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BROOK FARM AT BERRINGTON
A nice little place in the country

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A Farmstead dating from about 1550 in the Teme Valley amid the lovely Welsh Marches countryside and close to some of the best restaurants in the country. Our farmhouse nestles in about two acres of much-loved garden surrounded by our own woodland and meadows throughout which we are careful to protect the environment and its wildlife. The Garden is open to visitors Friday to Sunday, from May to September. Groups by appointment.

Guests can stay in the main house for B&B rooms or in either of the holiday cottages we have converted from the old farm buildings.We are rated Excellent by TripAdvisor and have featured in both the Times and the Indepedent lists of the top 50 places stay .

Brook Farm, Berrington, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8TJ. T: 01584819868; M: 07971534295

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STOCKTON BURY GARDENS

Visit the 4-acre gardens at Stockton Bury, near Leominster, Hereford and you’ll be greeted by impressive collections of plants, many rare and unusual that thrive on the heavy clay soil. The garden, set amongst medieval farm buildings, offers a working kitchen garden, pigeon house, tithe barn (which is now a restaurant) grotto, cider press, pools, mock ruined chapel and a rill. Stockton Bury is a home and working farm and has been developed over the last 30 years into one of the UK’s best-loved gardens.

This unique and well-crafted plantsman's garden not only boasts plenty of all year round interest and striking plant combinations but has views over the unspoilt surrounding countryside.

Stockton Bury, Kimbolton, Leominster HR6 0HB, Tel:01568 613432

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WESTONBURY MILL GARDENS

Laid out round a tangle of streams and ponds and punctuated with “dotty and delightful” follies (RHS Plant Finder) the garden is packed with beauty and fun. The water-spouting gargoyles of the Stone Tower are viewed across the lush abundance of the Bog Garden, and the Spiral Mound gives wonderful views of the wild flower meadow and surrounding hills.

Massed waterside primulas and irises make a kaleidoscope of colour, matched by the sunlit sparkle of the thousands of coloured bottles which make the Dome. Giant plants divide the garden to provide a surprise around every corner.

Just completed is the half-timbered giant cuckoo clock, in which the water powered mechanism is open for inspection and the first floor provides a splendid view of the garden.

The garden has been featured in The Times, the Telegraph, Country Life and every national gardening 'glossy'.

Westonbury Mill is in a wonderfully peaceful area of the Welsh Marches close to the historic half timbered village of Pembridge. It is signed from the A44 1½ miles from Pembridge in the direction of Kington

Westonbury Mill Water Gardens, Pembridge, Herefordshire HR6 9HZ Tel: 01544 388650

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KENTCHURCH COURT GARDENS

The gardens at Kentchurch Court have developed over the years since John Lucy Scudamore inherited the house in 1815. Much of the 25 acre gardens roots can be found in the picturesque landscape style, popular during that period.

Under a canopy of mature trees, rhododendrons and azaleas, planted by Jack Lucas Scudamore in the late 1950s, provide for the rhododendron connoisseur an interesting collection, flowering from February through to May.Terraces, bridges, cascades and dams have been discovered to the north of the garden

The recently created borders in the walled garden house a comprehensive collection of geraniums, digitalis, nepeta, rudbekia and many other plant families. There is always something new to see from the first hellebores through to the last of the asters.

To the south the terraced lawns lead to a mature apple orchard, under planted with alliums and tulips. Herbaceous borders open out on to a working vegetable garden providing produce to the house throughout the year.

Jan Lucas-Scudamore Kentchurch Court Pontrilas Hereford HR2 0DB Phone 01981 240 228  

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MOOR'S MEADOW GARDEN & NURSERY

 This enchanting 7 acre organic garden overlooking the beautiful Kyre valley has been created and lovingly tended by the same family since 1955. With its originality of design and intriguing features and sculptures it is full of inspiration and ideas.

There are many areas to explore and the meandering paths add to a sense of surprise and secrecy and will lead you through extensive shrubberies, fernery, grass garden and spring garden, past ponds and pools and herbaceous beds and borders. Wander into cottage-style gardens, kitchen garden and herb garden with every turn revealing another rarity.  Continue down to the wild flower meadow with numerous specimen trees and shrubs, an oak circle, countless bulbs and small lake. Moors Meadow is a garden of peace and tranquillity with a phenomenal range of plant and wildlife species and was voted the “most romantic” garden in Central England.  Meet the eccentric plantswomen and admire the skill of the Artist Blacksmith.

Moors Meadow, Collington, Bromyard, Herefordshire HR7 4LZ Tel: 01885 410318  M: 07812 041179

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WHIMBLE GARDENS


Whimble gardens and nursery is situated in the picturesque Radnor Valley. Owner Elizabeth Taylor welcomes visitor from 31 March. The nursery offers and extensive range of hardy perennials, grasses and sedges, hardy ferns and annuals. Stop for coffee and cake and stroll around the delightful garden that incorporates formal and informal design.

Whimble Gardens and Nursery, Kinnerton, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2PD Tel: 01547 560413.  

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RHODD'S FARM

 Cary Goode is the owner and creator of the 2 acre gardens at Rhodds Farm. Open by appointment the garden offers formal and informal planting and extensive managed woodland. The layout and planting in the garden is testament to her design skills. You can also book to stay in the Barn that overlooks the garden.

Rhodds Farm, Rhodds Farm, Lyonshall, Kington, Herefordshire HR5 3LW Tel:01544 340120  

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AULDEN FARM

Aulden Farm is an informal three acre  country garden, planted with wildlife in mind. The emphasis is on structure and form with a hint of quirkiness, a garden to explore with eclectic planting. Irises thrive around the natural pond, there are shady beds and open borders, seats abound,  it feels mature but  is still evolving.  

Home of the National Collection of Siberian Iris. Groups and individuals are most welcome  by arrangement from April through to September, just phone or email. We also give talks, please see our website for further details and photos of the garden. lun and Jill Whitehead have created an informal 3 acre garden which is home to the National Collection of Siberian Iris. Open from April to July on  Thursdays and Fridays 10am-5pm and on Thursdays only in August and September, other times by arrangement. Groups and individuals are most welcome and we also give talks, please see our website for further details.

Aulden Farm, Aulden, nr Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0JT Tel: 01568 720129 

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Hergest Croft Gardens lies in the heart of the Welsh Marches with stunning views towards the Black Mountains. There are gorgeous flower borders. An old fashioned Kitchen Garden, Azalea Garden, Maple Grove, and Park Wood, all to discover. With a Gift Shop and Tearooms the Gardens are the perfect place to explore and relax.

Haywood Cabin Holiday Let is perched at the top of Hergest Croft Gardens, just above the Maple Grove.  It is an idyllic rural setting, perfect for those looking for undisturbed peace and tranquillity. Guests at the Cabin are offered complimentary admission to Hergest Croft Gardens, with the added benefit that they are free to visit outside opening hours and enjoy the gardens at their most serene. 

Hergest Croft Gardens, Ridgebourne Road, Kington, Herefordshire HR5 3EG. Tel: 01544 230160 Fax: 01544 232031

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IVYCROFT GARDENS

The garden was started in 1997. The cottage is surrounded by formal beds filled with a wide range of plants. Paths lead away from the cottage into less formal areas, set in open grassland. Plantings of willows, grasses, ferns and snowdrops surround the ecological water treatment system and seasonal pond. Mixed borders lead to a young perry pear orchard, a vegetable garden surrounded by trained fruit trees and an embrionic ‘natural wood’.

Ivington Green, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0JN Tel: 01568 720344

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BRYAN'S GROUND

Three acres of intimate garden rooms that have been growing since 1913. Furnished with follies and fragrant flowers, towers and topiary, pools and a potager, and paths to five acres of specimen trees on the banks of a river, on the border with Wales.

David Wheeler and Simon Dorrell, Bryan’s Ground, Stapleton (Nr. Presteigne) Herefordshire LD8 2LP Tel: 01544 260001

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LITTLE QUEBB COTTAGES

Country Cottages on the Welsh border. The Old Barn and the Granary are two award winning newly converted cottages in the courtyard of our listed black and white farmhouse at Little Quebb. We offer weekend, mid week and full week breaks and a chance to sample the 'Good Life' on our peaceful and productive smallholding in beautiful North Herefordshire countryside.  We welcome walkers and cyclists:  we are happy to advise on walking and cycling routes, and have bike storage and drying facilities. We welcome families and groups of friends: children are encouraged to help with feeding our rare breed pigs and chickens, and have lots of space to run around in.

Little Quebb Farm, Eardisley, Herefordshire, HR3 6LP Tel: 01544 32712

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HERBFARMACY HOLIDAY LETS 

Herb Farm Cottage: Sleeps 4 – 1 double and 1 twin. A 400 year old oak beamed cottage tastefully updated and re-furbished. With South facing front garden over-looking open countryside.Front door leading to an oak-beamed sitting room with fire place and wood-burner with adjoining fully-fitted kitchen and dining room, with modernised bathroom on the ground floor. Upstairs leading to two bedrooms one with a Double bed and one with twin beds - both rooms with fine views!  Herb Farm House: Sleeps 3 -5 – one double, one single – and 5 with bed settee. A timber clad house with oak front door leading into hallway with access to upstairs and door leading to large kitchen/diner, from this room a doorway leads into a conservatory with comfortable seating and access to side garden These are non smoking houses. Sorry - Pets  welcome only in Herb Farm House.

The Field, Eardisley, Herefordshire, HR3 6NB. T: 01497 820749.

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AA award winning Jacobean black and white farmhouse with self-catering cottages two miles from the Welsh border, close to Hay-on-Wye. 

A one-acre farmhouse garden and two secret gardens and nearly 300 Herefordshire farm acres to roam around. B&B is available in the farmhouse for special occasions.  

Upper Newton Farmhouse, Kinnersley, Herefordshire HR3 6QB 
T:01544 327727  M: 07585004751

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BROBURY HOUSE & GARDENS 

Brobury Gardens comprise eight acres of delightfully varied terraced gardens surrounding an imposing turreted Victorian House. The gardens are set against a sculptural backdrop of mature trees on an exquisitely beautiful section of the River Wye. It is truly a garden for all seasons,from the first flush of spring blossom to the spectacular late autumnal blaze.... and beyond into the pale light of winter, there is always interest and beauty. Come and experience for yourself the peace and tranquility of Brobury, as a day visitor, B&B guest in the main house or self-catering guest in one of our two holiday cottages in the grounds. The gardens are open daily, we also welcome groups from 12 to 50

Brobury House, Brobury, Herefordshire HR3 6BS T: 01981 500229 .  

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BURFORD HOUSE & GARDENS

Burford House Gardens near Tenbury Wells was originally designed in 1952 by the late John Treasure, a nurseryman specialising in clematis, around the Georgian house that is now an emporium of interior furnishings and gifts. Surrounded by 6 acres of famous landscaped gardens alongside the picturesque River Teme & Ledwych Brook, Burford features a collection of some 150 Clematis , formal ponds, walks, lawns and borders, -  all for free! Now managed by an enthusiastic team of volunteers headed by Paul Benson who are in the process of renovating the gardens back to their former glory.   There is also a large garden centre and licensed cafe-bar serving local produce. Open every day.

Burford House Garden Store Ltd Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire WR15 8HQ.       T: 01584 810777.  

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HAMPTON COURT CASTLE & GARDENS 

Hampton Court Castle & Gardens is an historic 15th century Castle on the banks of the River Lugg in rural Herefordshire,  surrounded by 1000 acres of stunning parkland, woodland, pasture and 12 acres of magnificent new, organically managed gardens.  

 The gardens also include a walled kitchen garden, beautiful herbaceous borders, a canal with twin island pavilions, water rills, bubble pools, a rose garden, 160 year old Wisteria tunnel, peaceful riverside walks and a 1,000-yew maze, with a gothic tower at its centre which offers panoramic views and a secret tunnel which leads you to a waterfall in the sunken garden. Private hire available.  

 

Hampton Court Castle & Gardens, Nr Hope Under Dinmore, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0PN. Tel: 01568 797 777

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HELLENS MANOR  

Nestled in around 12 acres of gently formal gardens, Hellens Manor is a living monument to much of England's history.
 
The gardens here reflect the C17 ambience of the house. One can amble around a Jacobean inspired Knot Garden, journey within a Yew Labyrinth, take in the scents of heritage roses in the Cloister Gardens and explore the recently planted physic garden. Beyond the grass lawns and kitchen gardens, untamed edges lead to woodland walks, an ancient wild-flower meadow, and two large ponds.

Hellens is owned and administrated by the Pennington-Mellor-Munthe Charity Trust, and whilst still serving partly as a family home, it is also a thriving centre for community and cultural activities.  

Open; Easter - 3rd of October on Wed, Thurs, Sun and Bank Holiday afternoons.

Hellens, Much Marcle, Herefordshire, HR8 2LY. Tel: 01531 660504. 

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OLD COURT NURSERIES & PICTON GARDEN

Old Court Nurseries was established in 1906 and has specialised in breeding and growing Michaelmas Daisies from that day onwards. Today we hold the Plant Heritage National Collection of Autumn flowering Asters (Michaelmas Daisies) with over 415 varieties. This vast array can be seen in our 1 1/2 acre display garden August to October, where they create a tapestry of colour with other late season perennials backed by a fine selection of rare and unusual trees and shrubs. You can also purchase many of the varieties in the collection from the nursery or by mail order..  

Old Court Nurseries, Walwyn Rd, Collwall,  Malvern, Herefordshire WR13 6QE T: 01684 540416 

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PERRYCROFT GARDEN

 

High up on the west side of the Malvern Hills with views across Herefordshire as far as Hay Bluff, Perrycroft was designed by the Arts and Crafts architect CFA Voysey and built in 1895.  A formal garden near to the house is sheltered by yew hedges and Malvern stone walls and contains yew topiary and box hedging  The borders are designed to extend the season from Spring into the Autumn, with a growing collection of Salvias and other hardy and half hardy shrubs and perennials chosen for late summer beauty.  The formal garden gives way to the wilder areas below the house, with meadows managed to encourage native wildflowers, rhododendrons and azaleas, woodland and bog garden.   Perrycroft Garden is open to visitors all year by appointment, and three times a year for the NGS.    

We also have a holiday cottage within the grounds, Garden Cottage, the former gardener's cottage for Perrycroft (link here).  

Contact:  Jubilee Drive,  Upper Colwall,  Malvern,  Herefordshire,  WR13 6DN Gillian Archer M:  07858 393767

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MONTPELLIER COTTAGES

We have two secluded getaways on our four acre property in a secret valley on the Herefordshire/Powys border between Kington and Hay-on-Wye. One, a guest suite in a rustic-contemporary building - The Pavilion, offers B&B accommodation; the other is a self-catering shepherd's hut.

The Pavilion overlooks the extensive garden created by Noel Kingsbury since 2005. Built using an innovative stray-clay eco-building technique, it has all mod cons but a rustic atmosphere: shades of an Indian hill-station, rural Mexico or the American West. Breakfast is served on the verandah. A continental-style breakfast including home-made jam, bread and eggs from Jo's hens, is served for you to eat on the verandah or in the room. The Hut is a cosy retreat at the bottom of a wildflower meadow, in a very secluded location. Its adjoining outdoor covered kitchen is fully equipped for self-catering. A compost loo and gas-powered shower are available a short distance away. There is a network of footpaths which join the property - you don't even have to see a car or a road.

Whitney-on-Wye, Brilley Hereford, Herefordshire HR3 6HF

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THE RETREAT

The Retreat is  a single apartment in a cottage above the private heated indoor swimming pool with sauna giving it wonderful views across the fields. The Retreat comprises a luxurious double bedroom with en-suite shower featuring a king size bed and Chinese furniture. A proper fold-out double bed settee allows extra sleeping in the sitting area. Double doors and a Juliet balcony give views across the croquet lawn. The fully equipped kitchen is tucked in the corner of the generous living area with flat screen TV, comfortable chairs and a dining table. A wide double-glazed glass screen leads to an elevated paved balcony with outdoor seating and distant views to the church and historic Wolferlow Court.

The large gardens are open each year (one day on 13 June 2015) for the National Garden Scheme and include an orchard, wildflower meadow with ponds, herbaceous borders and distant views across neighbouring farmland. Well away from any busy roads the property is peaceful and private.

The Retreat is ideal for a couple looking for a romantic and luxury getaway or to bring the baby / younger children and enjoy a family time together.

The Retreat at Wolferlow House, Wolferlow, Bromyard HR7 4QA T: 01886 853311

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