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“Bluebells vs Snowdrops?”
Review of Hodsock Priory

Hodsock Priory
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Blyth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Hodsock Priory is a wedding venue on a private estate surrounded by North Nottinghamshire countryside and easily accessible from the A1 and M1 at Blyth. Nationally famous for its winter garden and displays of snowdrops - open in February only each year. Wrap up warm and enjoy a walk in the woods then have a cup of tea a slice of home-made cake by the bonfire.
Doncaster, United Kingdom
1 review
“Bluebells vs Snowdrops?”
Reviewed May 22, 2014

We visited Hodsock a couple of years ago to see the snowdrops and loved it. We decided at the last minute to visit again this year and went on the very last morning that it was open. There were still lots of snowdrops to see in the woods and also lots of other spring flowers in the formal garden area. We decided to become a 'friend of Hodsock' and recently visited the woods again to see the bluebells. We chose the first morning that it was open in view of the weather forecast and had a lovely wander through the woods taking pictures of the bluebells which were everywhere. Bacon butties and coffee at the woodland cafe were most welcome and then we wandered through the rest of the gardens. It really is a most pleasant way to spend a morning or afternoon.

Visited May 2014
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George B, General Manager at Hodsock Priory, responded to this review, May 23, 2014
Thank you for your kind review. It is a very special time of year in May with warmer weather bringing out all the early summer flowers and of course the bluebells. Do come back and see the Snowdrops in February.
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Bluebell woods”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

We have visited here many times when the snowdrops are in full bloom when it is very cold and damp. It is always a beautiful experience and it's possible to get a warm on the burning logs in the clearing along with a hot drink, so it's a very pleasant day. There is also a fabulous cafe where lovely snacks, cakes and drinks are served. On our last visit we went to see the Bluebells which again was very pleasant and the weather was much warmer and brighter. There was no bonfire but the snack bar was open and lots of clearing has been done to open the woods and there were plenty of logs to sit on. There is a children's play area which I haven't seen before, but again this has been made from cut down trees. The owner of the Priory also gave an historical talk which was very informative. He was also on hand at the gate when we left, to wish us a safe journey home. A lovely place to spend time whatever the weather as long as you are dressed appropriately.

Visited May 2014
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George B, General Manager at Hodsock Priory, responded to this review, May 23, 2014
I'm so pleased you had a good day with us. The bluebells are spectacular and the peace and quiet of the woods in May is wonderful. Thank you for supporting us - come back and see the Snowdrops in February.
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“Hodsocks snowdrops”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

We had a really lovely day out here to see the snowdrops and helibores. The walks through the woods were really pretty and along the way there was a quiz for the children with notes and tips placed in the woods. It was a freezing cold day and there was a lovely woodland fire in the woods so we could all keep warm, a really nice touch. We had lunch in the restaurant which was very busy, but we were still able to find a suitable table for us all. We had hot soup and bread rolls. Quite expensive but it was a lovely day out.

Visited April 2013
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George B, General Manager at Hodsock Priory, responded to this review, March 27, 2014
Thank you for your review. Sounds like you had a good day and enjoyed the gardens, woods and treasure trails. Do come again as we work hard each year to make improvements. I take on board your thoughts on the pricing. We've kept our food and drinks prices the same for 2 years and the entrance price the same for 5 so we do strive to provide good value. See you again next year!
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Excellent place to visit”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Visiting Hodsock to see the snowdrops is an annual pilgrimage for me and this year (2014) was the best display I'd ever seen. All the renovation work which was underway last year seems to have come to fruition and has added to a great experience. One of the highlights of visiting Hodsock is the bonfire and now that refreshments are served there this is a bonus. Even the catering marquee appears to offer a wider variety of food and drink which is most welcome after a lovely but usually chilly stroll round the grounds. Although the routes are well marked, one suggestion I would make is that a small map of the gardens is available at the entry kiosk in order that visitors can plan their route and not accidentally miss something out. All in all it is an excellent experience.

Visited March 2014
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George B, General Manager at Hodsock Priory, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Thank you for your review. I'm glad you feel our changes are starting to make a difference to the overall Hodsock experience. We've worked hard as a family and team to keep the magic. Offering better food and drink, more places to sit and enjoy the woodland and garden scenes, better plant labeling and dry paths have all started to make a difference. We are going to look again at the idea of a map. When we tried it a few years ago, the design could have been better and we ended up having a litter problem as a lot of visitors binned them or dropped them straight away. Thanks for the suggestion - our thinking caps are on!
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“A beautiful day out”
Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

This was about our fourth visit to Hodsock to see the snowdrops over the past few years. This time we visited on the penultimate snowdrop day and were a bit worried about there being any snowdrops still in flower because of the early season this year. We needn't have worried, there were plenty and we had the advantage of the early daffodils and spring shrubs as well.
I actually like the new entrance to the site, it gets you directly into the woodland, and therefore more quickly to the bonfire and a bacon sandwich and hot chocolate!
It was a beautiful spring day and we thoroughly enjoyed watching all the bird life whilst we wandered the woodland area and garden, and even managed to watch a mole building a molehill (this last attraction may not be available on all visits!)
Had a lovely snack in the marquee before we left and, of course, we bought some snowdrops from the shop, well you've got to start somewhere!
Looking forward to next year's visit already and have just become a 'Friend of Hodsock'.

Visited March 2014
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George B, General Manager at Hodsock Priory, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Thank you for your kind review - we're particularly pleased you liked the new entrance which is dry and level, a shorter distance from the car park and gets you straight into the woods where our showstopping displays of snowdrops are found. That's brilliant you saw a mole making a hill - just the sort of thing that makes a day out special. We look forward to welcoming you back to Hodsock.
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