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Stonor House & Park

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Historic Buildings)

Henley-on-Thams Oxfordshire England
Description : 

The house appears as an E-shaped Tudor manor house behind a warm red brick façade with Georgian windows.


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Stonor House & Park

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Attractions)

Henley-on-Thams Oxfordshire England
Description : 

The house appears as an E-shaped Tudor manor house behind a warm red brick façade with Georgian windows. 

Behind the Georgian exterior is a much older collection of buildings, which have never been completely rebuilt, including a hall dating back to medieval times and now used as the Tea Room. The 17th century library has a magnificent vaulted ceiling. The main public rooms, restored in the 18th and early 19th centuries from a 14th century hall contain fine furniture, bronzes, silhouettes, Italian pictures and drawings and a growing collection of contemporary ceramics.
Also open to view is the roof space and priest hole occupied by St. Edmund Campion, Jesuit and martyr, and his companions in the 1580's. It was here that he supervised the printing of his book Decem Rationes (The Ten Reasons for Being a Catholic).
The Chapel, the most ancient of the Stonor buildings, is dedicated to the Blessed Trinity, and remains open today, as it has for more than 850 years, for the celebration of Mass. The Chapel was built on the site of a pagan place of worship and adopted by Christianity in the late 13th or early 14th Century. The brick tower was added in 1416-1417 built by Flemish brickmakers who had settled in the Chilterns. The bricks (200,000 in total) were made by Michael Warwick of Crocker End, Nettlebed and is one of the earliest post Roman uses of brick in Southern England.
The walled garden rises up behind the ancient house; the garden is divided between the original pleasure garden directly behind the house with 17th century terraces and two ponds and the old kitchen garden replanted in the 1980s with wonderful herbaceous borders. With the recent warm weather, the irises are now blooming and as summer progresses old fashioned roses, peonies and lavenders will flower on the seventeenth century terraces in June, flanked by ancient yew trees and clipped box hedges by the lily ponds. Climbing the terrace stages one finds a long mixed border, ending with a Japanese garden house built by the 5th Lord Camoys after his visit to Kyoto in 1906. The jasmine and rose bower offers spectacular views of the house and deer park.
John Steane said in his book 'Oxfordshire': – "If I had to suggest to a visitor who had only one day to sample the beauties of Oxfordshire, I would suggest a visit to Stonor and a walk through its delectable park."
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Nature in Art

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Museums and Arts)

Twigworth Gloucestershire England
Description : 

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Discover the unique nature inspired art collection housed within the beautiful setting of Wallsworth Hall. The Georgian mansion was once owned by Samuel Hayward (1714-1790), local landowner and magistrate who built it for his wife Catherine as a wedding present, you will be in awe as you spy its grandeur travelling along their half mile driveway, edged by trees and fields. The perfect surroundings for what is held within!

The art collection is international in scope, embracing two and three dimensional work in all media and styles, ranging from Pablo Picasso to David Shepherd. Over their 25 year history, Nature in Art has collected works which represent over 1500 years of art inspired by nature, from more than 50 countries and 600 artists. So whether you prefer exotic Flemish masters or contemporary glass, modern abstract interpretations or bronze sculpture, textiles or ethnic art there will be something for you...


Nature in Art is also suitable for all the family; children can create animal brass-rubbings, experiment with materials using their handling box, touch some of the sculptures around the galleries, as well as enjoy their outdoor play area and garden.

Together you can visit the artist in residence (from mid-January to mid-November) in the purpose-built studio, meet a woodcarver, painter or sculptor! Complete your visit by relaxing in the coffee shop with a homemade lunch or afternoon tea, and then browse through the gift shop for a memento of your day. The shop sells a range of unique gifts, cards and prints.

Open: Tuesday-Sunday, including Bank Holidays, 10am to 5pm. Closed 24th-26th December.
Entry: £5.25 adults, £4.75 concessions (over 60s, under 16s), £15 family (2 adults, 2 children), under 8s free.

Telephone 01452 731422


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Mill Dene Garden

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Gardens)

Moreton in Marsh Gloucestershire England
Description : 

Mill Dene Garden is hidden deep on the north scarp face of the Cotswolds.  It surrounds an old, pre-Norman water mill, with its pond and stream and is set in a tiny valley.

Barry and Wendy Dare fell in love with  a building that was falling down with  no garden.  They had no money and no experience of either restoration or horticulture, but learned on the hoof so to speak, whilst doing other jobs and raising children.
Their creation over a lifetime is there for everyone to enjoy: two and a half acres of interesting planting (Wendy recently judged at Chelsea); of surprises round every corner and a lot of fun.  Mill Dene has a tiny misty grotto in amongst the bog garden on the stream and a trick of the eye apparently extends the boundaries of the garden.   It is an exercise of making the most of a difficult site.  It is also an exercise in creating something beautiful in which to meditate, and which will nourish the senses.
Telephone 01386 700457


Hook Norton Brewery Visitor Centre

(Oxfordshire/Cotswolds Attractions)

Hook Norton Oxfordshire England
Description : 

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The Visitors Centre is housed in the original maltings that were bought by John Harris in 1849 and where he commenced brewing

We run three brewery tours Monday to Friday and five on Saturdays.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10.30am 13.30pm 14.30pm
Saturday 10.30am 11.30am 12.30pm 13.30pm 14.00pm
Cost: £12.50 per person (over 60 concessionary price £10.00 per person).

PLEASE NOTE: It is essential that you book a brewery tour before arriving.
Brewery tours start from the Visitors Centre and last approx 1 1/2 hours, progress around the brewery where you'll see our original steam engine, learn about our history and how we make our range of delicious beers. After a tour of the stables, if they are in residence you'll be able to see our lovely Shire Horses who still deliver beer to our local pubs in the traditional way. Upon completion of the tour, it's back to our sampling bar in the Visitor Centre for a beer tasting.

Cost : £15.00 per person.
These are a unique way to experience the brewery and are available year round for a minimum group size of 10 people. Payable in advance. Minimum age 18 yrs

Sensible footwear is highly recommended. Regrettably, the Brewery itself is not suitable for people with walking difficulties or children under the age of 12 (this includes babes in arms) as there are many steep stairs to negotiate; the Visitor Centre, Brewery Shop and Museum, however, are easily accessible for both. Please note, the Brewery is a nut free and no smoking site. School educational parties are very welcome as are other groups or clubs. Please contact us on 01608 730384 or email: vc@hooky.co.uk to discuss your requirements.



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