Dorstone Open Gardens

WHEN: | 12-5pm WHERE: Dorstone, HFDS HR3 6BE

Orchard End

Dorstone, HR3 6BE

Ben and Sue Goring


Dorstone, HR3 6AW

Russ and Helen Goodwin

Dogs on leads welcome

Great House Farm

Dorstone, HR3 6BE

Tony and Karen Usher Dogs on leads welcome


Dorstone, HR3 6AW

Ernest Morgan
Dogs on leads welcome

Bage Tump

Dorstone, HR3 5SU

John and Judy Cook


Dorstone, HR3 6AB
Gloria and Colin Lawrence

The Fold

Dorstone, HR3 6BE

Penny and John Platts

Dogs on leads welcome

Little Llanavon

Dorstone, HR3 6AT

Jenny Chippindale

Dogs on leads welcome

The Court House

Dorstone, HR3 6AW

Cathy and Nick Gethin

Dogs on leads welcome

Bage Pool

Dorstone, HR3 5SU

Emma Phillpotts
Dogs on leads welcome

1 Oaklands Place

Dorstone, HR3 6AR

Mark and Mandy Jones

Dogs on leads welcome

St Faith’s Church and Memorial Garden
Dorstone, HR3 6AP

Due to the terrain, access to the gardens may be limited for some people with a mobility impairment and/or wheelchair users

Saturday 12-5pm and Sunday 12-5pm

Tickets can be purchased fromThe Fold (to include one map per party), Bage Pool, St Faith’s Church and Little Llanavon, on the main road from Peterchurch
Tickets valid for both days
Adults £8, children u12 free

Refreshments will be served at The Fold and Bage Pool
There will be a plant stall at Barnfields
Assistance dogs only unless otherwise stated

Little Llanavon, Barnfields and Bage Pool have their own on-site parking, with the latter also serving Bage Tump.

The other gardens are within walking distance of parking areas close to St Faith’s Church and at Dorstone Court Yard, which is opposite The Fold.

Toilets can be found at the back of the Village Hall and The Fold.

Lying in the beautiful Golden Valley, Dorstone is a hidden gem hosting 11 wonderful gardens, plus St Faith’s Church and the Memorial Garden. Orchard End is a south-facing property looking out onto rolling Herefordshire countryside. Visitors can bask in the views from the garden summerhouse, or turn to face the pond, complete with water feature to add to
the garden’s tranquillity. As the name of the property suggests there is an orchard for visitors to explore next to a wonderful pocket handkerchief tree and a host of mature trees.

Barnfields is a medium-sized garden surrounding a barn conversion, which was at the centre of a farmyard consisting of mainly buildings, concrete and a large silage pit. It is a traditional country style, with formal yew and box hedging, herbaceous borders, a vegetable garden, gravel areas, ornamental grasses and an informal hazelnut walk. It is set at the bottom of the Golden Valley, meaning it enjoys both 360-degree views and light.

Great House Farm’s gardens were originally laid out by the talented Helen Goodwin, before going somewhat wild for many years, but they are slowly being brought back to life. Visitors have an acre of garden to feast their eyes on, featuring a topiary walkway, paved millstone, and a wild ower meadow from where you can glimpse beautiful views to Snodhill. There is also an eight- year-old vineyard, and an orchard for homemade apple juice.

Cella has a large garden, which Ernest Morgan and his late wife, June, carved out of a eld over the space of 30 years. Gorge yourself on an eye-catching Wedding Cake tree, explore hidden areas covered by a tree canopy, or relax in the shady arbour. In the shadow of the impressive St Faith’s Church, the garden’s centrepiece is its pond, next to which a path winds its way towards owering bushes, clematis and a Dublin Bay rose.

Bage Tump was featured in
the Domesday Book, and has an historic tump rising from beside a small lake at the foot of the valley, looking back onto the house. The rear mixed herbaceous and gravel garden has stunning views across the water to the Radnorshire
Hills. Visitors can sit and enjoy the garden’s water feature and a small raised vegetable plot.

A south-facing garden, Brooklands is quite sheltered, divided by a stone wall into two compact and distinct halves. One half has a vegetable bed with asparagus and a small fruit cage. The other part was redesigned about ve years ago, featuring burnt sugar and forest pansy trees which provide a foliage contrast to variegated rhamnus shrubs, while both Rambling Rector and Ghislaine de Feligonde roses are present. The Victorian local stonehouse boasts views up to the Tump, with a range of mature trees. Geraniums, grasses and geums are in abundance in early summer.

The Fold is a modern house built on an old farmyard in the style of a stone barn. The tiny, shaded front garden is in a Japanese-style with clipped box, rocks and gravel. The back of the house faces due south with far-reaching views. There is a seating area next to a green oak sunroom, a owerbed with roses and a spiral herb garden. In early summer, the small orchard is left as a wild ower meadow. Teas will be available.

Little Llanavon is a charming house built in traditional local stone with half an acre of south- facing cottage garden surrounded by low stone walls. Paths meander among shrubs, fruit trees and unusual grasses. Once featured on Gardeners’ World, this romantic garden has unusual hardy perennials contrasting traditional summer owers to create terri c texture.

The Court House dates from the 17th century and visitors will marvel at its lovely views. Its garden stretches for over an acre with a wide patio which is centred on an ornamental well, a kitchen garden and herbaceous borders. A broad lawn showcases a ne Cornus Kousa as a central feature, alongside some ‘scruffy corners’ (creative suggestions welcome).

Bage Pool is a 16th century listed farmhouse in the Golden Valley with wonderful views over the Wye Valley to the Radnor Hills. The naturalistic south-facing garden contains lots of climbing roses against the house walls, with beds of lavender, nepeta, self-seeded oregano, marjoram, feverfew, foxgloves, daisies, white valerian and a formal pleached line of crab apples. There are several seating areas, and teas will be available on the lawn.

The garden at 1 Oaklands Place has seen plenty of changes over the years to suit a growing family. It features a sunken area, plus a small shpond and seating in the centre, surrounded by trees. There is also a stone bridge over the pond leading to another seating area. There are stepping stones and a gravel path, bordered by hostas and acers, bringing visitors to a Japanese pagoda. The owners say there is a surprise in store on this theme.

The Friends of St Faith’s was set-up to raise money for the restoration of the Church and
to provide new facilities for the future.
The Memorial Garden is situated in a newly-extended area of the churchyard. Its aim
is to give visitors a re ective and sensory feel. All plants have been donated.