Take a stroll

The rockery garden in autumn

Come and discover how the 10 acre site has evolved over the years passing through the hands of different families and fashions. The layout you see today is largely due to the improvements made by Roger Parr in the 1920's, with the garden split between the natural riverside garden and the productive walled garden.

Our woodland garden on the banks of the river Wye
 A map showing the garden paths

A suggested route

1. Once you pass the kiosk follow the right hand path as this is a less steep climb. 

2. You will pass the old fisherman's hut built in the 1950's so Roger Parr could shelter from bad weather. The floor is made from river cobbles, white quartz and horses' teeth, the latter being used to form the 'P' shape.

3. Further up the hill you will see a short detour path down to the rockery

4. The mansion house was built in 1784 and is a private nursing home. From here you can see in both directions up the river and across the unspoilt Herefordshire countryside.

5. Turn right for the toilets and tea tent.

6. From here the path wends its way downhill through a carpet of flowers in the spring until you meet the river meadow. On the banks of the river is a seating area and natural play ground.

7. Follow the path along the river banks over the old retaining wall.

8. Millennium dome. A willow structure planted in 2000 to celebrate the Millenium.

9. The old boathouse has recently been refurbished without disturbing the family of otters which lives there.

10. The remains of some Roman baths, which are covered over to preserve them.

11-13. The water shrine, pump house and hydraulic ram all used to pump water at previous times. The hydraulic ram still feeds the rockery pools today.

14-15. The path at the far end of the car park takes you to the walled garden first constructed in the early 19th Century. Later Roger Parr spared no expense in the 1920's adding a glass house from Queen Victoria's manufacturers complete with heating boiler which is still in place today.