Friends excursions: Dorney Court, Berkshire
Friends enjoy a private tour of Dorney Court, one of England’s most uniquely beautiful Tudor Manor Houses, as well as the small 12th-century church of St James the Less.
Set amidst acres of mature parkland and encircled by well-tended yew hedges, this remarkable and characterful house is Grade I-listed and designated as being of outstanding architectural and historical interest. We will enjoy a private tour of the house, which was built in 1440 and has been lived in by the same family for over 450 years. Our tour includes the Great Hall with log fires burning and rooms filled with 15th and 16th-century oak furniture, fine oak panelling and beautiful 17th-century lacquer furniture. The house contains a wealth of family portraits including works by Peter Lely and Godfrey Kneller and artworks that reflect the tastes and fortunes of all those who have lived in this ancient house.
We will also visit the family’s small private church, which visitors enter via the south porch, made of ancient red brick that dates to 1661. The porch was built to commemorate the birth of Lady Anne Palmer, the child of Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine and Roger Palmer, Earl of Castlemaine.
We conclude our afternoon visit with mince pies and a festive glass of damson gin, Madeira wine or sherry in the magnificent Great Hall.
‘Please note that this trip does not include lunch. We recommend that you have an early lunch, or bring a sandwich on the coach if you prefer.
● Fully booked
Wednesday 6 December 2017
12.30 — 6.30pm
Join the coach on Piccadilly outside the RA. Please note that the coach will leave promptly at 12:30pm.
£65. Includes mince pies and a festive glass of homemade wine.