Beautiful English gardens!

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With friends over to stay and the possibility of a dry, even sunny, day on Bank Holiday Monday we decided on a trip to Hampton Court. Not, however, Hampton Court of King Henry VIII and William and Mary fame but rather Hampton Court Castle in Herefordshire. It isn’t on the same scale of grandeur as the royal place but I think it is a real, hidden gem.

Situated in beautiful countryside between Leominster and Hereford the 15th century castle is set in 1000 acres of parkland with 15 acres of stunning gardens. Elements of the garden go back to the Victorian period when the house was owned by John Arkwright, grandson of industrialist and inventor Richard Arkwright but much of the garden was created by Hampton Court’s American owner in the 1990s. The original Victorian brick walls enclose an organic kitchen garden, which supplies the restaurant, and several ‘garden rooms’…

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