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Pictures of Dorney Court

a Historic Building in the town of Windsor, in the county of Berkshire

About Dorney Court

Dorney Court is unusual in that it has passed by direct descent, father to son, through 13 generations of the Palmer family in over 450 years.

The house, with its many gables is an attractive Grade I listed Tudor building, and is considered to be of architectural and historical importance. It is situated in the delightful village of Dorney, a few miles away from Windsor Castle. The village was mentioned in the Doomsday Book and Dorney Court has always been its manor house.

Beautiful grounds surround this interesting house and anyone visiting could be forgiven for thinking they have seen it before, for both the manor, its many outbuildings and grounds have been used as a backdrop for film and television productions.

The rooms here are crammed with wonderful treasures, the galleried hall and panelled rooms are full of fine period pieces, including 17th-century lacquered furniture, tapestries, paintings, silver and objects d'art. In the Great Hall your attention will be drawn to the large stone pineapple on display, this reflects the fact that the first pineapple to be grown in England, was grown here in 1661, the fruit was presented to Charles II. Looking around, particularly at the well tended, graceful exterior and the comfortable interior, it is easy to see that this house, in all its quiet charm is the work of an English gentleman. It perfectly epitomises English country life at its very best and illustrates the effect of squirearchy within an English country village.

A visit to the Garden Centre will reveal an interesting display of seasonal plants, here you can anything from a bowl of daffodils in spring to a variety of Christmas Trees in December! There is also an excellent range of home grown produce on sale in the attractive airy, shop which doubles as a cafe serving teas and light lunches.

Dorney Court with over a hundred acres of rich and varied countryside to explore, offers also the opportunity to visit the Norman church dedicated to St.James which is set close to the house. In the church you can see a pulpit from the mid-1600's, a 12th-century carved font and a family pew dating from the 18th-century.

This historic, picturesque property and lovely village offer a wonderful experience for all the family.

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