Burton Court, Eardisland, Leominster , Herefordshire
Grade II* manor house, with medieval, Regency, Victorian and Edwardian architecture, at the heart of the Black and White Village Trail.
The Simpson family have been conducting guided tours around their home since the 1960s. The latest addition to the tour is a large archaeological dig inside the grounds, which is believed to be the remains of a Norman Castle. The discoveries on the mound have reshaped the tours that are conducted in the house as the finds tie in in with the various occupants that have lived at Burton Court over the centuries. They now have collected the largest medieval pottery find in Herefordshire.
Various exhibitions, including costumes, militaria, natural history and ship models, are also on display. ‘Hugely enjoyable’ says Simon Jenkins.
Personal guided tours conducted by the owners. Tour will include all the main rooms on the ground floor; the 900 years of history of the Court; the gardens and the archaeological mound.
Thank you very much for the tour and tea at Burton Court yesterday. The happy conversation in the coach home expressed the pleasure everyone felt in the relaxed atmosphere you created and at being able to wander in and out of your house at leisure to look at the photos, paintings etc. The tea and delicious cakes were much enjoyed, and your charming daughter broke quite a few hearts!
From Hereford (13 miles): Take the A4110 North via Canon Pyon. Keep on this road for around 4 miles after Canon Pyon until you reach a Y Fork in the road just over a humpback bridge. Take a left at this fork and follow this narrow road for around a mile until you reach a crossroads. Go straight on at the crossroads onto the A44 towards Pembridge, Kington and Rhayader. Take the second turning right (marked for Burton Court) and follow the signs.
From Leominster (5 miles): Follow the signs to Rhayader (A44). At traffic lights proceed up the hill and go straight on at roundabout keeping Morrisons supermarket on your left. After a few hundred yards the road Y forks take a left here and stay on the A44 for 4 miles and you will see the signposts for Burton Court.
No dogs, except guide dogs.
House and garden. Everywhere accessible except archaeological mound.