"which I knew I must read before going to Garsington"
Garsington Manor (1865)
Public DomainGarsington Manor (1865) - Credit: Henry Taunt (1842-1922)

Garsington Manor, in the village of Garsington near Oxford, was the country home between 1914 and 1928 of Lady Ottoline Morrell and her husband, the Liberal M.P. Philip Morrell.

Lady Ottoline Morrell
Public DomainLady Ottoline Morrell - Credit: George Charles Beresford (1864-1938)

Lady Morrell (1873-1938) was a renowned society hostess and patron of the arts who helped and befriended writers such as Aldous Huxley, Siegfried Sassoon, T.S. Eliot and D.H. Lawrence. She also had many friends amongst the group of artists, writers and intellectuals known as the Bloomsbury Group.

She is believed to be the inspiration for the character of Hermione Roddice in Lawrence's Women in Love and, possibly, for Lady Chatterley in his Lady Chatterley's Lover.

Aldous Huxley's first novel, Crome Yellow (1921), is considered to be a thinly-disguised version of life at Garsington.