something a bit more chichi Orwells in Shiplake.

What’s that I hear you say? Where’s the Greys Court loo shot? Just to finish up then, because let’s be honest, knitted bunting is worth a blog post in its own right.

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5 comments on “Muddy goes to Greys Court, Henley”

  • Nicola Metcalfe May 14, 2014

    Incase you don’t know, Greys Court hosts the National Trust ‘Big Harvest’ weekend in September, a super event with morris dancing and local stalls selling all sorts of goodies!!

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    • muddystiletto May 14, 2014

      Ah indeedy? Thanks for letting me know x

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  • Debra Rhodes April 20, 2017

    Sadly The Quince Tree at Stonor is closed…… or at least it was up to a couple of weeks ago when I tried to go!! Don’t know what’s happened there…. shame!

    Love your bluebells photos…. I’m a huge fan!!
    My signature Birthday time! I’m on Sat 22nd April!

    Going to venture to Greys Court as my usual stop is Cowsleaze Woods which are wonderful!

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    • muddystiletto April 20, 2017

      Hi Debra, I know it’s so sad! That feature is from 2014! I’ll amend the copy on it so that it stays relevant. Thanks for pointing it out. Hero x

      Reply

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