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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.

Wartime Croft

We uncover Croft during the First World War, daily from autumn this year 

We uncover Croft during the First World War, daily from autumn this year

Daily from 10am to 5pm

As part of our heritage lottery funded project we will be sharing Croft's stories from the First World War. We're developing an evolving four year programme which uncovers the stories of the Croft's at war, life on the home-front and the local community during the First World War with a series of memorabilia exhibitions, events and a programme of activities such as the wartime harvest. Look out for the soldier's billet in October.

Cwmmau farmhouse

Kick back and relax at Cwmmau this autumn © Ian Grafton

Kick back and relax at Cwmmau this autumn

Open 2 to 5 October, 1pm to 5pm

Don't miss your chance to see one of our other little Herefordshire gems this October. Cwmmau farmhouse, just over 22 miles away from Croft, is a late medieval, half-timbered farmhouse which was once a lived in family home. Open for four days only, it's a real treat for all the family to enjoy and we have guided tours which bring the place and its stories to life.

 

Woodland pasture management

Conifers will be harvested allowing much needed room for the veteran trees © Ana Vaughan

Conifers will be harvested allowing much needed room for the veteran trees

Felling begins from Monday 1 September

From September this year, we'll be working in partnership with the Forestry Commission to restores Croft's conifer wood back to a woodland pasture. Under the guidance of Natural England over the coming months; the conifer wood will be felled by the Forestry Commission. From early spring the woodland will begin to recover to its former state, improving habitat for wildlife and increasing biodiversity.

Great British Walk

Get fit, get outdoors © National Trust

Get fit, get outdoors

Pop your most comfortable pair of walking boots on, wrap up warm and head out into Croft's ancient parkland to discover some of the glorious displays of autumn colour this season. You can visit the tea-room for a snack to take with you or a hot drink but don't forget the best accompaniment to any walk; your four-legged friend as paws are welcome anywhere in our parkland too.

In another light

See Croft ’In Another Light’ this winter © David Ogle

1 November 2014 to 21 March 2015

Explore Croft in another light with a contemporary art in the form of a light exhibition by David Ogle. Working in partnership with Meadow Arts we're opening the castle late from 5pm to 8pm every Saturday evening during the winter months so you can see the castle in a new light.

In another light

A winter programme of contemporary art with by David Ogle © David Ogle

1 November 2014 to 21 March 2015

Explore Croft in another light with a contemporary art in the form of a light exhibition by David Ogle. Working in partnership with Meadow Arts we're opening the castle late from 5pm to 8pm every Saturday evening during the winter months so you can see the castle in a new light.

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