Places of Interest
The Feathers affords the ideal base to explore our numerous local attractions; from English vineyards within beautiful, rolling countryside to historic houses, abbeys and cathedrals. There's plenty to see, do and enjoy in memorable Herefordshire!
In the dramatic setting of the Malvern Hills and surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum and lake is the home of the Hervey-Bathurst family. Construction started in 1810; the style proposed by the architect, the young Robert Smirke, was Norman Revival. From a distance, Eastnor was intended to create the impression of a medieval fortress guarding the Welsh Borders.
Grosmont Castle is a remarkably well-preserved three phase fortress. It was quite possibly founded by Earl William Fitz Osbern during his invasion of South Wales in 1070.
If there is a castle that comes close to matching Harlech in historical importance, that castle is surely Chepstow. Chepstow is a Norman castle perched high above the banks of the river Wye in southeast Wales. Construction began at Chepstow in 1067, less than a year after William the Conqueror was crowned King of England.
Cathedrals & Abbeys
Gardens & Houses
Regularly open to the general public for an entrance fee, which covers a guided tour, this historic house in Much Marcle is run by a family trust and a living monument to much of England’s history. The family trust is engaged in non-profit making areas in the fields of music, literacy, and the environment and ‘Hellensmusic’ and ‘Hellens Garden Festival’ events envelop these principles. It remains a living home, and not a museum, although it contains a wealth of period furnishings, artifacts, paintings and decorations. Tel: 01531 660504 hellensmanor.com
Evolved during several decades on the original site of Ernest Ballard's Michaelmas Daisy nursery. There are many fine specimens of interesting trees and shrubs, creating a backdrop to thousands of herbaceous perennials. The garden is intensively planted with both traditional borders and areas of more modern, natural planting schemes. Tel. 01684 540416 www.autumnasters.co.uk
Found in the heart of the Welsh Marches with stunning views towards the Black Mountains. There are gorgeous flower borders. An old fashioned Kitchen Garden, Azalea Garden, Maple Grove, and Park Wood, all to discover. A perfect place to explore and relax. Tel. 01544 230160 www.hergest.co.uk