Herefordshire is blessed to have some of the most naturally beautiful countryside and historic properties in the country. As such it should come as little surprise to know that the National Trust are custodians of many of these assets in the county.
Lots of our owners of caravan holiday homes have annual National Trust membership passes. This grants access to their locations near to our park as well throughout the rest of the UK. Here we take a look at some of the best National Trust days out in Herefordshire.
This impressive country house with extensive gardens and parkland is a must see attraction. It is located around 3 miles north of Leominster so just a 15 minute drive from our holiday park.
The mansion house was built in 1778-81 for Thomas Harley, son of the 3rd Earl of Oxford. Berrington Hall is one of the few masterpieces remaining intact by the architect Henry Holland.
The Trust have embarked on a large scale project to revive the ‘Capability’ Brown designed walled gardens. So far the project has made significant improvements particularly to the curved walled garden. Judging by the plans and progress made so far, we think the finished result will look simply stunning.
Take a step back even further in time and pay a visit to the historic Croft Castle. The castle is located in a beautiful setting surrounded by parkland, woodland and farmland. The castle building that stands today built in Tudor times is in fact the third building to be given this title. The original wooden castle would have stood in the grounds which are now the parkland. Next to the castle is the impressive church which is also available to enter. The church houses the tomb of Sir Richard Croft.
Outside there are extensive gardens and grounds to explore. There are five different marked walking routes to follow and also a play area for younger visitors. And when in need of refreshments the Carpenter’s tea room is the perfect stop. Tuck into some light bites, including jacket potatoes, sandwiches, cake, sausage rolls and pasties.
The National Trust’s Cwmmau Farmhouse in Herefordshire, is fantastic example of an early 17th century ‘black and white’ timbered farmhouse. The external look of this property is finished beautifully with stone tiled roof and red brick chimneys.
This destination is fairly exclusive though as the rustic English Farmhouse is only open for a handful of days during the year. So if you are planning on visiting be sure to check the opening days before setting off. In the warmer months be sure to bring along a picnic and immerse yourself in the wild flower meadow next to the property. It is around 25 miles away from our Herefordshire static caravan park on the western edge of the county.
The Weir Garden is a picturesque river side garden near Swainshill. It lies alongside the River Wye around 5 miles to the west of Hereford. The garden covers 10 acres, and was created by its prior owner, Roger Parr, and his head gardener William Boulter. If you visit on a sunny day the gardens make a lovely sun trap. Make sure you pay a visit to the impressive glasshouse too, there’s plenty of great floral specimens to see there. There is also a walled garden which presents different flowers and plants to enjoy with the changing seasons.
The stunning medieval manor house at Brockhampton dates from around 1425 and is built from giant timbers which were originally felled on the estate. The house is open five days a week and is surrounded by an impressive moat and is entered via a timber-framed gatehouse.
There is no shortage of things to do for younger visitors here. They can explore various nature trails, woodlands and wild flower meadows on the estate. Around the grounds there are a number of well marked walks. These vary in length from 2 – 4 miles. Be sure to keep an eye out for the wooden sculpture of Harold the Horse. He can be found on the green walk.
On a fine weather day you will be treated to some brilliant views of the surrounding countryside. We think Brockhampton is certainly one of the best National Trust days out in Herefordshire.