Sulgrave Manor & Garden

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Sulgrave Manor & Garden
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
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Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Built by the ancestors of George Washington and saved from ruin by donors from both the UK and USA, Sulgrave Manor is steeped in history with a legacy that unites nations. Be inspired by our stories and soak up the atmosphere in our tranquil gardens.
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Abir13
Bucks, England9 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
This was our third visit and we always enjoy the manor and hearing about its history from the guides. I would recommend it to anyone who likes to visit smaller, Tudor houses with plenty of character. Since our last visit, a lovely tea room has been added and the chef was doing a fantastic job running the whole show by himself, calmly and with good humour, even though it was quite a busy lunch time. The food was delicious!
Written April 29, 2022
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Chrisgale
Sheffield, UK744 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
Very nice visit, small with very pretty gardens. Friendly staff, cafe was lovely. The ticket system on line is confusing as it gives you 10.30 for house but doesn't open until 11. It said you must arrive within 10 minutes of booking time, so I came 60 miles and actually arrived too early to be able to go in as the gardens do not open until 10.30 even though the board on car park says 10!! Needs to be sorted. Nice plants for sale.
Written September 22, 2021
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Thank you so much for your review, we are thrilled you enjoyed your visit. Apologies for the confusion with the timings, we are continuing to tweak the system and have taken the feedback on board. We hope to see you again soon!
Written October 20, 2021
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Brenda D
Grimsby, UK6 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
The Manor visit was excellent - just the right length & packed with interesting history. I notice previous mention re refreshments. I can reassure everyone that Danny at the tea room is a baking genius producing cakes and scones to delight the most discerning palate. The tea room itself is delightful. Sulgrave Manor is a definite venue to go to the top of your list.
Written August 28, 2021
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Thank you so much for your review! We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to Sulgrave Manor and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written October 20, 2021
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knott101
Southampton, UK186 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Hearing about all the history was very interesting and informative. However Manor not very big so don't expect to spend long here. Even the gardens are quite small and in need if some TLC in places.
Highlight has got to be the on site tea rooms WEBSTER. Excellent homemade cakes available and everything all prepared fresh. Really good cup of coffee served. Wish the website promoted it more as would have had lunch here. Food looked yummy.
Written August 16, 2021
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Thank you so much for your review! We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to Sulgrave Manor. We have taken your feedback on board and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written October 20, 2021
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Malcolm C
Oxford, UK194 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
We arrived at 10:15 and immediately enjoyed coffee and cake in the Buttery served by the friendliest team without airs and graces. We then strolled around the grounds at our own pace enjoying interesting features such a George Washington's bust. And Particularly the brilliant history of the Washington family in England and the USA.
At noon, we joined the guided tour led by (possibly) the best tour guide in the UK. (Is their an annual contest?)
There was so much interesting history presented in a illuminating manner. We now know how the term "Chairman of the Board" and "Board and Lodging" emanated, amongst many others. (Is there a guide book on old English sayings?)
The guided tour of the Manor House was an 80 minute experience of real warmth and humanity explaining how large families lived in Tudor times. And to then realise that this particular family produced the First President of the United States.
We thank the many organisations who joined together to purchase the property and return it to a representation of the Tudor period and to maintain it for future generations.
We thoroughly enjoyed our 4.5 hour learning experience and it is good to see that many schools include a visit as part of their official history curriculum.
Written August 10, 2016
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Caltours
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom62 contributions
Dec 2015 • Business
Had the privilege of organising a trip to Sulgrave Manor for a WI group, their annual Christmas outing.

Started with a Cooked meal at lunch time, the quality was really very good. Then the group were split into two and had a tour of the house with costumed guides who were excellent. Then finished off with tea and cakes. The staff were very friendly and welcoming throughout.

Judging by the re-action of people leaving the coach at the end of the day it has been one of the most successful Christmas visits that I have organised since starting business over 10 years ago
Written December 3, 2015
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Diane l
Roslyn Heights, NY336 contributions
Jun 2014 • Couples
Every American should make the visit to Sulgrave Manor. It is the ancestral home of our first president and pivotal founding father, George Washington. It is the irony of history that George Washington's ancestors were staunch Royalists and so in 1656, John Washington, who was the great-great grandson of Laurence Washington, who built Sulgrave, sailed to the Virginia colony to escape Oliver Cromwell's persecution, and there in 1732, George Washington was born and would ultimately sever the ties with the Royalist England of King George III. Sulgrave Manor is a beautiful Tudor house with lovely gardens and an American flag flying on the left side of the house and a British flag flying on the right side of the house, which made me feel the enduring bond between the United States and Great Britain. One can also see the family crest of the Washingtons over the entrance door which is three stars and two stripes which is thought to be the prototype for the American flag. Our guided tour of the house was very informative and our guide was very patient with all of our questions. There is also a special exhibit on the life of George Washington which is not to be missed and inside the house is also a piece of George Washington's hair, his saddlebag, and other amazing artifacts from his home at Mt. Vernon, as well as a wonderful portrait by Gilbert Stuart which hangs over the fireplace. There is also a small tearoom and gift shop.
Written February 3, 2015
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MKHappyTraveller
Milton Keynes, UK228 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
Does what it says on the tin. Go to Sulgrave Manor and experience some real history delivered by passionate staff. Find out where the term Chairman of the Board comes from and raining cats and dogs! How did George Washington end up being an all American hero? Yes you need to go to Sulgrave to find out! The weather was glorious and met an old friend serving in the reception/café area.
Written June 7, 2013
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Maureen S
Woking, UK59 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
George Washington's birthplace is worth a visit if you are in the area because of the ability to look round part of a lovely old house and garden. The staff are helpful and enthusiastic, but I think more geared to school visits. There are quite a lot of stairs so would be limited for the less able.
Written August 30, 2012
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UKHec
Market Harborough, United Kingdom370 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Sulgrave is a recreation rather than a restoration and the link with George Washington is somewhat tenuous; the closest relative to have lived there was a great grandfather. It has been recreated, bringing in things from other houses, to resemble a typical Manor House of the time.

It is a lovely building, there are many artefacts related to the Washington family, the grounds are peaceful and well maintained (especially the fragrant apple orchard) and all the staff were particularly friendly. Two teas and two very acceptable slices of loaf cake came to £10.90. Excellent toilets, and free parking. Sulgrave itself is very tranquil with virtually no traffic noise.

It isn’t a massive property and you won’t need long. We spent a little over an hour including refreshments. You might like to combine it with a trip to nearby NT property Canon’s Ashby.
Written September 2, 2018
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Many thanks for taking the time to review Sulgrave Manor and thank you for your kind comments.
Written September 4, 2018
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