Part of the charm of Mortimer Country is the slow pace of life and the simple pleasure of our great unspoiled outdoors. That said, there is still a multitude of things to do. Here are some of the things we like.
From the house we can direct you across bridle ways and public footpaths to Wigmore Castle. Now in ruins, the castle was once the stronghold of the Mortimer family. It’s a good 40 minutes walk in each direction, and the views across the Teme valley are truly spectacular. The castle is now owned and maintained by English Heritage. Entry is free.
Betjeman called it the most perfect town in England. It has a medieval castle, medieval and Georgian buildings, great specialist independent stores, and more top class restaurants than you could shake a stick at. St Laurence’s Church is one of very few churches awarded five stars by Simon Jenkins in his recent book – England’s Thousand Best Churches. Ludlow is a lovely destination for a day, in our opinion made lovelier by a trip to De Grey’s, Ludlow’s own award winning tea room. Ludlow is about eight miles from Brick House Farm.
Owned and managed by the Forestry Commission, the Mortimer Forest is a remnant of the ancient Saxon hunting forests of Mocktree, Deerforld and Bringewood. Very popular with walkers and fossil hunters. The source of our local venison. The Mortimer Forest is near to Ludlow.
This website has been created by consortium of local businesses, tourist offices, attractions, restaurants and shops. A great resource for local history, places to eat and things to do.
National Trust – bring your membership card! The building is a neo-classical mansion set in beautiful landscaped gardens. The gardens are believed to be ‘Capability’ Brown’s last landscaping project. And because it’s National Trust there is a tea-room and shop. Bonus! Note – house is not open Thursdays or Fridays. Berrington Hall is about ten miles from Brick House Farm.
Also National Trust. A castellated manor house set in extensive parkland that houses one of Herefordshire's finest restored walled gardens and vineyards. Note, the house is not open on Mondays or Tuesday’s. Croft Castle is about eight miles from Brick House Farm.
Stokesay Castle is the finest and best preserved 13th-century fortified manor house in England. It offers visitors a unique glimpse into a distant age, when strength and elegance were combined. Set amid peaceful countryside near Craven arms, it forms an outstandingly picturesque group with its timber-framed gatehouse and the parish church. Stokesay Castle is owned and managed by English Heritage. There is an entry charge so do bring your membership card. About ten miles from Brick House Farm.
Offa's Dyke Path is one of twelve designated National Trails. It is the only national trail to follow a man-made feature. Built by Offa, King of Mercia in 757 to 796 AD the dyke formed the boundary between England & Wales, running 182 miles from Prestatyn in the north to Sedbury, near Chepstow in the south. The path runs through the town of Knighton, which is just eight miles from Brick House Farm.
Built to supply Birmingham with fresh drinking water, the Elan Valley dams are spectacular man made features in a stunning setting of special scientific interest. Well worth the 45 minute drive from Brick House Farm. See the videos below.
Hereford Cathedral is a compellingly beautiful building. Home of the 13th Century Mappa Mundi, the cathedral sits on a site where there has been Christian worship since the 8th century. Music lovers will appreciate the cathedral choir and the particularly fine acoustic – move over St. Paul’s. We love evensong on a Sunday afternoon. You don’t have to be Christian to close your eyes and drift off to somewhere special. If you’re planning a visit, do check the cathedral website to make sure the choir is in residence. Hereford is about 25 miles from Brick House Farm.
Accessed from the town of Church Stretton, about 15 miles from Brick House Farm, the Carding Mill Valley is a section of heath upland owned by the National Trust with access to the Long Mynd.