Have a go at… seeing a glimmer of spring at Hodsock Priory
As the snow melts, a new blanket of white is revealed to visitors at Hodsock Priory; with the annual snowdrops sweeping across the grounds of the historic country house.
At the beginning of each year, visitors are treated to a wonderful floral display; with several varieties of snowdrop and spring flower to enjoy.
Snowdrops grace over five acres of formal gardens, and 12 acres of woodland. Visitors are invited to stroll around at their own pace via newly accessible paths, enjoying picturesque views and discovering more about the history and species of snowdrops at Hodsock.
Hodsock has a longstanding relationship with this delicate British flower. There are over seventy five species and varieties of snowdrop; two of which are named after late members of the Buchanan family [descendants of which still reside at Hodsock today].
The snowdrops have been open to visits from the public for over 21 years, and this year saw its busiest ever opening weekend. This year also sees the introduction of a newly constructed Snowdrop Village, inviting the visitor to “see more and stay longer”.
Following (or prior to) a walk around the gardens; visitors can take tea in one of the specially erected pavilions. A wide variety of light bites, both savoury and sweet, are available to tempt – with the cakes coming highly recommended.
Plants (including snowdrops) are available to buy, and a second pavilion is filled with charming gifts for both home & garden.
Entertainment in the form of FREE daily history talks is also provided. A variety of topics are covered ranging from wildlife and gardening, to baking and crafts, and are available to enjoy each day at 12pm and 2pm.
The snowdrops can be enjoyed by all ages, and for all types of visitor from families to couples and groups; and children will be kept amused with a new woodland play area. A fun ‘odd sock’ woodland trail will also keep little ones occupied as parents enjoy the gardens.
If all this wasn’t enough reason to visit, Hodsock Priory is hosting regular weekend events during snowdrop season, including an upcoming food and country fair.
Top tips as suggested by Hodsock for visitors coming to see the snowdrops include wearing sturdy footwear or wellies, wrapping up warm to fully embrace the outdoors. See the official Hodsock Priory website for full prices, and exclusive offers – including Free Tea Tuesdays!
From tasty treats to beautiful blooms, a visit to Hodsock is definitely on the cards this winter. Can’t make it to the snowdrops? Look out for the delightful Bluebell Wood in spring. Hodsock Priory also holds a host of events throughout the year, including an upcoming tour of the house in March with ‘Secrets of Hodsock’.