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The Manor - Hemingford Grey

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

  • 4.7

  • from 147 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 147 Google reviews

Sandy Holman

2 months ago


An absolute joy. A real hidden gem in the prettiest of villages. We met the owner in the shop and she was really helpful and gave us lots of information about the history of the house. We didn't do the tour of the house, but if the entrance hallway and shop were anything to go by, I imagine it would be enchanting. Reasonably, healthy plants from the garden for sale. Will definitely go back.

owain jackson

a month ago


A delightful way to spend an afternoon perusing the gardens and taking a tour with Dianne who brings it all to life. Definitely worth a visit. We added a Cream Tea in the garden and felt like royalty!!

Paul Setchfield

a month ago


We visited The Manor with two friends. It was an amazing experience, the gardens were absolutely beautiful but it was an extra special visit because Diana Boston showed us round The Manor and told us the history of this fascinating property. She is a wonderful story teller who obviously enjoys sharing all the details of each room and the wonderful tapestries sewn by her late mother-in-law, Lucy Boston. I can highly recommend this as a place to visit in Cambridgeshire. We will certainly be going again.

Toby robson

a month ago


A great day out! A very interesting tour, which you'd love if you like History and very old houses. Was a bit expensive. The gardens were beautiful with loads of flowers.

Gillian McCully

2 months ago


A delightful, personal tour of a very interesting historical house. The gardens are well worth a visit on their own. The irises and roses were lovely. I would definitely recommend a visit.

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01480 463 134

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