Wednesday 16th May 2018
OWLPEN MANOR HOUSE AND GARDENS (website here)
Cost: £25 includes coach travel, entrance fees and guided tour
With its magnificent 16th century Tudor Great Hall, 17th century Jacobean Solar and 18th century Georgian Little Parlour this manor house was saved from ruin after many years of neglect by the outstanding Arts & Crafts architect Norman Jewson and is now home to Sir Nicholas and Lady Mander and their family. As well as an opportunity to see a series of unique painted textiles in the Great Chamber, Mander family portraits and objects, GRDM Friends will also see a representative collection of Arts & Crafts furniture and fittings. From its hanging terraces, Georgian mill pond and lake, walled kitchen garden, magnificent yew topiary, old roses and box parterres, the gardens at Owlpen have been much admired by some of our foremost garden designers including Gertrude Jekyll, Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe and Vita Sackville-West.