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Seasonal Candlelit Tours

November 22, 2014

Island Hall candlelit tea

Book your atmospheric seasonal tea experience now!


Thursday 13th 3.00pm *Special Candlelit Tour

Saturday 22nd 3.00pm *Special Candlelit Tour


Wednesday 10th 3.00pm *Special Festive Victorian Christmas Candlelit Tour

*Special Candlelit Tours are a magical opportunity to experience Island Hall’s lovingly restored Georgian rooms by glittering candlelight. Join award-winning interior designer, owner Christopher Vane Percy for an atmospheric afternoon tour. Listen to the intriguing stories of Island Hall’s history and tales of its residents past and present, then enjoy a delicious full homemade tea with fresh, finger sandwiches and a slice of rich, festive cake.


Meet The Wildlife Trust Saturday 27th September 2014

August 23, 2014

Enjoy tea & cakes with your local Wildlife Trust in the grounds of Island Hall, Godmanchester

on Saturday 27th September 11.00am – 2.00pm

* Find out about The Wildlife Trust’s plans for Godmanchester Nature Reserve at Cow Lane

* Meet their local staff and volunteers and find out more about their work

* Hear inspirational talks from Brian Eversham, Chief Executive of the Wildlife Trust BCN, and Amy Robinson our Ouse Valley Community Engagement Officer

* Explore with us to reveal the many birds, bugs and mammals that make this hidden island delight their home

This is a ticket only event. Tickets are just £5.00 per person with funds raised going directly to support The Wildlife Trust. Tickets can be purchased online.

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Booking closes on 19th September.

The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire works to make our three counties a place where nature matters, where wildlife can flourish and enrich the lives of the people who live here: with your help they care for local wildlife. Ninety five per cent of the local population live within five miles of one of their 126 reserves and contributions of time or money will directly benefit local wildlife

The European Boxwood & Topiary Society Visit to Island Hall 6th July 2014

July 8, 2014

“I would like to thank you most sincerely both personally and on behalf of the EBTS Group, for allowing us to visit Island Hall last Sunday Morning. You were most generous with the welcoming coffee and biscuits and also very kind to let us see inside your wonderful house. The view if the garden from upstairs was indeed special and the house itself had a great atmosphere within it – just the sort of place we like to visit.

What a treat to walk round the gardens and feel the essence of what you have created. Thank you for taking the time to walk around with the Group to bring alive what you have developed at Island Hall. A fascinating history made alive by your enthusiasm and knowledge.

A wonderful visit which made up such an important part of our memorable AGM weekend in Cambridge.


Yours sincerely,


Mark Hopkins”

The European Boxwood and Topiary Society, UK Chairman



Count Down to Our 2nd Annual Red Cross Courtyard Charity Craft Market & Garden Opening! Sunday 13th July 2014

July 1, 2014

Less than two weeks to go until our 2nd annual courtyard craft & garden event. All our confirmed 22 crafters are hard at work creating their beautiful wares! Please make 13th July a date for your diary. Entrance to the Courtyard Craft Market is FREE. Entrance to the Garden is £4.00 per adult and FREE for accompanied children. All proceeds from the garden opening go to the Red Cross, so why not pop along and support a good cause, whilst picking up some locally made goodies too?!

Craft Market Photo

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Rienzi House Museum of Fine Arts: UK Houses Tour & Lunch 15th June 2014 Island Hall

June 20, 2014

Rienzi House Museum of Fine Arts visited us recently all the way from Texas as the first stop in their Grand Tour. Shortly after we received this much appreciated, letter of thanks:

“Having returned from England & somewhat digested my trip, I wanted to take a moment to tell you what a wonderful visit I had at Island Hall on June 15th.  It was absolutely the perfect choice to start our trip.  The walk thru the garden & over the bridge introduced me to the vistas of the English countryside; I will always have that memory.  

Island Hall is charming & recommends itself not only for the scale & liveability of the house but the beautiful interiors.  As an introduction into the Georgian world, it was perfect.”

Pamela Hunt


Rienzi House Museum of Fine Arts
Houston, Texas USA


Sunday 1st June National Garden Scheme CHARITY GARDEN OPENING

May 31, 2014

11.00am – 5.00pm charity entrance fee 4.00 pounds (accompanied children free). Teas and refreshments with homemade cakes will be available.

Island Hall is also featured as one of just 50 ‘Treasures’ from the schemes gardens to be showcased in The Gardens of England.

The book is a celebration of more than eighty years of Garden visiting through the National Gardens Scheme. “This selection of the best gardens, represent of all styles, both public and private that participate in the scheme.”

Island Hall, which celebrates 20 years of opening under the scheme, is the home of Christopher and Lady Linda Vane Percy, Christopher, a past president of the British Institute of Interior design, and Regional Chairman of The Historic Houses Association, started to plan and lay out the gardens at Island Hall in the early 80’s, having reclaimed is his ancestral home in 1983

ALL MONEY RAISED  goes straight to NGS charities:

Since its foundation, the National Gardens Scheme has donated over £42.5 million to nominated beneficiaries, of which nearly £23 million has been donated within the last ten years. Their continuing support means that for most of their beneficiaries we are the largest cumulative donor in their histories.

Please see the National Garden Scheme Website for details.


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Calling All Crafters!!! Red Cross Garden Opening & Courtyard Craft Market on Sunday 13th July 2014

April 25, 2014

Please apply NOW to reserve your space at our second annual Red Cross Garden Opening & Courtyard Craft Market on Sunday 13th July. Stalls are still just £25.00 please email or message us for more information.

If you are thinking of visiting the Craft Market – IT’S FREE ENTRY! So why not?!

11.00am – 4.00pm and Garden Charity Opening entrance fee £4.00 (accompanied children FREE).

Please email us for an application form



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