The riverside garden

A view of the river Wye from the garden

The riverside gardens cover the area between the mansion house and the river Wye. The mansion built in 1784 is now a private nursing home but the views from the top path take in the broad Wye valley as it meanders from west to east across rural Herefordshire.

The house and gardens were built in a strategic location at the head of a broad curve in the river, with excellent views in both directions.  Indeed, the site as been inhabited since Roman times, with remains of Roman baths found at the waters edge.

Spring flowers grow everywhere in the woodland garden
Spring flowers on the edge of the river
Spring flowers grow everywhere in the woodland garden

The gardens themselves have been developed over many generations. We manage the slopes and river banks to preserve history but also as naturally as possible to encourage wildlife.  Many species of birds can be spotted and we now have otters living in the boat house.

The old fisherman's hut provides a good place to see the daffodils
a slope of daffodils
The old fisherman's hut provides a good place to see the daffodils

Stroll down to the river through the snowdrops, daffodils and wild flowers during the spring and summer.  You will pass some signs of the original gardens with the old fisherman's hut and landscaped rockery built by Roger Parr.

Relax by the river with a picnic
Deck chairs along the river Wye
Relax by the river with a picnic

There are some steeper paths and steps down to the river through the shrubbery to the original retaining walls.  At the far end of the garden you are rewarded with a seating area by the river and a natural play ground to help the family run off any excess energy.