The Manor at Hemingford Grey and Island Hall
Coach Visit | The Manor at Hemingford Grey and Island Hall
Wednesday 6 July 2011 - 09:00
A leisurely day's outing by coach to visit The Manor at Hemingford Grey and Island Hall. The former dates back from 1130 and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Britain, once owned by Lucy Boston, the childrens book author. The house contain many artefacts from her time including many exquisite patchworks. The moated house is surrounded by four acrea of garden renowned for its collection of over 200 old roses and a collection of irises. After a light lunch provided by the local Women's Institute, a visit to Island Hall, a delightful Georgian riverside mansion built in the 1740s. It is a red brick building with stone dressings around the windows and doors in a neo-classical design. There are walled gardens which boast a Chinese bridge and an ornamental island in the Great Ouse from which the house gets its name. Island Hall is a family home and a member of the family will lead the tour.