Early summer outing to rural Herefordshire

May 31, 2017

Taking advantage of the beauty of the early summer countryside, we will be travelling through rural Herefordshire, able, from the height of the coach, to enjoy delightful vistas.

Our first stop will be Monkland Cheese Farm, just outside Leominster, a working farm producing local and artisan cheeses. Not only will we see the cheeses being made but also we will be able to sample them and, no doubt, find it impossible to resist a few purchases in the shop. Coffee will be served in the farm's award winning tea rooms.

After a lunch stop in Leominster, where members will be free to picnic or eat in one of the many watering holes and even perhaps take a peek at the lovely church and charming town, we will proceed to Burton Court, a grade II* manor house, featured in Simon Jenkins's 'England's Thousand Best Houses'. The house is not usually open to the public but we will have the privilege of a tour guided by the owner.

Burton Court is an architectural gem, dating from the 11th century, with early 14th and 18th century additions, whose centrepiece is the spectacular medieval great hall, considered to be the finest of its type in the West Midlands. The gardens have been restored to their Edwardian splendour when the house was owned by the Clowes family who entertained there in great style. There will be an opportunity to have tea here if these breathtaking surroundings have given you a thirst.

The cost is £30 per person. We will leave Christchurch Green at 9.15am and All Saints, Pembroke Rd at 9.20am, expecting to be back in Clifton by 6pm. RoseMary may be able to help with visitor parking permit requirements. There are a few places available for non-members. For reservations please contact RoseMary.

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