Our famous Snowdrop Gardens
There’s nothing more satisfying than the scents and sounds of the early morning in the 12 acres of Horsepasture Wood. From listening to birdsong and calls from the trees while the dew still glistens on the woodland floor, to smelling the fragrance of thousands of Bluebells in the air, it’s a heavenly place to be.
To experience this yourself, come early for your visit and start the day with brunch – coffee and freshly cooked breakfast butties are available from the lovely ladies at our Woodland Cafe.
Then walk the woodland paths and see some of our most impressive bluebell displays. We’ve 12 acres to explore and we have accessible routes straight into Horsepasture Wood. Have your cameras ready and take a couple of hours to roam.
The Woodland Café & Play Area
Grab a hot drink and snack in the heart of the Bluebell Woods. Open each day, our team at the Woodland Café by the campfire (where George’s free daily history talk takes place) will be serving teas, coffees, homemade cakes, bacon, egg and sausage sandwiches. Bring the kids or grandchildren for some outdoor fun at our homemade balance beam playground or building dens.
Toilets and facilities
We have toilets situated near the entrance to the woodland and kiosk. Disabled facilities and baby changing facilities are also available.
Dogs are regrettably not permitted in the Garden, Woodlands and Grounds, with the exception of Assistance Dogs. Dogs are welcome to take a stroll in the parkland outside the gardens (with links to public rights of way) but should be kept on lead and under close control at all times.
Bluebells at Hodsock 2017
Hodsock will be open for Bluebells
10am to 3pm (last entry)
Friends of Hodsock, Wheelchair users and Children FREE
Bespoke House Tour with Lunch / House Tour with Tea
£18.50 per head, suitable for groups of between 20 and 50 people.
Subject to availability on Wednesdays and Thursdays in March, April, May, June, September, October and November.
George Buchanan, who lives at Hodsock with his family, will personally welcome you and after coffee, he’ll guide you through the ground floor reception rooms, telling anecdotes about life at Hodsock over the centuries. You’ll see paintings of his ancestors up close as well as exploring both the bridal suite bedrooms and behind the scenes in the cellars. A light lunch or afternoon tea will be served, after which you’ll have the chance to explore the gardens at your leisure before departure.
The tour is wheelchair accessible except the bedrooms and cellars (photographs of these areas are available to browse for those unable to climb stairs).
House rules – please make yourselves at home, please do walk on the grass, please do sit on the furniture, please do take photographs!
To arrange your group visit call 01909 591204 and press 2 or email us by clicking on the button below.
New Brides Open Days
Further dates in 2017
to be confirmed. 11am to 2pm
If you’ve recently become engaged and would like to take a look around Hodsock Priory with your fiancé (and maybe your parents?) why not drop in to see us at one of our Weddings Open Days?
We’ll be delighted to show you around the venue and our award winning Weddings Manager, Lynda Pepper, will be on hand to discuss your wedding plans to date. We’ll be delighted to answer your questions and discuss your wedding ideas so far.
Simply pop in and see us on the day or contact Lynda direct on 01909 591204 or email using the button link below.
Snowdrops at Hodsock 2017
Thank you to everyone who visited Snowdrops at Hodsock between 4th February and 5th March 2017 to see our estate covered in millions of tiny white flowers. Kindly note that the Estate is now closed.
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Our famous annual Snowdrop Extravaganza is not one to be missed and will return in February 2018.
Please note that the House is closed for Snowdrop Weddings during our opening season. It is a garden and woodland event.
Dogs are regrettably not permitted to the gardens and woodland but are welcome to run in the Park and enjoy walks around the estate.
Our Snowdrop Gardens were open from Saturday 4th February to Sunday 5th March 2017.
Entrance fees have been frozen since 2012 at:
Tickets can be purchased in advance online for use on any date during the season, or on arrival on the day.
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