Croft Castle is a beautiful National Trust property set in the rolling countryside of North Herefordshire. It makes an ideal day out from Sutton court Farm Holiday Cottages. Croft Castle has been the seat of the Croft family for over 1000 years. Situated near the village of Yarpole between Ludlow and Leominster, the Jacobean house is surrounded by fabulous gardens and parkland. The main house is more of a stately home then castle, the medieval fortress was destroyed by parliamentary troops in 1645. Before that in 1461 the Battle of Mortimers Cross took place on the grounds. Sir Richard Croft was one of Edward of Yorks advisors during the War of the Roses and the battle helped Edward to victory and the crown. The Crofts where an important family in the Welsh Marches with close ties to the Mortimers.
The surrounding gardens and parkland would be with a day out in itself, with a magnificent avenue of Spanish chestnuts and several huge oaks including the famous ‘Candelabra Oak’. If you continue through the parkland you will reach an iron age fort with great views of the surrounding countryside. The Fishpool Valley walk takes you through wonderful woodland past the series of dams and pools as well as the icehouses and pump house which were part of an ambitious victorian engineering project.