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Sulgrave Manor and National Trust

Sulgrave Manor

Manor Cottage is only a 10 minute drive from the pretty village of Sulgrave for anyone wanting to visit Sulgrave Manor, the ancestral home of George Washington. Dating from 1500 this small Tudor manor house is full of Georgian furniture and artefacts and has the largest collection of George Washington memorabilia in the country.

National Trust Properties

For those interested in historic houses and gardens Manor Cottage is wonderfully placed for visiting many different and varying National Trust properties. This is just a selection of those within a radius of about thirty miles.

Within 20 minutes’ drive are the beautiful Landscape Gardens of Stowe – a perfect place to stroll through acres of parkland among more than forty temples and monuments - overlooked by the magnificent Grade I listed building of Stowe House, the south facade of which is one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in Britain.

Within a similar distance is Farnborough Hall, home of the Holbech family since 1684, and reconstructed in the early 18th century. The Rococo plasterwork is some of the finest in the country.  The superb landscape garden of the 1740's remains largely unchanged and includes a broad terraced walk ornamented with temples.


The Elizabethan house of Canons Ashby is only 8 miles away, built on the site of an Augustine priory it has Jacobean wall paintings, plasterwork and tapestries together with gardens which are being restored to their 19th century colourful glory.

 A short drive of 10 miles brings you to magnificent Upton House with its flashes of Art Deco and an outstanding collection of English and continental Old Master paintings, including works by Hogarth, Stubbs, Guardi, Brueghel and El Greco as a well as French and English porcelain.

Chastleton House is a rare gem of a Jacobean house which has scarcely changed in 400 years, having been owned by the same gradually-impoverished family until 1991. Only a 22 mile drive away, through pretty Cotswold countryside, it is quite fascinating and well worth a visit for its peaceful, unspoilt and timeless atmosphere.

Imposing Charlecote Park is 25 miles away. Situated in a deer park on the banks of the River Avon it has been home to the Lucy family since the 15th century and among many splendid rooms it boasts a Tudor Great Hall with a magnificent vaulted ceiling.

Waddesdon Manor was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his outstanding collection of art treasures. The 45 rooms on view combine the highest quality French furniture (including Marie Antoinette’s writing desk) and decorative arts from the 18th century with superb English portraits and Dutch Old Masters. The Victorian garden is considered one of the finest in Britain with its parterre, seasonal displays, fountains and statuary.


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