Brown's final masterpiece

Lancelot 'Capability' Brown was the most important landscape architect of the eighteenth-century, designing around 170 parks around the country and Berrington was the culmination of his life's work .

A major project

Brown was appointed by Thomas Harley in the 1770's to lay out a park and make the most of the spectacular Herefordshire views west towards Wales and the Black mountains. This was well into his career and he was assisted by a master builder Henry Holland and his son, the architect Henry Holland, who was also Brown's son-in law. The younger Henry Holland was appointed in 1778 to build the mansion on the spot Brown identified in the parklands.

Brown's classic device of divided views can clearly be seen from the steps of the house; to the north west to the hill of Croft Ambrey, to the west into Wales and finally to the south west where he built a 14 acre lake complete with island. The welcome centre on site shows the extent of his vision.

The Ha-Ha can be reinstated
A view of the front of the mansion from behind the Ha-Ha

All of this can still be seen today, three hundred years after his birth. Indeed the lake is now a haven for wildlife including many breeds of water fowl, fish and insects.  In addition, we are a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the herons which nest on the island during spring each year. 

A young heron waits for its mother by the lake
a young heron by the lake

There are way marked walks through the parkland designed so you can see every aspect of the estate with notes available explaining Brown's original vision on the way.  Bring the dog, maybe a picnic and make it a day out for the family.