The arrival to your corporate event or much anticipated holiday must be perfect. First impressions set the tone for the whole event. The team at Brinsop Court has worked hard to ensure that those arriving at this quintessential English country house have that perfect arrival experience.
Driving down the drive, past Ivy cottage to the main gates it is easy for even the most jaded business man to feel a surge of excitement.
On a clear day as you drive down towards the house, you can see right across the Herefordshire countryside to the black mountains and the Skirrid ahead. Ysgyryd Fawr (the welsh name for the Skirrid) forms the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park and today when I drove down, it was covered in snow! Did you know the mountain is also known as Holy Mountain or Sacred Hill.
Over to the right as you approach the main gates is the pear orchard that will eventually bear enough fruit so we can have our very own Brinsop Court Perry – for now though Tom Oliver takes the harvest and uses it for Oliver’s Cider.
Approaching the main gates ahead is the sweeping circular drive and the solid-looking oak front door to Brinsop Court.
There is a marvellous flowering cherry tree in front of the house that was originally planted by Sir Derrick and Lady Bailey. It is a fantastic indicator of the seasons. In late winter, early spring a host of snowdrops come up beneath it – so many they are almost a carpet. In spring and early summer we get a tree weighed down with blossom and by the autumn the leaves have turned amazing reds and golds. It really is such a gem.
Before reaching the door though, the moat needs to be crossed! This is much easier than it sounds as the drive is straight over the moat and it’s wonderful to see the water surrounding the house and enjoy the wildfowl who make their home here at Brinsop Court. The moat is stocked with fish too so that holiday makers can fish for their supper and competitive corporate team building can be organised using the moat for a fishing game.
And finally, the guests arrive at the front door. Normally we keep the front door ajar which in itself is an invitation to come in and explore your home for the duration. The door is huge and thick and so evocative of the medieval era. Stepping inside the house for the first time visitors and guests are overwhelmed by the atmosphere. There’s just something about Brinsop Court, and it needs to be felt to be understood. We call it the magic of Brinsop.
We realise that sometimes photographs and words just don’t do Brinsop Court justice, so we want to encourage people to come and see the place for themselves if they are thinking of booking a wedding or corporate event and whilst sometimes it can be difficult if we have guests in the house, we will do our best to find a mutually convenient time. Just pick up the phone and make a date!