Shropshire & Welsh Borders Garden Tour
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Hills & moorland
Our visits include the new 12-acre garden at Hampton Court Castle, and the David Austen Rose Garden, home to over 700 varieties of roses. We can also admire the Italianate terraces of Powis Castle, plus a number of superb private gardens in Shropshire and surrounding counties.
- Explore the delightful gardens of Shropshire
- David Austin Roses, with over 700 varieties
- The Dorothy Clive Garden
- Superb private gardens by special appointment
Great reasons to join us:
- Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus five full-day excursions, with all admissions to gardens included
- Knowledgeable leader: learn more about the gardens of Shropshire from your knowledgeable leader
- Accommodation: extensive views stretch over the surrounding hills, and a real focus on food
- Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - visit gardens together, eat together and relax together
Longmynd House is set in a wonderful elevated location above the town of Church Stretton. With excellent walks on the doorstep, and extensive public rooms, it's an excellent base for our walking and leisure activity holidays.
Longmynd House has 50 bedrooms, all in the main building. There are also 8 brick-built lodges in the grounds - a popular alternative for families or couples, with all the facilities you would expect from HF Holidays.
Choose your room
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children
|• Excellent boot and drying rooms
• Extensive public rooms
• Large dining room with outstanding views of Stretton Valley
• Lounge bar with outstanding views of Stretto Valley
• Central lounge
|• Three additional rooms, can be used for other purposes
• Free WiFi is available in some public rooms and bedrooms
• Range of board games and books
|• Large heated swimming pool (open May to September)
• Woodland walks on the slopes beneath the hotel
• Sculpture trail
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Friday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Saturday: Powis Castle & Glasevern Hall
We pop over the border into Wales, to Welshpool where we enjoy an extended visit exploring the medieval Powis Castle where the celebrated gardens, set out in a series of Italianate style terraces, are claimed to be one of the National Trust’s richest flower gardens. Staying in Welshpool we visit the 25-acre gardens at Glansevern Hall, where we see intriguing gardens surrounding the beautiful Greek revival house, with a delightful mix of a lake, woodland rill and folly garden.
Sunday: Hodnet Hall & Wollerton Old Hall
Hodnet Hall is the place to enjoy open parkland, lakes and beautiful reflective views of the hall, the home of the Heber-Percy family. Within the grounds there is a wonderful example of a tithe barn, an interesting dovecote and a working walled garden. A delightful 4-acre garden awaits us this afternoon at Wollerton Old Hall, renowned for its salvias, clematis and roses growing in controlled exuberance. Hedges, walls and linier paths have been laid out to create separate gardens, each having its own style and ethos.
Monday: Free Day
A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House.
Tuesday: David Austin Rose Garden & the Dorothy Clive Garden
Feel uplifted in spirit as only a rose garden can do as we the fabulous David Austin Rose Garden, home to over 700 different varieties of roses, including the National Collection of English roses. The gardens are set out in a series of rooms connected by rose arches dripping in colour and fragrance. We then explore the Dorothy Clive Garden, an 8-acre garden created out of a former gravel pit. The garden was designed by Colonel Harry Clive in 1940 for his wife Dorothy who had failing health and loved to relax in the garden that her husband had created for her.
Wednesday: Bryan’s Ground & Preen Manor
Deep in the Shropshire countryside, Bryan’s Ground is a 8.5-acre private garden described as an idyllic, quintessential English garden filled with horticultural delights, wit and style. The garden wraps around a delightful Arts and Craft house - the home of David Wheeler and Simon Dorrell, publishers of Hortus. We then visit the 6-acre Preen Manor, built on the site of a Cluniac monastery. It’s a gem of a garden, lovingly developed over 30 years with kitchen, water and wild gardens all set against a wonderful backdrop of far-reaching views over the surrounding countryside.
Thursday: Hampton Court Castle & Stockton Bury Gardens
We visit the new 12-acre garden at Hampton Court Castle, considered to be one of the most ambitious gardens of our time: water canals, island pavilions, avenues, wonderful colourful borders surrounded by extensive parkland and the river Lugg. Then enjoy the Stockton Bury Gardens, described as a true plantsmans’ garden. The garden wraps around the farm house with interesting old outbuildings, cider press and a fine example of a tithe barn where delicious home-made teas can be enjoyed.
Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast
We wish we could, but we can’t manage the weather, traffic jams or other venue’s operations, so if this holiday needs to change for those, or any other reasons, your leader will help smooth the way.
During your stay at Longmynd House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Shropshire:
The attractive small town of Church Stretton is around 10 minutes' walk away. After the arrival of the railway, the town grew in the Victorian and Edwardian eras and became known as 'Little Switzerland' due to the dramatic hills on both sides of the valley. Today the town retains its bygone charm and has a range of facilities including a variety of small shops, banks, cafés, pubs and a supermarket.
Easily reached by train, or around 20 minutes' drive away, Ludlow is a particularly attractive market town. The historic centre retains many of its medieval buldings, and is towered over by its well-preserved castle. In recent years the town has developed as something of a gastronomic centre, being home to celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants and many acclaimed local food producers. www.ludlowcastle.com
A little further afield, about 45 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, are the many excellent museums of Ironbridge Gorge. Known as the 'birthplace of the Industrial Revolution' it was here that Abraham Darby perfected the manufacture of cast iron which was later used to build the area's iconic iron bridge across the River Severn. Today there are 10 museums in the gorge including the Museum of Iron, the Coleport China Museum and the excellent Blists Hill Victorian town. www.ironbridge.org.uk/
Severn Valley Railway
The Severn Valley Railway is one of Britain's premier steam railways. This lovingly recreated Great Western Railway branch line is now run largely by volunteers and is home to an impressive collection of locomotives. As its name suggests the line follows the rural valley of the River Severn from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster. The nearest station at Bridgnorth is about 40 minutes' drive from Church Stretton. www.svr.co.uk
Acton Scott Working Farm
Situated just 10 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, the Acton Scott Working Farm Museum is a living museum based around a restored Victorian farm. In recent years this has featured in the BBC2 series Victorian Farm and Escape in Time. www.actonscott.com
Also easily reached by train, or a 30 minute drive, Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire. The town centre is particularly attractive featuring many black and white timber houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries.
The small town of Much Wenlock, about 30 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, is particularly attractive with many black and white timbered houses. Despite its small size the town can claim to be the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games.
The cathedral city of Hereford, is just under an hour's drive away, and can also be reached by direct train from Church Stretton. Hereford Cathedral houses a chained library and the famous Mappa Mundi, a 13th century map of the world. www.herefordcathedral.org
A grand 18th century house surrounded by an extensive deer park, located outside Shrewsbury, around 25 minutes' drive away. Now managed by the National Trust you can visit the ornate rooms and explore the walled garden and grounds. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park
This former medieval fortress has been remodelled over more than 400 years – each generation adding to the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries. Theworld-famous garden is overhung with clipped yews, and shelters rare and tender plants. The castle is located near Welshpool, about 45 minutes' drive from Church Stretton. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle
Just under an hour's drive north of Church Stretton, Chirk Castle is a fine medieval fortress completed in 1310. As well as military displays, the castle was also a domestic home for many centuries, and is surrounded by excellent gardens. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle
Powis Castle image ©National Trust/Andrew Butler, Chirk Castle image ©National Trust ImagesMatthew Antrobus
Travel to Church Stretton
Our address is: Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG
The nearest train station is Church Stretton, which is less than a mile from Longmynd House. However the house is at the top of a very steep hill (it has great views!) so a taxi is recommended, particularly if you have heavy luggage. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
HF station transfer - great value!
Our station transfer operates every Friday and Monday between Church Stretton station and Longmynd House. The pickup is at 3.15pm from Church Stretton station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to the station for 9.15am or 9.45am. This transfer costs just £5 return, however a place must be reserved in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.
If you can’t meet our station transfer it is possible to book a taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Longmynd House Manager.
Follow the A49 to Church Stretton. At the traffic lights turn off the A49 into the town. At the first T junction turn left into the High Street. Go straight over the mini-roundabout, and then take the next right into Cunnery Road. Follow the road up a steep hill and around a hairpin bend. Longmynd House is at the top of the hill on the left hand side. Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.
Travelling from overseas
Manchester Airport has the quickest onward connections to Church Stretton. Trains from the airport take 2 hours, with one change at Crewe. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4½ hours to reach Church Stretton by train. There are a variety of routes, but the most convenient is to change at London Paddington and Newport as this avoid crossing London. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
Sue Flynn is working on a diploma in botanical painting with the Society of Botanical Artists since following retirement in 2015, and is enjoying having more time to dedicate to her interests in horticulture and botany.
A qualified nurse since the age of 18, in addition to NHS duties, she undertook private aeromedical repatriation work and taught medical first aid and advanced life support to crews of private jet aircraft and superyachts. Sue has been a walking leader for HF Holidays since 2000 and says it has been her pleasure to guide guests to a carefree, relaxing and fun time, incorporating her love of flowers and enthusiasm for natural history.
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|30 Jun 2017||CSGDT - Shropshire & Welsh Borders Gardens Tour - Church Stretton||7||£1,035.00||£1,015.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person