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The oldest part of the Tudor house and a 20th century hive of activity © Andreas von Einsiedel

The oldest part of the Tudor house and a 20th century hive of activity

'A haven of peace and quietness for those in need'

From a Tudor show house to 20th century family home, Greys Court has only been inhabited by five families in its long history. The mansion today is a patchwork of styles that hint at the various fortunes and tastes of the occupants.

Highlights in the house

  • Panel portrait of Sir Francis Knollys, 1586 © John Hammond

    Portrait of Sir Francis Knollys

    An ancient panel painting depicts Sir Francis Knollys, Elizabeth I's Treasurer and builder of the house.

  • Decorative Drawing Room plasterwork with romantic motifs © John Hammond

    Elaborate plasterwork

    The beautifully intricate plasterwork was added in 1765 to celebrate a marriage in the Stapleton family.

  • Homely touches makes our Kitchen a nice place to work in © John Hammond

    The kitchen

    The oldest part of the house, mid-20th century in style and everything for a domestic goddess.

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Layers of tweed and wool sewn as a depiction of Greys Court

From a 16th century slate-topped card table to a modern Kenwood Chef, Greys Court's collection is a patchwork of homely styles and contemporary crafts. Explore National Trust collections online.

All sewn up

Nearly two years in the making, and the quilt sewn together using donated fabric from our visitors and supporters is complete. Visit to see this wonderful example of 20th-century fabric and marvel at the dedicated work of our volunteer seamstresses.

Follow recipes from our kitchen

Discover how to make this delicious chanterelle tart with award-winning food writer Sybil Kapoor cooking in our kitchen.

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