Garsington Manor

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Garsington Manor, in the village of Garsington, near Oxford, England, is a Tudor building, best known as the former home of Lady Ottoline Morrell. The manor was built on land once owned by the son of the poet Geoffrey Chaucer, and at one time had the name "Chaucers". Lady Ottoline and her husband, Philip Morrell, bought the manor house in 1914, at which time it was in a state of disrepair, having been in use as a farmhouse. They completely restored it, creating landscaped Italian-style gardens, and it became a haven for their friends, including D.H. Lawrence, Siegfried Sassoon, Lytton Strachey, Aldous Huxley and Bertrand Russell. In 1916, they invited conscientious objectors, including Clive Bell and other bloomsberries, to come and work on the home farm for the duration of the war, so as to avoid prosecution. The Morrells moved out in 1928.Aldous Huxley spent time here before he wrote Crome Yellow.

It is currently owned by the Ingrams. Mr Ingram being a Merchant Banker. They are well known for the Opera they put on every year in the Gardens as well as letting the local Amateur Dramatics Society and The Church use the grounds.

Information has come to light that the manor may now be owned by Ian Hislop's brother.

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