Hemingford Grey Manor
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: One of oldest continuously inhabited houses in Britain
Over 200 different varieties of old roses are dotted throughout the garden and numerous examples of award-winning irises. Formal lawns and topiary mix with more informal garden areas to create a quite wonderful setting for the house.
The manor is famous as the model used by author Lucy Boston for her Green Knowe series of children's books. The illustrations for the Green Knowe books, drawn by Ms Boston's son Peter, draw on real aspects of the house and ground which will be readily recognized by visitors. Toys used by the fictional characters are on display in the attic.
The garden is open throughout the year, but the house is usually only open to visitors by prior arrangement. Some parking is available for visitors with limited mobility, otherwise, visitors should park in the village.
The riverside setting makes The Hemingford Grey Manor an ideal stop on a walk along the Ouse Valley Way, the long-distance footpath that runs along the river throughout Huntingdonshire. A short walk along the trail to the east lies the lovely old parish church, whose oddly truncated tower is often pictured in tourist guides to the area.
I 'accidentally' visited Hemingford Grey Manor. I was taking the lovely walk between Houghton Mill and St Ives, and as I walked along the riverside path I came to the iron gate to the garden and saw a small sign that said 'Garden Open' and an honesty box. I couldn't resist.
I would have loved to see the house interior, but you can actually see quite a bit of the exterior from the gardens. At first glance, the manor belies its age, but if you look closer you start to see little clues; a round-headed Norman window in the rear of the house, and stonework carving detail around other doors and windows.
The gardens themselves are a delight; with colour everywhere and fanciful topiary. It is the setting that really makes Hemingford Grey Manor so attractive, with overgrown garden paths and the slowly moving Great Ouse just outside the gates.
About Hemingford Grey Manor
Address: The Manor, Huntingdon, Hemingford Grey, East Anglia, Cambridgeshire, England, PE28 9BN
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Website: Hemingford Grey Manor
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Houghton Mill - 1.1 miles (Historic Building)
Norris Museum - 1.3 miles (Museum)
Huntingdon, All Saints Church - 3.4 miles (Historic Church)
Over, St Mary's Church - 5.1 miles (Historic Church)
Offord Darcy, St Peter's Church - 5.3 miles (Historic Church)
Buckden Towers - 6.4 miles (Historic Building)
Buckden, St Mary's Church - 6.4 miles (Historic Church)
Willingham, St Mary's Church - 7 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Hemingford Grey Manor:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')