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title:Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England

title:Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England

author:Susan Robson
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/travel_and_leisure/article_1853.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:20
category:travel_and_leisure
article:

Greys Court is a picturesque Jacobean House situated between Henley and Wallingford in Oxfordshire nestling in a tranquil hillside on the edge of the Chilterns. Although not a large house it is fascinating to look around, some rooms contain some 18th century plasterwork and there are also some fine collections of furniture, pictures and porcelain. Until very recently it was still occupied by the Brunner family who bought it in 1937. It has a beautiful courtyard and a tower surviving from 1347.
The estate extends to 300 acres of beech woods and sheep grazed pasture surrounding the house. The outbuildings include a rare Tudor wheelhouse and donkey wheel which is the largest surviving example of its kind. The enchanting walled gardens have stunning displays of old fashioned roses, bluebells, wisteria, peonies and cherry blossom depending on the time of year. The extensive vegetable garden is also well worth a visit. Make sure you don’t miss the door to the very unusual brick maze which children find particularly fascinating. And last but not least must be a visit to the tea room with a range of delicious home made cakes and biscuits.
The house is now managed by the National Trust and only open on certain days so it is best to check times before visiting.
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