The Henley Society’s next outing is planned for 2nd June with a visit to Hinton Ampner in Hampshire and time in Winchester for lunch and a visit to the Cathedral or discover the town generally. Details of the event and booking form is enclosed with their Newsletter. Leaving at 8.30am returning to Henley approx. 5.45pm
Hinton Ampner is an elegant Georgian Style National Trust Property set in attractive gardens and woodland to the east of Winchester.
The house was lovingly rebuilt by its last owner, Ralph Dutton, after a catastrophic fire in 1960. The beautiful proportioned rooms house his exquisite collection of Georgian furniture, ceramics and art, each window offering undisturbed views of the countryside beyond. Manicured lawns lead down avenues of sculptured topiary and at the time of our visit the roses should be in full bloom.
On arrival at the house, members may have coffee in the Stables Tea Room and wander around the gardens before the house opens at 11 a.m. There will not be a conducted tour and members will be free to wander round the house in their own time.
The plan is then to leave Hinton Ampner at 12.45 pm and travel into Winchester a short distance away where the coach will drop as near as possible to the Cathedral. Everyone will have time to eat at the many restaurants in the vicinity and visit the Cathedral and town centre before the coach leaves for Henley at 4.30pm.