Hodsock Priory http://www.hodsockpriory.com/snowdrops/ is located in Blyth in North Nottinghamshire, within easy reach of the A1(M) and M1.
Hodsock is an historic country house with beautiful gardens and grounds that is both a private home and a venue for weddings. In February/March, the gardens and park open to the public to share their beautiful display of snowdrops. They reopen in May to share their bluebells.
We chose Hodsock as a venue to meet family who needed a suitable stop off on a long journey. It was perfect for a group of mixed ages. The visit was well organised, with free car parking in fields close to the house, manned by attendants. the entry price was £5 per adult and only £1 per child, all proceeds go to the upkeep of the property.
We took part in a free children’s quiz/spotter trail and walked the ‘longer route’ through the woods to look at the carpet of snowdrops. There were buggy suitable paths, with fallen logs and bridges that the children enjoyed exploring.
We also spent time in the formal gardens, enjoying the lake views and picnicking on a bench while the children ran on the imposing lawns.
Refreshments are available in a tea room marquee which we didn’t have time to visit, and toilets with changing facilities are available.
We had a really lovely time at Hodsock and will definitely return for the bluebells if travelling that way in May.