From National Trust to privately owned properties, Herefordshire is ideal for lovers of gardens and architecture. Plan your trip with our handy downloadable guide for a day or longer, together with accommodation and great places to eat.
The Laskett Gardens is uniquely autobiographical Laskett Gardens is one of the largest private formal gardens to be laid out in England since 1945, the gardens form an ever evolving creation over forty years of the historian, writer and diarist Sir Roy Strong and his late wife, the designer, Julia Trevelyan Oman. Their four acres celebrate an orchestration of surprise and thrilling vistas. There are some twenty different and contrasting ‘rooms’ including a rose garden, a knot garden, an orchard, a pleached lime avenue, parterres, herbaceous borders and the Colonnade Court. New additions to the Gardens include an Italianate grotto and a pond approached through a winding woodland walk. This is the Sissinghurst of the late twentieth century; a unique portrait of its makers, with the story of their marriage and their extraordinary lives woven into its very fabric. Open 18 April – 27 July and 5 – 28 September 2017 by pre-booking. Groups only (minimum of 20 or joint groups) 10.30am & 2.30pm. Contact Fiona Fyshe to book. £12 per person inc detailed souvenir map and audio guide. Gift shop (no tearoom, own refreshments welcome).
Hellens Manor is an old beautiful private home Still serving as a residence but is also open to the public, administered by the Pennington-Mellor-Munthe Charity Trust, and hosting tour groups as well as cultural events such as lectures, concerts, school field-trips, and literary discussions, forming a key part of the cultural life of Much Marcle. The inside of the manor is impressive with Tudor style architecture and fine delicacies. The manor was originally occupied by French Monks but a short while after in the year of 1096 the manor was granted to the De Balun family who became witnesses of the signing of the Magna Carta. In 1301 Hellens went to Lords Audley, a nephew James who was companion to the Black Prince rented the manor for a pair of silver spurs. Afterwards he then leased the manor to Walter De Helyon who then later gave his name to the house. Over the following centuries the manor passed through several hands including those of Richard Walwyn who became occupier of Hellens Manor in the late 14th century, in the 15th century the wealthy family made many changes to the house. The Audleys and Walwyns held court in the stone hall, […]
Eastnor Castle is a great day out for the whole family! Open to visitors on selected days from Easter until the end of September, there is plenty to entertain and amuse visitors of all ages, including dogs who are most welcome. Visitors can explore the state rooms within Eastnor Castle where guides are on hand in every room to pass on their expert knowledge on the fascinating history of the castle. The beautiful grounds are home to a spectacular arboretum and a magnificent lake where visitors can walk freely or follow set trails and walks to discover some breath taking views and landscapes. A special children’s booklet is given to all children on arrival to encourage them to see and take part in the many fun activities such as the Adventure Playground, Knight’s Maze, Junior Assault Course and Land Rover Mini Off-Roaders. A varied and exciting events programme is put on throughout the year and these events are all included in the entrance price. There is a Gift Shop, Ice Cream Parlour and Tea Room offering hot and cold food, drinks and snacks. There are also picnic benches scattered all around the grounds so picnics can be enjoyed with a […]
Hergest Croft gardens is in the heart of beautiful North Herefordshire countryside and sits alongside Hergest Ridge at Kington. The gardens are as lovingly cared for today as they always have been and maintained in the Banks Family. Lawrence Banks and his wife, Elizabeth have managed the Gardens since 1988. He is the former Treasurer of the Royal Horticultural Society and she is a noted landscape architect and the RHS President since 2011. They have continued the tradition of planting newly introduced plants, particularly in the Maple Grove, which have been a feature of the garden since 1900. There is so much to discover at Hergest Croft, every visit can be like a first one! The gardens extend over 70 acres with more than 5000 rare trees and shrubs described as ‘one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs with over 85 Champion Trees’.There are five distinct areas: Hergest Croft Garden The Kitchen Garden with Spring and Herbaceous borders The Azalea Garden the Maple Grove The ParkWood There is a wonderful tea room in the old dining room which offers beautiful views while you relax with traditional home cooked food. In the hall is a gift shop, selling local wares and traditional gifts and a plant […]
Brobury House is a charming Victorian building… Brobury House and gardens is on the banks of the River Wye in Herefordshire near Bredwardine. The house is a charming Victorian building which the current owners Keith and Pru Cartright have renovated. There are eight acres of garden which have been nurtured to retain the original Victorian character. Set in the peace and tranquility of Brobury countryside, it is an ideal place to explore the city of Hereford, the Welsh Marches and the book lovers paradise of Hay on Wye. It is a place to relax and unwind. All are welcome, especially nature lovers, gardeners, artists, photographers and those who would just like to sit and picnic in beautiful surroundings. Bed & Breakfast at Brobury House offers modern en suite rooms with stunning views across the gardens. Breakfast is served in the conservatory and offers a full range of foods from full English to continental. Free WI-FI is available. If you are planning a longer stay, why not consider one of the beautifully peaceful cottages set within the 8 acres of Brobury House Gardens. A perfect rural retreat in the heart of Herefordshire countryside. Each cottage offers spacious kitchen, dining and living room […]
There are many compelling 20th century stories to uncover Croft Castle sits deep in the heart of Herefordshire countryside surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland. This intimate house became the Croft family home before the Domesday Book. 2017 is the 60th anniversary of Croft coming into our care when it was bought by the National Trust in 1957. Throughout 2017 we will be researching and sharing stories from that era and you can reminisce by getting involved in some of our 1950s events. In the castle you can live life as Sir James Croft and find out how the family bought back their home in 1923. Explore the family photographs or sit and read through the auction catalogues. Look out for the 1950s photographs and memorabilia which detail how Croft was at risk of demolition before 1957 and what it was like here then. Big kids and little kids can enjoy 1950s games and toys in the family room, complete with costumes for dressing up. Step outside and explore the working walled garden complete with historic orchards, vineyard and 1908 glasshouse. Ask our garden team about our ongoing glasshouse restoration project. Look out for the Georgian […]
Created as the ‘perfect house in the perfect setting’ Standing proud and strong, this fine Georgian mansion sits within ‘Capability’ Brown’s final garden and landscape. This year, supported by internationally renowned artists Heather and Ivan Morison, the team at Berrington Hall begin the planning and showcasing of the Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds Restoration Project. In the parkland, you can explore Brown’s work with Red Earth’s ‘Genius Loci’ exhibition. In the house, discover jewel-like interiors, designed by Henry Holland and home to the Harley, Rodney and Cawley families. See the Rodney maritime story reimagined through the Arts Council award winning ceramic sculpture ‘War & Pieces’ by Bouke de Vries in the Dining Room. Explore some of the extremes of the 18th-century in the wig and bum shop and discover the hidden ‘below stairs’. Created as the perfect house in the perfect setting, Berrington Hall has many secrets for visitors to uncover. In this, one of Henry Holland’s first houses, you can also explore the family rooms and see how the servants moved around the house unseen by the family and guests. The interiors include Biaggio Rebecca ceilings, fine period furniture and there are some pieces on display from the Charles […]
Escape to the spectacular Weir Gardens riverside garden and be absorbed by natural beauty. Bordered by the River Wye, The Weir Gardens sits within unspoilt Herefordshire countryside and has many historical secrets to uncover. For centuries this site has been used as a pleasure ground for fishing, boating and swimming. It is managed in a natural way to create a varied habitat for wildlife. In spring see carpets of bulbs littered between ancient trees, in summer enjoy a picnic by the river to watch the wildlife and in autumn visit the walled garden bursting with seasonal produce. Visit the garden any time of year to find out why this location has appealed to so many and enjoy exploring this tranquil haven. Please note: only assistance dogs are allowed in the gardens, all other dogs can be exercised in the car park picnic area. For more information about opening times, admission prices and what’s on, visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-weir-garden
Inviting visitors to discover more about key figures from the building’s past At the heart of this 687-hectare (1700-acre) farmed estate lies Lower Brockhampton, a romantic timber-framed manor house dating back to the late 14th century. The house is surrounded by a moat and is entered via a charming timber-framed gatehouse, built 1530-40. There are miles of walks through the park and woodland, featuring ancient trees, the picturesque Lawn Pool and various sculptures depicting parts of the history of Brockhampton and the local area. This is home to a rich variety of wildlife, along with historic farming breeds such as Hereford cattle and Ryeland sheep. Steeped in history, Brockhampton has witnessed many changes. Until 2014 the rear rooms in the manor house were being lived in and not open to the public. Over the last few years they have focused on peeling back the layers of history to show visitors how seven centuries of occupation have shaped the building you see today. For example, the original medieval great hall had an upper floor inserted into it by the family, in order to accommodate their many children. Brockhampton revealed invites visitors to discover more about key figures from the building’s past; […]
One of England’s best kept secrets, Hampton Court Castle is genuinely one of the most romantic houses in England The forerunner to the internationally renowned Hampton Court Palace in Surrey by some 80 years. Situated in the very heart of the Herefordshire, English countryside, the 15th Century Grade One Listed Castle is set in over 1000 acres of estate. The tastefully-appointed State Rooms, including the magnificent Ballroom and exquisitely hand-painted Chapel, are now open to the public for tours. The Castle also boasts 24 sumptuous bedrooms, with feature bathrooms, four of which can be viewed on our Castle tours. The original Victorian Walled Garden now contains breathtaking displays of flower beds, ornamental walkways, waterways, fountains, island pavilions, and cascades. The legendary wisteria tunnel is said to be almost 200 years old and leads to the Castle lawns and beyond to the secret garden and waterfall. Over a thousand yew trees have been planted to create a maze with a gothic tower at its centre offering panoramic views of the gardens. The ornamental kitchen garden includes fruits & vegetables all organically managed. Lunch or afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the Joseph Paxton designed Orangery Café where produce from the kitchen […]