Days out in Yorkshire: Hodstock Priory, Blyth

ORIGINAL FEATURES: The 16th century gatehouse at Hodstock Priory.

ORIGINAL FEATURES: The 16th century gatehouse at Hodstock Priory.

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Anyone looking to get away from the world for a while would be wise to visit Hodsock Priory, hidden on the wooded South Yorkshire border.

The 800-acre estate captures perfectly the old-world mystery of the barely altered medieval landscape in which it is set, thanks to a painstaking restoration of the house and its grounds in 2007 using period materials and techniques. The estate’s original 16th century gatehouse survives from a time in which it may have been a familiar landmark to Robin Hood in nearby Sherwood Forest.

Romance in the great outdoors is firmly on the cards, with Hodsock’s famous Snowdrop Spectacular. A bloom of over four million snowdrops carpets the woods surrounding the estate during the spring, which is celebrated by the Priory between February and March with special events every weekend for all ages including the Snowdrop village and the beer and bangers weekend.

The grounds themselves are also an attraction to nature lovers, with a variety of wildlife making home there all year round. Expect to see Green Woodpeckers, Yellowhammers, Owls and Kestrel in the woods, as well as Kingfishers and Dragonflies around the lake.

To make a longer day of it, Hodsock Priory is in easy reach of all the variety that Yorkshire has to offer. Straddling the border with its southern county; the high ground of the Peak District, the bustling city of Sheffield and the striking Yorkshire coast are no more than an hour away.

More is to be found within the priory walls. For over 200 years the estate has held the landed gentry in comfort and style, to which you have the chance to become accustomed during your visit.

Guided tours of the house are available when booked in advance, or you can experience even more of what the estate has to offer during the Snowdrop Spectacular. Treat that special someone to a Valentine’s Day dinner in the opulent Panelled Room, or afternoon tea in the award winning gardens.

A packed programme of events during weekends throughout the year include music events such as The Proms, live Shakespearean theatre and themed afternoon teas. Or, simply visit for the day, explore the extensive gardens and tackle one of the treasure trails.

Hodsock Priory is the perfect combination between outdoor retreat and grand residence.

FACTFILE

Price: Time and event dependent (see website for more details)

Opening Times: Time and event dependent (See website for more details)

Address: Hodsock Priory, Blyth

Car Parking: On site

Attraction Website: www.hodsockpriory.com

Telephone: 01909 591 204

Sat Nav: S81 0TY

For more information and deals on great days out see www.yorkshire.com

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