Croft Castle, Yarpole, Leominster, Herefordshire
Another great day out from the National Trust – a visit to Croft Castle near Leominster. This 17th century castellated manor has been home to the Croft family for centuries; you can find out about them in the house and see their portraits in the gallery; admire the grand dining room, the elegant Saloon, and the thousands of books in the Library.
The gardens are a delight, with a secret garden, walled garden, small working vineyard, glasshouses and historic apple trees with lovely old Herefordshire varieties like Adam’s Pearmain, Brown Snout, Doctor Hare, Downton Pippin, Gennet Moyle and Herefordshire Beefing. And then there’s the wider estate to explore, covering 1,500 acres in total. Walk through the woods, stroll up to the Iron Age Fort, look out for wildlife, hop, skip and jump, run as fast as your legs can carry you and hear the happy shrieks of the younger folk when they discover the natural play area with a rope swing and balance beams.
It's just lovely, is Croft Castle, a hark back to how big country estates used to be, before most of them became hotels and wedding venues. Opposite the castle there’s a little parish church, in the Georgian stable block there’s a pre-loved bookshop, and in true National Trust style there’s a tea room.
Opening times vary throughout the year so best to check the website.
T: 01568 780246 All information correct at the time of writing