Located on the edge of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Brampton Abbotts lies just a stone’s throw from Ross-on-Wye and offers superb views of the surrounding Herefordshire countryside.
There are five gardens here just waiting to be explored, each offering something different to the visitor.
5 The Grove
HR9 7JH – Viv Lucas & John Sherahilo
5 The Grove is a success story in itself. Just eight years ago, Viv Lucas and John Sherahilo took over the overgrown, unkempt plot. Now, it’s been transformed into a beautifully loved garden with plenty of quirky objects, and a dose of good humour.
And if all this doesn’t catch your imagination, the sweeping view of Herefordshire’s rolling countryside from its foot certainly will.
Enter from a gravel path at the side of the property which leads to an extended wildlife pond which is full of fish, and a vegetable patch and chicken run opposite.
Various objets d’art items can be found throughout the garden, the most striking being a triple-pronged iron-based installation the other side of a hedged archway.
There is plenty of outdoor seating from which you can enjoy refreshments while gazing out towards the Black Mountains, or enjoying the various borders surrounding the pond area.
2 Brampton View
HR9 7JL – Anne and David Hughes
2 Brampton View is not about the view of the village, more the view from it.
Just over two years ago this garden, which stands in an elevated position, was a blank canvas.
It has since been lovingly brought to life by Anne and David Hughes who moved into the extended artisan’s cottage in 2015.
Two carefully-created curvaceous borders featuring young shrubs and perennials are set within the lawn.
A vegetable plot helps increase the cottage-garden feeling, along with a greenhouse and fruit cage.
Take in the scent of the roses, honeysuckle and insect-friendly perennials, or stand back and admire the 30-mile vista towards Hay Bluff. Standing clear of the view are damson, plum and apple trees which provide culinary nourishment.
HR9 7JD – Rosemary Knapp
Townsend Cottage is a compact garden in a quiet position, great for receiving morning and afternoon sun.
Entering through a side gate onto the patio area you will be met by an herbaceous border with a variety of established shrubs and roses. Just behind is a lovely pink Queen Elizabeth Rose.
The most surprising aspect though is nestled away in the corner of the garden.
The Shepherds Hut, used as accommodation throughout the year, will be open on the day for visitors to wander around.
In a secluded spot in the corner of the garden is a pond housing both the Common and Great Crested Newt.
Surrounding the pond is maple, honeysuckle roses and berberis, along with seating.
HR9 7JD – Leila and David Dawson
Travellers’ Green is in a beautiful spot; just a stone’s throw from the village hall and overlooking open countryside towards Ross-on-Wye and south Herefordshire.
The garden area wraps itself around the house, offering a different view at every turn.
Nestled against the wall of the front lawn are herbaceous borders featuring mixed shrubs and salvia, plus a stunning peach School Girl climbing rose.
Walk to the right-hand side of the house to view a vegetable patch and onto the rear where visitors can take a break in the eye-catching arbour or stop to admire the water feature.
HR9 7JA – Elaine and John Lutkin
Nestled between the picturesque stone property and open countryside, the compact garden at Denham Cottage is a beautiful cottage garden full of character.
Owners Elaine and John Lutkin have transformed the garden since moving to the property five years ago, most notably dividing it into two levels with steps allowing easy access between both.
Visitors can enjoy a plethora of striking sights and scents, including lavender and many varieties of clematis.
There’s a raised patio with seating beside a vintage ornamental street light.
For ornithologists, there are plenty of feeders attracting a wide range of birds.
At the foot of the garden is a vegetable patch, beside rolling countryside stretching out towards Weston-under-Penyard.
Adults £5, u12 free. Tickets provide entry to all five gardens.
Tickets are available to buy at each garden except Townsend Cottage.
Refreshments will be served at 5 The Grove.
Parking available beside the village church, at the Village Hall, and at Townsend Farm, which will be signposted from the village centre. Townsend Farm’s parking is by kind permission of Ben Taylor-Davies.