The gardens were re-designed by Paul Cooper, famous for shocking Chelsea judges in the mid-90s with his avant-garde ideas. However at The Old Vicarage, Paul's design is shockingly traditional. Influenced by the existing gardens, the strong lines of the grey Victorian gothic stonework and the lovely views on all sides, he planted camellias, grasses, shrubs and trees to provide all year round colour and texture. The garden has a rill, grotto, waterfall, sunken garden, folly, terraces, herb garden and camellia walk. To the south the garden has views over the church spire towards Herefordshire. To the north there is a lovely view over the distant Radnorshire Hills.
We are recommended in the Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay in Britain for Garden Lovers.
The Old Vicarage is within 25 miles of over 60 gardens in the National Gardens Scheme, 12 of which are open to the public on non-NGS Open days.