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“Heart of the country - a great day out”

Croft Castle and Parkland
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Yarpole
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 7, 2014

We were staying in Worcester camping for a few days and decided to take a trip over to Croft Castle to see what it had to offer us. We were not disappointed.

The roads were a little twisty and the sat nav tried to take us to the exit rather than the entrance so worth looking out for the road signs when you get near.

We began with refreshments in the newly refurbished cafe which was up to the usual national trust standard with local produce including a nice selections of cakes. Also light lunches but we had brought a picnic. There is a lovely new castle playground for younger children next to the cafe. My 12 & 13 year old still enjoyed this but did get a bit stuck up the battlements.

Next off for a walk around the parkland. there are a number of walks to choose from but we just fancied a stroll so picked a shorter one. We were hunting for the larger natural play area that was more suitable for my to older children. Unfortunately it is marked incorrectly on the guide map and we managed to walk right past it. (we did get better directions from staff later on and managed to find it this time).

The walk brought us round to a view of the castle from the side. We enjoyed our picnic on the side steps and then went to explore the house. The interior is very pleasing and staff friendly and helpful. The new policy of the national trust of allowing the public to play on instruments such as pianos is great and my son entertained the other visitors (possibly) with his playing. About half of the house is accessible and there was a lovely dress up/ play area for younger children.

Right next to the castle is a chapel with a nicely carved tomb of the family. It was a nice quiet place to grab a few moments calm in. As we were short of time we repaired to the Nation Trust shop and treated ourselves to some goodies. Again a good selection of crafts and gifts and delicious sweet treats.

Off again to find the natural play area. It was worth the return walk. Lots of activities, rope swings, wire walks, meandering their way up through a lovely wood. Quite educational too - I learned how to identify a chestnut tree!

We didn't explore the rest of the grounds - the lake and walled garden to mention a couple of places. We just didn't have the that day.

Another national Trust house Berrington Hall is about 10 minutes drive away so if you have a national trust membership you can kill two birds with one stone and visit both. Not the best idea though if you are dragging children along with you :-)

1  Thank Victoria C
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Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

The croft castle is a small, yet relaxing place to visit with friendly staff on a free to roam basis. We enjoyed the "ok to touch" on most of the exhibits. The walled garden is nice to walk around with plenty of activities for the children. The church is lovely to spend a relaxing few minutes. All in all a good few ours spent ,we linked the visit with nearby Barrington hall and would highly recommend visiting the too.

Thank Sharon D
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

Lovely setting, great playground, able to go anywhere in the house and invited to play piano and organ! Café is good too. We did not do the walks but they looked lovely. No complaints at all. Lovely church.

1  Thank John W
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We've been to a few National Trust properties and we spend the most time at this one, despite the poor weather! And we didn't even manage to see the walled garden or adventure play area.

The kids loved exploring the 'castle' - both the real one and the play version. They also spend a good deal of time in the play room and following the photo clue trail through the rooms.

We splashed out and ate lunch in the cafe instead of taking our usual picnic & the spicy root veg soup was out of this world. Had we not been NT members, this may have proved an expensive day out, I guess.

Every member of staff we encountered was exceptionally welcoming, helpful & friendly, and they were so attentive in pointing things out to the children & engaging them in conversation.

For us, the only downsides were the walks around the parkland. Don't get me wrong, the views, woods & scenery were beautiful, but the maps were not too clear meaning that we missed a lot of the sites we set out to see. The map could have benefited from some reference points or additional signage around the walks.

Finally, we failed to get on attic tour as they were full when we enquired & the last one was a bit early at 2.30, so this was disappointing.

1  Thank sparklylynz
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Visited only briefly after a visit to nearby NT property Berrington Hall.
Most impressed by the grounds and House and Chapel. Enjoyed a late lunch in the cafe and the Tomato & Courgette Soup was superb.
Will definitely revisit when we have more time.

1  Thank Roy C
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