- Disabled access
- Dog friendly
Gardens, Historic House, Venue
‘The jewel in the crown of Herefordshire homes’ COUNTRY HOMES.
Hellens is a much-loved Tudor/Jacobean home with an incredible tapestry of stories, characters, art and furniture, grounds and gardens and a history dating back to 1057. It is one of the oldest historic homes in England and a living monument to much of England’s history. Attractions include heirlooms of Anne Boleyn, the haunted bed chamber prepared for Queen Mary Tudor, the panelled Music Room adorned with it’s English Renaissance frieze, paintings by Gainsborough, Van Dyke, Edward Burne-Jones and Goya, and the fascinating story of Hetty Walwyn.
The grounds and gardens are designed along Tudor and Jacobean lines to reflect the house’s history. The gardens are dog friendly and include a yew labyrinth, a rare octagonal dovecote, a physic garden, a knot garden and wonderful views to the Malvern Hills. The grounds cover 150 acres of ancient SSI woodland and wild flower meadows, with trees ranging from Wellingtonia and Blue Atlas Cedars to many rare varieties of fruit trees. In spring the woods are full of wild flowers – daffodils, orchids, anemones and bluebells.
Hellens is open to the public on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 1 April to 15 October, 10.30am to 5.00pm. Access to the House is by guided tour which can be booked online at www.hellensmanor.com. Admission to the grounds, gardens and tearoom is free and you do not need to book in advance. Our tearoom serves a range of delicious homemade soups, cakes and scones.
Hellens is also a venue for educational and cultural events throughout the year, including a monthly Produce Market, concerts and workshops.