Wisteria at Greys Court


I’m a huge lover of wisteria (and judging by my Instagram feed lately, I’m not alone!). It’s such a brief period when it’s blooming and you notice it everywhere – the gorgeous purple colour is stunning and the smell is something special. I got a call from my Mum earlier this week, well aware of my wisteria love, to tell me to get to Greys Court as soon as possible as she’d just visited and seen the most amazing wisteria. Not one to argue with my Mum (you wouldn’t either!), we duly headed there early one morning to check it out (and make good use of our new National Trust membership at the same time).

Greys Court dates back to the 11th century, although the current house is not quite that old. It was restored by Sir Felix and Lady Elizabeth Brunner who bought the estate in 1937, and Lady Brunner created the series of walled gardens that were the reason for our visit.

The gardens are a series of ‘rooms’ – each entered through a door, and then exited through another door that leads to a completely new garden. I’m a huge sucker for a walled garden, and Max loved the ‘secret garden’ aspect of all the different doors, insisting on knocking on each one.


Garden room door with wisteria


The wisteria garden is probably the highlight of the gardens – the wisteria is 125 years old and has grown into a specimen that has twisted its way around so many different supports, and the canopy of blooms completely covers the room’s ‘roof’. As soon as you walk through the door, you’re hit by the sweet, heady scent, and the sound of buzzing bees fills the air.


Wisteria Sinesis

Wisteria at Greys Court

"This wisteria is 125 years old"


Through one of the exits, the wisteria display continues, with a long tunnel of blooms, exiting into the rose garden.


Tunnel of wisteria


Although the wisteria was undoubtedly the highlight, the gardens as a whole were spectacular – impeccably kept, and interesting planting combinations.


Hand written garden sign

White and pink tulips at Greys Court

Kitchen garden at Greys Court

Nepeta at Greys Court - Max playing with toy car

Trellis at Greys Court

Cherry Garden at Greys Court

Greys Court House


I was slightly concerned about how busy it might be, given that the website warns that the wisteria room can get very busy, but we arrived for opening at 10am and it wasn’t at all busy – pretty much just us and one other lady whose photos Max kept ruining (she was lovely about it though!).

We didn’t have time to stay to look around the house, so we’ll have to make another visit. We did have time to visit the Tea Rooms though, which I highly recommend!



Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 4PG

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greys-court

Opening times: Check website as these vary

Prices: Adult, £11.25, Child, £5.85


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  • Kim Carberry
    May 23, 2016

    Oh wow! What a beautiful place to visit! Everything is just so pretty!
    It sounds like you had a lovely day x

  • Carly @acupfullofglitter
    May 23, 2016

    Wow gorgeous ????

  • Island Living 365
    May 23, 2016

    What a stunning place to visit! I LOVE wisteria. There is a house that I drive past that has the most lovely covering of it and I always want to stop the car and take a photo for Instagram! #bigpinklink

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 25, 2016

      Oh, you should! I’m sure they’d be flattered 🙂 I desperately want to plant some wisteria – I’ve been put off in the past, as they take years to start blooming and I think you have to be really careful to prune them ‘correctly’, but this year they’ve all looked spectacular, and I just think ‘let’s do it!’

  • Louise W
    May 23, 2016

    Ooooooh, I need to go here! I’m googling how far it is as soon as I’ve commented. I love the sound of the secret gardens! #bigpinklink

  • Becky H
    May 23, 2016

    This is appealing to my ‘Secret Garden’ inner child so much! I love the sign about exploring the gardens through a series of rooms – how exciting! 125 year old Wisteria?! Possibly one to visit without the toddler then who is at the ‘grabby grabby’ stage! #bigpinklink

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 25, 2016

      Haha, I can relate to that fear! Although my little boy was remarkably uninterested in touching it – he mainly just wanted to knock on the doors!

  • Sarah Stockley
    May 25, 2016

    Wow, it’s so gorgeous. I love wisteria too. Some of the houses on my route to work have it all around their doorways and it just look so prettty. Sarah #WHateverTheWeather

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      May 27, 2016

      Ah, I desperately want to plant some somewhere, I just can’t work out where is best! I have major house envy of anyone who has it trailing all over the doorway!

  • Louise Fairweather
    May 25, 2016

    Ah love it – I have some of the same pics that took when I went. Such a beautiful place x

  • Louise George
    May 25, 2016

    Those gardens sound amazing and that wisteria is beautiful. Adding this to my list of places I want to visit! 🙂

  • Merlinda Little
    May 27, 2016

    Love them too! I so love it that I take photos of it on the same spot almost everyday as we dont have lots of them. Beautiful shots you have here =) #whatevertheweather

  • Crummy Mummy
    May 28, 2016

    What a gorgeous garden! I love wisteria too – it’s a shame it doesn’t last longer! #whatevertheweather

  • Tin Box Traveller
    May 28, 2016

    I love seeing the Wisteria at this time of year. What beautiful gardens. Your photos are stunning! #whatevertheweather

  • Jenny Eaves
    June 13, 2016

    It looks gorgeous and I love that it’s like a secret garden with different doors to open and explore! Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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