Sulgrave Manor

Sulgrave Manor, Banbury: Hours, Address, Sulgrave Manor Reviews: 4.5/5

Sulgrave Manor
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Sulgrave Manor is a Tudor house with later additions, originally built by the ancestors of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The house and garden were purchased, restored and opened to the public in 1921 as a lasting memorial to peace between Britain and the United States.
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Colin C
Wallingford, UK71 contributions
Excellent and Interesting visit
Jul 2019
An excellent place to visit with plenty of detail about the previous owners including the ancestors of George Washington. It's a good size and can be visited in 2-3 hours or less if your pressed for time. There are interesting gardens with plants from the New World which the Pilgrim Fathers would have had to rely on
Written 10 December 2019
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Dear Colin, Thankyou for your kind words. Our Garden Team have been working hard over the winter maintaining the garden, including the small selection of American herbs. It would be fantastic to see you returning in 2020 as there have also been some changes in the Manor and we would be greatful for your feedback. All the Best
Written 13 December 2019
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mrstraveller1
York, UK1 469 contributions
Charming Manor House
Sep 2019
Sulgrave Manor is pretty compact which might disappoint some, but for me that was much of its appeal. I find many grand stately piles with endless rooms to be much of a muchness. Sulgrave is modest in both size & decor. Very real, very manageable, authentically laid out. The guides were easy going & chatty. Small but pleasant gardens. It is the ancestral home of George Washington so there is some history on his forebears but in general it’s just a nice example of a house of the period.
There is a tea & cake ‘area’ but not what you could call a tea room.
Check opening hours - very limited trading times.
Written 30 September 2019
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Dear mrstraveller1, Thank you for your kind words. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We call our tea area the Brewhouse, as you are quite right, we do not call it a tea room for that reason. We hope you join us again next season to see some changes. All the Best
Written 1 October 2019
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Bevvym2015
Moreton-in-Marsh, UK31 contributions
Disappointing
Sep 2019
Nice staff, interesting history, small gardens, clean facilities but...the website promised..'Brewhouse Tearoom with scrumptious cakes, qaulity coffee and a selection of teas' very misleading.. there is no tearoom, it is a coffee machine served with paper cups with tables to sit at. Not good at all. Saw the house, walked round the garden and spent less than an hour here.
Written 17 September 2019
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Dear Bevvym2015, We are pleased you found the history of Sulgrave Manor interesting and our staff were friendly and approachable. We are so sorry to hear that your visit with us was disappointing. After reading your review, we looked at the website as this had not been bought to our attention as misleading previously, you will be pleased to know the phasing of this statement has been rectified. If you could contact us, on the email address below with the date and time you were served with a paper cup as we will look into this further. Although our hot drinks are on a self-serve basis, you should have been offered a ceramic cup to enjoy our quality coffee beans. enquiries@sulgravemanor.org.uk Kind regards
Written 22 September 2019
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chris504019
Daventry, UK1 409 contributions
a welcome back to a hidden gem
Aug 2019
my wife and I came back for a lovely visit steeped in history. It was a warm and sunny day and was quite busy. Well worth a visit to see a marvellous manor
Written 11 September 2019
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Thank you for your lovely review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again, perhaps in 2020? Kind regards
Written 22 September 2019
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Mike S
Worcester, UK37 contributions
Brilliant
Aug 2019
This is an amazing place.We expected to have a quick visit as it is a small place but we ended up spending over 2 hours here.We were met at reception by a very nice young lady who was extremely helpful.We had a lovely walk around the grounds and chatted to a lovely lady about the fruit and herbs in the garden.Next was a tour round the manor itself and we enjoyed talking to the guides about the interesting items including a wonderfully embroidered bed curtain.We were treated to a “pop-up” talk on tea by Thea who made it interesting and enjoyable and not too long.We can thoroughly recommend this place to anyone,small but well worth a visit.The George Washington display was interesting but will be better when more items arrive.
Written 22 August 2019
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Dear Mike S, Thank you for review, it was lovely to read that our staff were friendly and informative. I have passed your kind words on, especially to Thea for the pop up talk and Aliza the lovely lady who greeted you at the welcome desk. Please do recommend us to friends and family, we do feel we are a hidden gem. We are closed for the season 29th September 2019, and we will be using this time to develop our George Washington Exhibition. We hope to see you in 2020! All the best
Written 22 September 2019
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bempey22
Thrapston, UK408 contributions
Small but Worthwhile
Aug 2019 • Family
Small manor house with pretty orchard and gardens. Not much of a tea room, just some cake and tea sold in a small gift shop/reception area.
The hours are terrible, only open Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 11 to 4.
But the house is worth a visit, especially for the ties to George Washington.
Written 22 August 2019
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Thank you for your review. We are a little bias and do think that the orchard and gardens are wonderful too. To add to your point regarding the tea room. Sulgrave Manor does not currently have a tea room. We offer a seating area in our comfy Brewhouse, hot and cold drinks can be purchased the front desk. Perhaps a slice of cake if you feel peckish. We open to the general public as you mentioned Thursday, Friday and Sunday 11am-4pm, but behind the scenes we open the site Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for school visits and private tours and we leave Saturdays exclusively for weddings/events/conferences as we are a small site as you state, we try to balance our times and days to ensure all our visitors can gain the most from their experience. We close for the season on 29th September 2019, however your feedback is valued and if you would like to make suggestions, we would be happy to look at them. Please email our team at enquiries@sulgravemanor.org.uk Thank you for your kind words about the house, we hope to see you when our George Washington Exhibition is finished. All the best
Written 22 September 2019
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Paul R
Wellingborough, UK595 contributions
Beautiful house and gardens, steeped in history
Jul 2019 • Solo
Sulgrave Manor sits amongst some of the most beautiful countryside in middle England. The postal address gives a clue that it is very close to the Oxfordshire border and the pretty villages and green, rolling landscape of South Northants are reminiscent of the lovely and not-so-distant Cotswolds. Indeed, I would assert that this area is every bit as beautiful, whilst feeling much more rural and secluded.
The Manor itself - a relatively small stately pile - is constructed of that pale honey coloured stone that typifies the area and is extremely pretty. Inside, there is a palpable sense of history, enhanced by dark wood panelling, beams, period furnishings and decor and a pleasingly irregular topography.
What is also pleasing is the very human scale of the place. It has a homelike quality, in contrast to many a grand mansion I've visited, and this helps the visitor to picture the Manor as it would have been when occupied as a dwelling. Also aiding the imagination are the many pieces of period furniture and household objects. The kitchen is particularly interesting in this respect - its massive fireplace busy with copper pots and rustic utensils. The spinet in the parlor is also noteworthy and you can purchase a wonderful recording of it being played from the gift shop.
In each of the rooms, there are well presented information boards describing the use and history of that particular space as well as interesting historical nuggets about aspects of life in that period.
Better still, there are knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides posted around the building, who are keen to chat and share their knowledge. Occasionally they run 'pop-up' talks. I was fortunate enough to be present when one lady gave a historical overview of tea, which she delivered in a lively, interesting and often amusing way.
The headline historical fact about Sulgrave is that is the ancestral home of George Washington and for those particularly interested in that aspect, there are plenty of artefacts, paintings and sculptures around the place, all with anotations provided. The large bronze bust outside the Manor is particularly striking.
A George Washington exhibition is in its early stages of construction and should be very interesting when completed.
Outside, the modestly proportioned gardens are just as lovely as the house. There are many lush cottage borders, a fruit orchard, raised lawns and rustic walls, an old forge and, my favourite, the gorgeous Rose Garden, which follows a formal pattern but is planted almost naturalistically. The best of both worlds.
There is a children's playground and a number of picnic benches scattered around the grounds. The small gift shop sells some attractive, good quality items and there are tasty homemade cakes on sale. It should be noted that there is not a cafe as such but there is a bright room with tables and chairs where you can eat your cake and get a tea or coffee from the self-service machine.
I absolutely loved my visit to Sulgrave and will certainly return.
Written 29 July 2019
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Dear Paul R, Thank you for your kind words, we are glad you "absolutely loved" your visit to Sulgrave. As you stated we are in the very early stages of creating our George Washington Exhibition. The space we have allocated to this development is where our guests can have their say and how they wish to see it transform! I have passed on your wonderful message regarding the gardens to Darren Minney, the Head Gardener, as well as Thea Young one of our experienced Tour Guides as she delivered the Pop Up Talk on tea, during your visit. We hope you return soon! Many Thanks Julie
Written 30 July 2019
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mrsc45
Banbury, UK6 contributions
Sulgrave Manor
Jul 2019 • Family
According to temporary staff you can’t use yellow activity backpacks if they think it’s going to rain. It didn’t rain. So 2 disappointed grandchildren because they weren’t given backpacks which we had read about on line. No ladybird trail because temporary staff knew nothing about it. Expected to see staff dressed in period costume but obviously misunderstood that
Written 28 July 2019
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I'm sorry that you were disappointed with your visit to Sulgrave Manor. We don't employ temporary staff, however the staff member in our welcome area this weekend was covering a colleague's annual leave. The Explorer backpacks were offered to you, however as a lot of the activities feature the outdoors, we recommended you waited until the rain had stopped to be able to enjoy it to it's full potential. The staff member also offered the ladybird trail but was unsure whether there was an activity sheet for it (there isn't.) Our service offer is clearly displayed on our website and social media channels however period costume is not mentioned. Where did you see this information displayed because we would like to correct this as soon as possible? We offer the Explorer backpacks, the ladybird trail, our family area and play equipment all free of charge so plenty to do to keep children occupied during a visit. Please do call us if you would like to discuss further.
Written 29 July 2019
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busterSolihull
Birmingham, UK1 387 contributions
Interesting Property...Free HHA members
Jul 2019 • Couples
Being HHA/EH/NT members we decided to visit Sulgrave Manor (HHA) and Canons Ashby (NT...5 miles...8mins) on the same Sunday 7th and overall we found Sulgrave Manor interesting via the free flow tour after a 10 mins talk information via one of the volunteers.
Written 9 July 2019
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Dear Buster Solihul, Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you found your visit interesting. We are fortunate to be situated about 10mins from Canons Ashby, we are pleased you had time to visit us. Can I ask what you would like to see next time at Sulgrave Manor in order for us to recieve full marks from future visitors? Many Thanks Julie
Written 30 July 2019
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Heather D
Lapworth, UK119 contributions
Interesting
Apr 2019 • Family
This is an interesting place with a fascinating history but we felt much more could have been made of each toom and especially th connections to George Washington. The gardens were beautifully maintained and the whole place was pretty in a super location.
Written 25 April 2019
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Dear Feather5723, Thank you for your message, we are glad you found your visit interesting. We are in the process of creating our George Washington Exhibition. The space we have allocated to this development is where our guests can have their say and how they wish to see it develop, just as you stated, we aim work to on the fascinating history of the Story of Sulgrave and the connections to George Washington. Your comments have been taken on board and will be looked at when we create the final exhibition, we hope you return to see us soon. The gardens have really popped in colour and the flowers smell devine. Many Thanks Julie
Written 30 July 2019
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