Welcome to Stonor - one of England’s oldest manor houses, situated in one of the most beautiful settings, owned by the same family of the same faith for 850 years.
This spring the park, house and large walled garden at Stonor are as beuatiful as they ever have been - in part due to the very mild winter, the abundant rainfall and the excellent drainage of our chalk hills. The following highlights await visitors to Stonor:
In the park and in front of the house many cherry trees are in full bloom and swathes of daffodils and narcissi edge the lawn. Leaves are opening on most trees. The copper beach is a delightful pink colour. The other beeches are a light green haze and the sycamores something rather yellow. The deer herd looks well and content and red kites soar and swirl above.
In the house we have added brass rubbings of family from the middle ages and some more hats from China on the hat stand. In the Long Gallery we have two new delightful portraits, one of my American grandmother (painted in 1911) and one of our daughter-in-law, Lady Ailsa Stonor, painted by James Hart Dyke in 2013. This year we are showing some of our Korean contemporary ceramics featuring Korea's leading contemporary ceramic artist Kim Yikyung.
The Walled Garden
Near the entrance you will see a wonderful show of primroses and fritillaria. In the middle of the lawn there is a fine arrangement of tulips amongst the lavender and young magnolias are now in flower - white and purple lilac abound. The orchard walk glimmers with red tulips and narcissi under apple and pear trees. In the north-western corner wysteria is coming into flower. The golden new growth is impressive on the long box hedges and 'pyramids'.
Watch out for butterflies - Brimstone Yellows, Orange Tipped and Peacocks so far.
The house, garden, old hall tea room & gift shop are open from April until the end of September. The park, with its herd of fallow deer, is also open by way of a public footpath throughout the year, from where there are stunning views of both the house and surrounding countryside.