National Trust Greys Court

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This picturesque house in Oxfordshire, mainly Tudor in style, has a beautiful courtyard and one surviving tower dating from 1347.

Greys Court is a country house and associated gardens situated in the Chiltern Hills at Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, south Oxfordshire, England. It is owned by the National Trust, and is located at grid reference SU725834.

The mainly Tudor style house has a beautiful courtyard and gardens. The walled gardens are full of old-fashioned roses and wisteria, an ornamental vegetable garden, maze and ice house. Within the gardens is a surviving mediaeval fortified tower dating from 1347, giving extensive views of the gardens and surrounding countryside. Also to be found within the gardens is a Tudor wheelhouse, where a donkey operated a treadmill to haul water from a well.

The house itself has an interesting history, and the interior, with some outstanding 18th-century plasterwork, is still furnished as a family home. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned here while Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne. Greys Court was owned by Sir Francis Knollys, treasurer to Elizabeth I.

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