A Return to Croft Castle

We’ve been staying at the static van near Bow House for a few days, so decided to pop across the county border for a second visit to Croft Castle. I’ve used ChatBox for most of the words in this post, maybe it’s the future. Croft Castle is a historic country house located in the county of Herefordshire, England. The castle was built in the 15th century and has been owned by the Croft family for over 400 years. The castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland, which are open to the public. The castle has a rich history and has been home to many notable figures over the years. During the English Civil War, the castle was used as a stronghold by the Royalists. In the 18th century, the castle was extensively renovated and expanded, and many of the features that can be seen today date from this period. Visitors to Croft Castle can explore the castle’s many rooms, which are filled with historic furniture, paintings, and other artifacts. The castle also has a number of beautiful gardens, including a walled garden, a woodland garden, and a parkland garden. In addition to its historic and cultural significance, Croft Castle is also a popular destination for outdoor activities. The castle’s parkland is home to a number of walking trails, some magnificent ancient trees and opportunities for birdwatching. Overall, Croft Castle is a fascinating and beautiful destination that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or outdoor activities, there’s plenty to see and do at this historic country house. Here’s what Google’s AI, Bard has to say: Croft Castle is a country house in the village of Croft, Herefordshire, England. Owned by the Croft family since 1085, the castle and estate passed out of their hands in the 18th century, before being repurchased by the family in 1923. In 1957 it was bequeathed to the National Trust. The castle is a Grade I listed building, and the estate is separately listed as Grade II*. The adjacent Church of St Michael is listed Grade I.
The present building dates from the 1660s during the time when Herbert Croft was Bishop of Hereford, replacing an earlier house some thirty yards to the west, which was excavated by Herefordshire County Archaeologist Prof. Keith Ray and volunteers in 2002. The manor house is a quadrangular stone structure around a central courtyard with round corner towers, and a square bay on the north elevation. Some stone mullion windows remain on all elevations. The castle is one of the first examples of medieval revival, and has affinities to Ruperra Castle, Caerphilly, and Lulworth Castle, Wareham, Dorset. Croft Castle is surrounded by 1,500 acres of woods, park and farmland. The two acre walled garden is a wildlife haven, attracting butterflies, bees, birds and insects. It is the perfect place to enjoy the changing seasons, with daffodils and blossom in spring, roses and wisteria in summer and apples in autumn. The castle is open to the public and can be visited by guided tour. The grounds are open all year round and there is a cafe, and second hand book shop on site. Here are some of the things you can do at Croft Castle:
    • Take a guided tour of the castle and learn about its history.
    • Explore the walled garden and see the variety of plants and flowers.
    • Take a walk in the grounds and enjoy the scenery.

One comment

  1. wheatypetesworld

    Great photos, as usual. Not sure about this AI thing. I prefer to hear the ‘voice’ of the person I know. But AI could probably imitate a style. So anything even vaguely interesting could be imitated to death. I wonder if it could invent a writing style? Can it have babies? Does it feel the pain at the end of a football season? Could it learn to be your best friend? So, AI write a blog about _____ in the style of ____ . Na, it may have other benefits, but not for me in the area of written communication.


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