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The Manor - Hemingford Grey

12th Century house and cottage-style gardens by the River Ouse.

  • 4.7

  • from 130 Google reviews

A small house in a garden
A small house in a garden

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About the garden

First impressions are deceiving at Hemingford Grey, where this apparently Georgian facade masks one of the oldest continually inhabited houses in Britain. Behind the red brick lies beautiful stonework from c.1130 in the original rooms, and a fascinating history. Sitting proud on the banks of the River Ouse and previously owned by children’s author, Lucy Boston, The Manor now houses an internationally-important collection of patchwork quilts.

Relative to the medieval origins of the house, the cottage-style gardens are a fairly recent addition, crafted lovingly in the war and post-war years from two adjacent fields and bordered on all sides by water, with a moat connected to the river. There are four acres in total, with one acre left for nature, and the combination of natural and cultivated garden is rich in wildlife. The grounds are now a riot of colour in the spring and summer, with many naturalistic herbaceous borders, including a beautiful collection of bearded irises, and a lovely wildflower meadow, where fritillaries and marsh orchids grow. Don't miss the hidden garden, which is home to flowering Cherry Trees in spring and mature Yews which are beautiful year-round.

Along the path down to the river are impressive examples of Yew topiary, planted during the war by Lucy Boston, who was also responsible for the property’s sensitive restoration to its Norman roots.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 1 - 2 hours (Quarter Day) at The Manor, Hemingford Grey.

Opening times

GARDEN Every Day 11AM - 5PM (or dusk in winter) HOUSE By appointment only (tickets not available)

Useful details

Garden area

3.5 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads. Please bring poo bags.

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly inaccessible (some paths moderately flat and paved). Paths on lawn and gravel.


Yes - There is a plant shop.

Cambridgeshire, PE28 9BN

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The Manor - Hemingford Grey
PE28 9BN
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PE28 9BN
Public Transport
Train to Huntingdon or Guided Bus to St Ives, then taxi from Huntingdon or St Ives to Hemingford Grey.
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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 130 Google reviews

Bogdan Bele

4 months ago


What an interesting place and what a great story! Also, having Diana Boston as a guide has been a fantastic experience. A definite must-visit if you're in the area.

Adrian Donaghey

5 months ago


Terrifically atmospheric Norman Tower House with original architectural features still in evidence. Building later modified with clear evidence of various building stages. Beautiful gardens. An essential place to visit for anyone loving the Green Knowe book series by Lucy Boston.

blacksnowdrop cheekyendomorph

a year ago


A remarkable house with such fascinating history amidst stunning gardens, a canal beyond the garden gate and an award winning foodie pub round the corner! This is quite simply a little slice of Heritage Heaven! An easy day out but be sure to book the House Tour! I've visited a number of times and returned with friends, all have loved it and want to return. The lady owner, Diana is a great House Tour host and the icing on the cake. Looking forward to returning and am so excited to do so and to see the gardens and buy a plant or two while I'm at it.

Bobby Gafford

5 months ago


The grail was not here. Minus one star. Nice garden though.

Vanessa Mcdonald

10 months ago


Beautiful church and village to walk around, loads of history. Very quiet and relaxing.

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01480 463 134

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