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Snowdrops: 8th Feb - 2 March daily; 12noon - 4pm
Easter & May BH Suns & Mons 12pm-4pm;
Floral Festival: 28th & 29th June; 12 noon - 5pm
Chilli Festival: 24th & 25th Aug Bank Holiday Sun & Mon.; 10am - 5pm
20+ pre-booked all year @£5.00pp
Coaches & Mini-buses welcome.
29th June 12 noon - 5pm
Spring & early Summer.
Adult £5; Child under 16s £2, under 12s free; Light refreshments available.
Chilli Festival Adult £7.50; Child under 16 £2.50, under 12s free.
Catering by arrangement. Disabled access is free but limited because of steep steps and ancient fortifications. On BH weekends teas are available in village hall.
Magnificent folly, ruined Norman castle, old and contemporary sculptures. Fantastic views over water, kitchen garden, roses, herbaceous borders. Children's animal trail, Wildlife and dragonfly pond & fish to feed. Floral Festival: 27th/28th June; 12 - 6pm Chilli Festival: 30th & 31st Aug Bank Holiday; Sun & Mon.; 10am - 5pm
Rose Cottage, Ardeley
The Bell, Benington
Jolly Waggoner, Ardeley
George & Dragon, Watton-at-Stone
Laid out on the site of a Norman castle overlooking Norman fishponds with views over unspoilt countryside. Near the house is a formal garden entered by a Pulham neo-Norman gate house. The old drive to the house cuts across the western outlook and leads to a completely re-designed rock/water garden with a good display of primulas in the spring. It backs onto double herbaceous borders, famous for their atmosphere and individual planting style. A wall backs the borders enclosing a kitchen garden, still productive, with raised individual beds. The garden is also famous for its display of snowdrops.
Restored by present owner's wife, grandson and grand-daughter-in-law. Previously a private 9-hole golf course, with virtually no garden. It is on the site of a Norman castle and is the only vernacular Norman stonework in Herts.