National Trust has an abundance of properties across the country entrusted to them to preserve for future generations. As a member I vowed to explore all the National Trust properties locally to me and share the Local Adventures. Between August and November I have explored several of the National Trust properties in Oxfordshire and shared them on here.

Most of the iconic properties in Oxfordshire I have been and below are the snapshots. To think I pay a membership of a mere £6.50 a month and get so many freebies like free parking. It truly is incredible and I highly recommend individuals and families to join. Here is an overview of the properties in Oxfordshire, on the National Trust Homepage.

National Trust Properties to explore in Oxfordshire

Nuffield Park {Henley on Thames}

Originally the manor aka Merrow Mount a home to a shipping magnate called Sir John Bowring. Oswald Patridge Milne designed the house in 1914, in 1933 it was sold to William Morris, Lord Nuffield. In 1930 Sir William Morris received the honor of a Baron to become Lord. As there was already a Lord Morris, he chose to be called Lord Nuffield from the local village.

Greys Court{Henley on Thames}

Greys Court was a family home owned by Lord and Lady Brunner who bought the house in 1937 from Sir William Stapleton. Lady Brunner {nee Elizabeth Irving} is the granddaughter of the famous Victorian actor Sir Henry Irving. The Tudor country house has only ever had 5 families live in it with the Brunner family being the last.

Basildon Manor{Reading}

Basildon Park is an 18th-century country house located in west Berkshire, 2 miles south of Goring & Streatley. The Palladian style property was designed by John Carr for Sir Francis Sykes but has since gone through many owners. In 1978 the property was donated to the National Trust by Lord and Lady lliffe in hopes of it being maintained for future generations.

Ashdown House {Newbury}

Ashdown House, also known as Ashdown Park is a 17th-century country house in Oxfordshire. The house was built in a hunting style by William for his good friend Elizabeth as a retirement home. Unfortunately Elizabeth, sister of Charles I died before the house could be completed. The house has had it’s fair share of tenants including the army during the world war II.

Other National Trust Properties around Oxfordshire

There are many other National Trust places around Oxfordshire that I can recommend but yet to explore. Most of them are closed during Winter months and re-open in Spring. The following properties are what is next on my list after winter:

  • Priory Cottages {Abingdon}
  • Badbury Hill {Swindon}
  • Great Coxwell Barn {Farringdon}
  • Buscot Park and Old Parsonage {Farringdon}

Every day I am thankful to live in such a beautiful country and think the National Trust do an incredible job. To think most of these properties have been preserved for future generations is amazing. I love visiting the properties and listening to the guided tours offered. For me I value learning about the past and the people who resided in these places.

Read the full original post here authored by Miranda Malanga. You can visit her blog here.

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