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“A Complete Gem”

The Manor at Hemingford Grey
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Owner description: This is a historic house and is different site altogether from Hemingford Grey House (a residential conference center).
Leeds, United Kingdom
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566 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“A Complete Gem”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

What a fabulous place, lovely gardens to stroll around and plants you can buy at a reasonable price. We were lucky with the weather so may not be so good in the rain, but where is? Our tour of the house was taken by Diana Boston, Lucy Boston's daughter-in-law, what a lovely lady. The houses' history was amazing and Diana really brought this to life. There were some children on our tour who had read the Green Knowe books and they were enthralled when Diana unlocked the toy box as depicted in the story. Lucy Boston was certainly a formidable lady with her book writing, patchwork making and troop entertainer. A great place to visit, including a shop where you can buy the books and other items.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank JWMW101
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English first
Rainham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fantastic personal tour!”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

We were visiting the area and I looked on trip advisor for things to do......The Manor at Hemingford Grey had great reviews, and we were both surprised by how much we enjoyed the tour. We had never read the books or had any knowledge of patchwork quilts, but Diane Boston made it truly enjoyable......thank you

Visited June 2014
2 Thank Kym M
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fascinating place to visit.”
Reviewed 23 June 2014 via mobile

Lovely country garden with informal planting including old fashioned roses, irises and herbaceous border, wonderful scent and colour and don't miss the secret garden. The Manor House's history was fascinating with parts of the house different ages. Lucy Boston was author of the Green Knowe books and had links with the house, neither of us had read her books but we decided we would by a copy after the tour.There is a collection of Lucy Boston's wonderful handmade patchwork quilts in the house.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank Melvyn H
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Athens, Georgia
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338 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
“Outstanding attraction”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Diane Boston, the daughter-in-law of Lucy Boston hosts daily tours of her house throughout May and at other times of the year but it is by appointment. My wife persuaded me to go and I didn't know what to expect. The house has been occupied since Norman times and although it has been knocked about by the Georgians and before that the Tudors it still retains some of the original Norman features. Diane's dog accompanied us throughout the tour - can't ever remember that happening in a similar tour either here or in the US and it was part of the charm. Lucy wrote children's books, at least one of which has been turned into film, The books were set in the house and Diane references parts of the house and garden with the book. Her late husband Peter illustrated the books and some of the original drawings are to be found in the house.

We have friends in the US who are quilters and until I saw the quilts that Lucy Boston had made I had no idea how intricate and exceptional quilting could be. Lucy's quilts are exceptional and remarkable because some of them were competed toward the end of her life. She was not only a talented author but she was expert in the quilting craft. She had created the garden and largely maintained it herself so only had the winter to complete the quilts.

Diane is an eloquent and quite charming tour guide who relates the story of the house with passion and wit. I personally found listening to the old gramophone with a horn and looking like the old HMV logo to be very moving. Diane told the story of how Lucy would have locally stationed airmen around to listen to records. Listening to the record It was almost as if we back in time with those brave young men escaping for a brief time at least from the action of war.

After the house we toured the garden created by Lucy. The irises are simply magnificent. We never saw anyone working in the gardens so quite how they are kept is beyond me. The herbaceous borders are truly excellent but perhaps even more different than most gardens are the topiary chess figures.

The whole tour only cost £7 each (£5.50 for 'mature' adults and is excellent value.

Visited May 2014
3 Thank Mike L
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Go Now”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Visit between the showers,wonderful garden backs onto the towpath of the River Ouse,I heard the cuckoo here today. The Iris are in bloom, every colour imaginable alongside Roses and every other type of cottage garden plant. Even Woad grows here, see if you can spot it.
A historic manor House too and the owner will talk to you especially about the house,it's literary connections and the garden plants. Don't miss hidden parts of the garden easily overlooked.
Did not find it signposted very well take the River route out of the village of Hemingford Grey park and and then walk.
Fabulous tea room/cafe in High Street, the chocolate brownies very delicious I think it was called the Garden Room (next to post office)

Visited May 2014
2 Thank christine890
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