Wednesday 12th May 2021
Dorneywood House and Dorney Court
Dorneywood House is an 18th century house in Buckinghamshire traditionally used as the grace and favour house of the chancellor of the exchequer.
Originally a Georgian farmhouse, it has Victorian and later additions, and following a fire in 1910, was remodelled in 1919 by Sir Robert Lorimer. It was given to the National Trust by Lord Courtauld-Thomson in 1947 as a country home for a senior member of the Government.
Dorneywood House will be opened specially for us in the morning. After our journey the day will begin with a refreshing coffee. Then half our group will view Dorneywood House and learn about the fascinating history of the house and its occupants while the other half view the gardens, then the reverse.
We will then enjoy a private finger lunch at Dorneywood.
Close by is Dorney Court, a grade 1 listed Tudor Manor house, dating from around 1440. It is one of England’s loveliest houses renowned for its architectural importance and historical significance. It has been in the Palmer family for nearly half a millennium.
In the afternoon we have guided tours of Dorney Court in three groups with time, if you wish, to go to the garden centre where you may purchase tea before our journey home.
Tickets will be on sale at our March 2021 meetings.