Explore the sustainable estate

Watch the blade slice through huge logs  © National Trust

Watch the blade slice through huge logs

There is much more to Florence Court than the mansion which lies at the heart of the estate. Take a short walk and you will discover the cattle yard, blacksmiths forge, the laundry yard which has recently been opened to the public and contains the dairy, wash room, drying room and ironing room.

Discover the carpenter’s workshop which is in operation on a regular basis throughout the season, as one of our volunteers steps into the carpenter's role, creating all kinds of woodwork using wood from the estate. Explore further to find the saw mill, where the wheel still turns by the flow from the mill pond (on special event days you can watch one of our volunteers cut up huge logs).

Learn a bit about Victorian technology, the hydraulic ram was installed to pump water into the house - listen out for the thud of the pump. A little further into the pleasure grounds and you will come across the ice house, this deep pit was filled with ice from the river during the winter months and stayed frozen right throughout the year, keeping food chilled to serve the mansion.

The walled garden provided all the fruit and vegetables for the house, the area is undergoing a restoration project to return the garden to its former glory - head down to have a look and have a chat with our gardener to find out how the project is progressing.

Florence Court was almost entirely self-sustained, and with so many of the outbuildings still intact and in working order it is easy to let your imagination step back in time and have a sense of what the estate was like in its hey-day.