Brobury House and Gardens, Bredwardine is a place that we've passed by so many times catching glimpses of the house through the trees......quite intriguing........but the lure of a special price ticket, buy one get one free, did the trick and saw us parking up in the ample car park and donning our walking boots.
After being met by the very friendly staff, we ventured off through the well manicured gardens which surround an imposing turreted Victorian house. To be honest, we didn't really think there'd be many flowers in bloom but we were wrong!!!
One of the imposing pathways bordered by snowdrops
First, we were greeted by thousands of pure white Snowdrops nestling under the trees and hedgerows...so beautiful. Out came the camera....wow......so many different shots to be taken!!
Beautiful hellibores which are coming into full bloom
As we walked around the terraced gardens which were first established when the house was built in 1881, more flowers were coming into view......... hellebores, crocus, aconites, and an azalea.......a few weeks later would see a whole load of daffodils showing their glorious colours, along with the rhododendrons, wisteria and many, many more different plants/shrubs/trees.
Daffodils ready to burst open alongside the stream running through the gardens
The first brick bridge to be built over the River Wye at Bredwardine
Such a pretty spot to sit and take in the views of the River Wye and of the historic Bredwardine Bridge which is the first brick bridge to be built over this river. There are so many benches in this beautiful garden to sit on and take in so many different views and while away half an hour or so.......listening to the distinctive cry of the Buzzard and the tell tale knocking of the Woodpecker.......amazing!!
Apparently, prior to 1881, the site was used as the vegetable garden for the Rectory where Francis Kilvert lived and died. His mulberry tree still graces the main terrace lawn.