On the 8th of September 2013, thirty two members of MDFAS spent five days visiting Oxford and the surrounding areas.

On Sunday we visited Hughenden manor, a very interesting house with a secret wartime history.  The house was previously the home of Benjamin Disraeli from 1848-1881.  During the second war the house became one of a network of sites used to produce target maps for bombing missions, there is a most informative exhibition in the basement detailing the part played during the war.  A wet Monday found us at Blenheim Palace the home of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough.  An interesting historical house with much to see and followed the theme of the previous day with its obvious war time connection to Winston Churchill.  We spent Tuesday morning in Oxford, followed by a relaxing river trip and tea.  Wednesdays visit was to Stonor the lovely family home of Lord and Lady Camoys which has been the home of the Stonor family for over eight hundred and fifty years.  This beautiful house is set in the Chiltern Hills within a large deer park and has a terraced walled garden.  A really enjoyable day out.  Before returning home on Thursday we visited Waterperry Gardens, established over eighty years ago by Beatrix Havergal as a School of Horticultural Studies for Ladies.  A most enjoyable and varied autumn tour.

Hughenden

 
Hughenden
Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

Stonor

Stonor

Stonor Walled Garden

Stonor Walled Garden

Waterperry Gardens

Waterperry Gardens

Waterperry Gardens

Waterperry Gardens