Grey’s Court is a beautiful Tudor family home maintained by National trust which has beautiful gardens in an idyllic setting. The house has featured in Downton Abbey (an episode in series three where it was known as Eryholme) as well as Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Midsomer Murders. There were sheep and baby lamb just before the entrance to the house and almost everyone was attracted to look at them before they headed towards the house.
The house is open on some days but you can still enjoy a walk in the delightful gardens including the Wisteria garden. Unfortunately, children’s play area, cherry garden and donkey wheel were closed, which was disappointing, but they had an easter trail running, which kept Ay occupied. I could see a maze on the map but we couldn’t find either, so I am assuming it was closed with the rest.
Luckily, I had gone in search of bluebells, and that part did not disappoint! The Spinney woods floor was full of blue and purple bluebells. There are well marked-out paths to follow, which is great so you do not damage the bluebells but get close enough to get your perfect photo. As you walk through paths, you can actually smell the beautiful scent too. Two reasonably sized tree barks in the middle of the woods attracted all the children as they climbed up on them. There were magnifying glasses next to this mark (for the easter trail) which they all loved. Ay peeped through almost anything he could get his hands on- into the holes in the tree stumps, looking for bugs on the floor, the size of his hands, the “bells” of the bluebells!
The remains of 14th-century medieval ruins form the walled gardens around Greys Court featuring magnolias, lilies and peonies and a heart shaped pond. The Wisteria walk is a speciality but they were not blooming yet! The Hyacinths were fading away and the cherry garden was closed. In spring, the gardens come to life with sweet-scented blossom blooming on the trees (not yet though). The kitchen garden has its roots in the Second World War Dig for Victory campaign.
The bluebells saved the day for us but I don’t think I am likely to visit again unless one of you lot tell me they have opened an amazing adventure park! I have marked this property off as “done”!
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🗺 Address: Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 4PG
🎟 FREE for NT, otherwise entrance fee applies- see details HERE
🚘 FREE Parking
🚻 Toilets on site
🍕 Cafe on site
🧺 Picnics allowed in some parts
🦽Buggy accessible in parts
🐕 Dogs on lead welcome but not in some areas (such as the walled garden)
Nuffield Place is another national trust property which is not too far away. You won’t spend ages in Grey’s court and may as well tick off both in one go!If you think something needs updating on this post, please contact us HERE