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“A new NT property”
Review of Nuffield Place

Nuffield Place
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Reading, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“A new NT property”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

A fascinating house with amazing things owned by William Morris (no not the Arts and Crafts person but the Morris Motors man who later became Lord Nuffield). Taken over by the National Trust this year, and although they still have a lot of work to do on it, it is well worth a visit now. I shall be going back to see it develop over time now that it is cared for by the NT. One problem was the tea room - limited selection and over priced - not up to the usual high standard I expect from the NT.

Visited August 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Modest Morris”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

My family and I recently enjoyed a quiet relaxing visit to Nuffield Place, situated near Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, the former home of Lord Nuffield, aka William Morris, Britain’s greatest philanthropist and designer of the Morris motor car.
Purchased by Lord and Lady Nuffield in 1933, the house has recently been acquired by the National Trust, having been left almost exactly as it was since the Lord’s passing in 1963.
The friendly informative guides around the house provide details of the furnishings and items to create a mental picture of what life was like in Nuffield Place from the mid 1930's. Curiosities include Nuffield’s tool cupboard within his bedroom to keep the Lord occupied during his frequent nights of insomnia, a medical ventilator tunnel aka ‘iron lung’ invented by Morris, and an electric bucking bronco rodeo ride in the snooker room for the Lord’s ‘livelier’ past house guests.
The house truly represents the modesty of this generously extraordinary man who gave much of his fortune away to benefit people and charity organisations.
Tour entry is every 15 mins from 11am till 4pm and is approximately one hour duration, following which, enjoy walks in the beautiful gardens including a croquet lawn, refreshments in the tea room or on the lawn and a visit to the small souvenir shop.

Visited August 2012
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Amersham, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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“Lovely house & grounds - currently 'work in progress' by NT”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

We visited Nuffield Place, the home of Lord & Lady Nuffield, as part of The Wolseley Register Jubilee Tour of Britain in August 2012, & to help the National Trust fundraising after they took over the property from Nuffield College. The house itself is a lovely time capsule of an English Country House of the 1930's/40's, having been gifted by Lord Nuffield on the condition that it was kept the same as when he lived there. The house isn't enormous, but is beautifully kept, & fascinating to tour. There is also a small tea room serving traditional tea & scones/cakes, & some nice gardens & woods to wander in. None of it is spectacular, & is generally a bit of a 'work in progress' at the moment, as NT readily admit, but overall it's a peaceful place to wander around, & a lovely glimpse into how the great benefactor lived. Not just for fans of Nuffield car products, but a good visit for anyone - probably not small children though.

Visited August 2012
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Small but interesting = Lord & Lady Nuffield home”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

Home of philanthropist who founded Morris Motor Car Group. National Trust Property.
Post Code RG9 5RY. Small house --- Lord Nuffield was at the time one of the riched men in world in early 1920/ 30s + ((The day we went recenyly had visitors from the Wolseley Motor Club who brought may cars onto the site)).. The house is new to N.T. in 2011 so you may have to book or have a timed ticket ,once inside after giving a brief outline of history you can go around house at your opwn speed. Many items as they were in the 1920/30/40/50/60s. Very interest even for those who are not interested in cars, but like social history. The guides in each room were very friendly and like to talk about the subject.in hand . Cafe available, plenty of room to park and small garden to walk around and in small wooded area. We spent about 2- 3 hours including time for a picnic.

Visited August 2012
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bucks,england
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“everyday objects hint at a simple life...”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

New to the National Trust this year, the house and gardens are open daily from 11.00 (apart from Monday and Tuesday).The house operates a timed-ticket system to ensure it doen't get overcrowded, but pre-booking is no longer required.The guides are very well informed. There is an introductory talk and then one can go round at one's own speed.It isn't a very large property, but it has the "time-warp" quality because most of the contents are those which Lord and Lady Nuffield collected and which are now back where they were when they lived in the house.A small shop and tea room are available; also garden seating.Plenty of space for picnics (but bring your own table and chairs).Although there is signage on the main road, it is easy to miss the turn; the house is up the same small road as a care home and a prison!

Visited August 2012
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