Christmas at Greys Court: Gift of Giving

Join us this festive season at Grey's Court whilst we celebrate the anniversary of the gift of Greys Court to the nation. 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 Sunday 1 Dec and will be taken down on Monday 6 Jan 2020.

Please note this article is from 2019 and is now out of date.

 

The gift of giving

This Christmas we are celebrating the 50 year anniversary of Greys Court being donated to the National Trust. In tribute, we are theming our Christmas displays around the gifts of Christmas, with each room representing a different gift. 

Discover a minature village hand-crafted from paper in the library, hundreds of paper cranes adorning the trees in the drawing room, and a minature Greys Court mansion in the kitchen. There will also be real fir trees, hundreds of twinkling lights and beautiful toy displays in the school room.

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

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

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!

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.