The gift of giving: Christmas at Greys Court

Join us this festive season at Grey's Court whilst we celebrate the anniversary of the gift of Greys Court to the nation, and the gift of giving. With seasonal collection pieces to look out for, and the possibility of some scrumptious tasters in the kitchen, there's plenty to keep everyone entertained. Christmas will be in the House from Saturday 23 Nov until Monday 6 Jan 2020.

Christmas around the house

The mansion at Greys Court will be decorated in every room this festive season, with real fir trees, thousands of twinkling lights and collection pieces on display.

Christmas wreath on the front door of the mansion, Greys Court
Greys Court greenery christmas wreath on the front door of the mansion
Christmas wreath on the front door of the mansion, Greys Court

In various rooms around the house look out for copies of original, family, Christmas photographs of the Brunners, which are brought out of the archives just for Christmas. You can also wander at the beautifully created Laurence Irving calendars, placed around the house, that he used to give as gifts to the Brunner family every Christmas.

Christmas decorations at Greys Court
Christmas decorations at Greys Court
Christmas decorations at Greys Court

The stunning glassware in the dining room is only on display during the festive season as well. This would have been the set they used for entertaining in this season, and at Christmas dinner.

Decorations in the school room at Greys Court, Oxfordshire
Close up of Christmas decorations in the school room in the house at Greys Court
Decorations in the school room at Greys Court, Oxfordshire

Over the picture of Sir John Brunner in the school room, look out for a Father Christmas hat sitting on top. The Brunner boys used to do this every year when they were young boys, having some festive, mischievous fun.

Baking in the kitchen at Christmas

As a former chairman of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Lady Brunner was enthusiastic when it came to home-made food, and this was certainly no different during the Christmas season.

Christmas baking in the kitchen of the mansion house, Greys Court, Oxfordshire
Freshly baked shortbread in the kitchen at Greys Court
Christmas baking in the kitchen of the mansion house, Greys Court, Oxfordshire

Each week during December the wonderful house volunteers will be baking a different Christmas recipe in the kitchen of the main house. There will be copies of these original Lady Brunner recipes available for visitors to take home from the kitchen, and there may even be some delightful tasters on offer as well. 

Candlelight Tours

This year we're hosting candelight tours of the mansion, where you can explore the house at Greys Court in the subdued light of candles with our expert guides and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies in the kitchen.

Mulled wine and mince pies
Mulled wine and mince pies
Mulled wine and mince pies

Tours will run every Thursday in December, with tickets £20 each, bookable online.

Christmas dinners in the Cowshed tea-room

The Cowshed tea-room, Greys Court, Oxfordshire
The Cowshed tea-room decorated for Christmas
The Cowshed tea-room, Greys Court, Oxfordshire

Treat yourself to a festive 2 course dinner in the café. Booking online is essential, and worth it, for a traditional Polseden Lacey bred turkey dinner with all the trimmings. There's portion sizes for little ones, too!