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Notice: Croft's biomass boiler is currently being installed. You will see the contractors busy at work near the farm and glasshouse. We promise to keep any disruption to a minimum for you.

1000 years of power, politics and pleasure in an intimate family home

Croft Castle sits deep in the heart of Herefordshire countryside surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland. Home to the Croft family for nearly 1000 years, this castle has many powerful stories to uncover.

In the castle you can live life as Sir James Croft and find out how the family bought back their home in 1923.  Explore the family photographs, sit and read through the auction catalogues or even have a play on the piano. Experience a glamorous evening set in 1930 in the dining room or simply relax in the atmosphere of this friendly family abode. From August 2014 you can discover the story of the Croft's at war and life at the home front during World War One.

Step outside and explore the working walled garden complete with historic orchards, vineyard and take a peak inside the 1913 glasshouse restoration project. Look out for the Georgian stable block which will tell the story of Horses at War from August this year.

Take a stroll through the parkland up to the Iron Age hill fort for far reaching views including the Brecon beacons or follow one of the woodland trails and find over 300 veteran trees along the way. Feeling energetic? Why not tackle the Orienteering course or let the little ones go wild in the natural and mini castle play areas.

There were our own/there were the others

Marking the centenary of the First World War © NTPL

Marking the centenary of the First World War

Tuesday 22 July -  Alec Finlay project

Alec Finlay in collaboration with Ken Cockburn, Heather E Yeung and Luke Allan. Croft is one of twenty three National Trust places across the country inviting visitors to share a silent walk of remembrance to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. On each walk, two poems will be read and where possible poppy seeds scattered and a book installation left as a memory of the event. More detail about the project.

 

Croft's beer festival

Enjoy a well deserved pint © NTPL/David Oliver

Enjoy a well deserved pint

Saturday 2 August, 11am till late and Sunday 3 August, 11am to 5pm

Calling all grown-ups; book a babysitter for the weekend and come along to our beer festival. Our tea-room transforms into the 'Croft pub' and features 12 real ales including 'small batch artisan ales' from the very local, Mayfields brewery. Games, play-areas and castle open during the day. Saturday night is fun time with hot food and music.

Normal admission fees apply

Our work in 2014

A biomass boiler in action © NTPL/David Oliver

A biomass boiler in action

Work is underway to install a biomass boiler later this year.

This will provide a renewable and sustainable energy for Croft and will reduce the impact, keeping the castle warm has, on the environment. During your visit in June you will see the boiler house being built along with the woodchip store and we'll keep any noise and disruption to a minimum for you.

 

The Croft collection

The Oak Room is home to many family heirlooms © Nadia Mackenzie

We've got a proud collection of family portraits, period furniture, family heirlooms and fashionable time pieces to be uncovered. See what's been left behind after a 1000 year legacy.

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