Snowdrops at Hodsock set to dazzle in February 2017
George Buchanan, ninth generation resident of Hodsock Priory, has announced the opening of his renowned Snowdrop garden and woodland. The north Nottinghamshire estate will open daily from Saturday 4th February to Sunday 5th March 2017.
After experiencing an early peak in last year’s season and then the deep freeze which prolonged the opening of the four million snowdrops in Horsepasture Wood, George has confirmed that Snowdrops at Hodsock will again open daily for four consecutive weeks.
Outside of Hodsock’s Snowdrop and Bluebell flowering seasons, public access is not permitted to the family’s country house estate, also a popular venue for seasonal weddings.
Each year at Snowdrops at Hodsock, visitors enjoy the opportunity to roam five acres of formal planted gardens, landscaped in the 1820s, and a further 12 acres of stunning snowdrop and beech covered woodland. They’ll also benefit as a result of Hodsock’s commitment to customer feedback; from improvements to pathways and the accessible toilets, to an increased supply of locally produced cakes and consistently good service in the popular marquee tearoom.
George says: “Each year we strive to be better than the year before. I’m out and about on the estate every day throughout the season and listen to our visitors. It’s always heartening to talk to visitors strolling among millions of Galanthus and Cyclamen flowers, or alongside the river which runs from our lake to the gardens. I’ll then see them enjoying a light lunch, afternoon tea, or inevitably browsing the plant sales area hoping to take ‘a little bit of Hodsock’ home with them.”
The woodland walk is suitable for all abilities with regular resting places, and footpaths throughout the woodland and gardens are passable in most weather conditions with wheelchairs and buggies.
The gift and plant sale area run by locally-based Floral Media will be located aside Hodsock’s iconic Tudor Gatehouse again, with direct access into the Snowdrop woods. Each day, the campfire will be lit in the Glade where picnics can be eaten, or hot drinks and snacks bought from the Woodland Cafe.
A free, fun and informative history talk takes place by the campfire at around 2pm each day. For full details see www.snowdrops.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01909 591 204.
Photo credit: Ian Thwaites Photography