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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

Marking the centenary of the First World War © NTPL

Marking the centenary of the First World War

Daily from Saturday 23 August

As part of our heritage lottery funded project we will be sharing Croft's stories from the First World War, from this August. 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. From Saturday 23 August you find out about the Croft's at war during 1914.

Medieval weekend

Spend a day in the life of a medieval soldier © Sir John Savile

Spend a day in the life of a medieval soldier

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August, 10am to 5pm

Wars of the Roses returns to Croft for a weekend of living history with Sir John Savile's royal household. Depicting 1461 and some of the story of the 'Battle of Mortimer's Cross' which was fought on Croft land, you can see a living camp complete with cooking, weaponry, clothing and many more crafts from the time. There'll also be daily drills for children and don't miss the grand finale of the final skirmish towards the end of each day.

 

Our work in 2014

A biomass boiler in action © Sir John Savile

A biomass boiler in action

Work is underway to install a biomass boiler this summer

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 August you will see main heating pipes being laid and connected to the existing heating structures within the castle. We're still fully open and you will be able to access the garden and castle as normal, you just might see the hard work taking place during your visit. 

 

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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