Eastnor Castle is a couple of kilometres from Ledbury and information indicated it was worth visiting. It is a 200 year old house built as a castle. It’s extensive grounds provided a variety of different opportunities although it was too wet to venture beyond the house. Although the family still live there it is available for open days, weddings, events etc. Whoever is responsible for managing it appears to do so with some imagination and ability. Unlike many such new builds of the era where money from industry bankrolled construction and decoration I was advised that many of the ancestors were military men who made “judicious” marriages. One of the descendants was a Governor of the Australian state of Victoria with a temporary period as Governor General. The website has videos which show the castle and location in a much better light than my photos. https://eastnorcastle.com/
A fire was burning in one of the fireplaces and it smelled very smokey. I was glad that I didn’t need to live there.
There were many other rooms and sights including one room devoted to armour and armoury of different periods and locations and a chapel.