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Visit to Berrington Hall and Eastnor Castle
Tuesday 19 September 2017

A day trip to Berrington Hall and Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire

SEPTEMBER 19th 2017

A trip to look forward to after the summer break.


Berrington Hall is said to be “the perfect house in the perfect setting”. A neo-classical mansion built to a design by Henry Holland, set in superb gardens by Capability Brown. It was Brown who chose the location for Berrington Hall, selecting a site that gave sweeping views to the Black Mountains of Wales. While Brown busied himself with creating the parkland and semi-natural landscapes for which he was famous, the task of building the house itself fell to Brown's son in law, architect Henry Holland, who began work in 1778. The exterior of Berrington is a restrained classical design but inside the decoration is unrestrained, with wonderful painted ceilings, ornate plasterwork, and a high dome shedding light onto a spectacular entry staircase. The elegant Georgian theme is augmented by fine furniture, most of it French. Lord Admiral Rodney was a family friend and visited Berrington Hall frequently. The dining room is hung with huge paintings by Luny depicting Rodney's famous sea battles. A particular feature of the house are the below-stairs areas which have been opened to the public and where we shall have a guided tour. 


Time for lunch before travelling on to Eastnor Castle, near Leominster, a fairy-tale castle set in an estate of 5000 acres in the Malvern Hills.  It was built in the Norman Revival style, and designed in 1812 to look like one of the medieval castles guarding the Welsh border. But it has always been a family home and contains a Gothic Drawing Room designed by A.W.N.Pugin, an unrivalled collection of armour, lavish interiors, fine art and tapestries. Today it is the family home of the Hervey-Bathurst family. We shall arrive for coffee, then a guided tour, followed by time to stroll around the gardens.


Our coach will leave Shepton Mallet at 08.30, travelling via Redhill Village Hall at 09.15 (alternative pick-up point, see below) arriving at Berrington Hall for coffee.  After lunch (cash) we shall move on to Eastnor Castle, about half an hour away. Thereafter, return to Redhill and Shepton Mallet arriving at approximately 18.45 and 19.30 respectively.

The cost of the day, including Castle entrance fees, coffee but not lunch or afternoon tea, will be £46 for members, £50 for guests. Berrington Hall is a National Trust property and members should bring their membership cards.  Commercial Road car park in Shepton Mallet will be the first pick-up point (08.30) and, for the first time, we have arranged an alternative pick-up point for members living in the west of our area. This is outside Redhill Village Hall, just off the A38 (09.15). Parking has been arranged in the village hall car park.

Please apply for tickets using the form to be found on the website under About Us/Documents/ application for Berrington Hall etc to:

Christopher Lewis, Barley Brook House, Green Lane, Butcombe, Bristol BS40 7US enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope.  Telephone 01761 462269.  The closing date is 15th July. Please apply without delay.