Visit to Hellens House nr Much Marcle – June 2023
On Tuesday 6th June seventeen members of Pershore Civic Society visited Hellens House near Much Marcle in Herefordshire.
Hellens is a much-loved Tudor/Jacobean home with an incredible tapestry of stories, characters, furniture and art ( Hogarth, Van Dyck, Burne-Jones, Reynolds). The house is surrounded by gardens and 150 acres of woodland and wildflower meadows. With a history dating back to 1057 it is one of the oldest historic houses in England and a living monument to much of this country’s history.
Our excellent volunteer guide, Elizabeth Mullenger, gave us a fascinating tour of the house and her experience, knowledge and enthusiasm made for an extremely interesting and enjoyable afternoon. After the tour we had a welcome cup of tea accompanied by delicious home made cakes.
Sadly the weather was overcast, but this didn’t stop many of us after tea enjoying a stroll in the gardens. Designed along Tudor and Jacobean lines, to reflect the house’s history, they included a yew labyrinth, a rare octagonal dovecote, a physic garden and wonderful views of the Malvern Hills.