Croft Castle is located at Yarpole, near Leominster in Herefordshire, close to the Welsh border. It is owned by the National Trust, although members of the Croft family still have apartments there. For this reason we were not permitted to take photographs of the interior of the house, which I was disappointed about, since it does help to remind us of a particular place and whether we would like to return.
It wasn’t the easiest place to get to as there were lots of narrow ‘B’ roads to drive along and of course, we managed to get stuck behind no end of cars with trailers crawling along!
The house is approached along a long tree-lined drive and is very secluded. We visited on a medieval weekend, which meant it was incredibly busy and it was a matter of parking where you could.
Technically Croft Castle is a castellated manor house rather than a castle, but still rather splendid looking. It has been home to the Croft family for almost a thousand years and there was an impressive looking family tree on display in the house.
The little 13th century St Michael’s church situated in the grounds had lots of memorials to various members of the Croft family, including a magnificent altar tomb of Sir Richard Croft (1430-1509) and his wife Eleanor.
The house is surrounded by 1,500 acres of parkland with some enormous ancient trees and there was a large walled garden which was absolutely buzzing with bees and other insects. Here is a selection of photographs from the day.
The cafe served up a good cup of tea and delicious cake!