Berkshire, SL4 6QP
Dorney Court, a rambling Grade-1 Listed Tudor manor house on the western fringes of Royal Windsor, offers atmospheric interiors and interesting topiary gardens.
There has been a manor at Dorney village since the Domesday Book, but the present house was built in 1440, and the layout of the house remains largely unaltered. The Palmer family have lived here for more than 450 years, the house passing from father to son through 13 generations. Barbara Palmer, the Countess of Castlemaine, was even courted here by Charles II. The house was the runner-up in Country Life's Finest Manor House in Great Britain in 2006.
The panelled parlour contains some fine period furniture, and the Great Hall is lined with family portraits and linenfold panelling brought from Faversham Abbey. The large carved stone pineapple in the Great Hall pays tribute to the story that the first pineapple grown in England was cultivated in Dorney village. Also of interest are the collections of needlework and stained glass.