Yesterday morning, our CAA group traveled the short distance from Eton to nearby Dorney Court, where we enjoyed a lengthy, in-depth tour of this exquisite, and beautifully preserved, Tudor manor house.

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We started out in the largest hall in the house, where the lord of the manor would hold court in the house’s earlier days. Here, we were offered coffee, tea, and homemade cakes. And then we split into two groups for our tour(s). One of the tour guides is on the right in this photo …

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As you can see here, the house has, um, settled a bit during its 500-or-so years …

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This is the gorgeous Jacobean fireplace mantel in one of the oldest rooms in the house …

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In the center, our group’s tour guide, who is standing in front of a lovely old mirror …

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Every room in this wonderful old house looks like it’s straight out of a museum, or a movie set, or some super-high-end antiques store … but it’s also completely lived in. It’s an amazing combination of English history, architectural history, and family history.

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Another view of the large hall where our tour began …

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… just outside the frame of the photo above, is this delightful Victorian-era rocking horse, built for three young children …

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Finally, a view of one of the side gardens. All the irises were blooming while we were there …

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