Walk through one of the finest tree collections in the world set in a spectacular heritage landscape and enjoy a one-night stay, including dinner and a cooked breakfast, at our stylish 17th century coaching inn just a short drive away. Make you own way to Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, which is just 3.3 miles away, where you can admire a treasure trove of rare tree specimens from around the world. Laid out in the heyday of Victorian plant collecting and now managed by the Forestry Commission, the arboretum has 15,000 evergreen and deciduous trees of more than 3,000 varieties all laid out in a parkland setting covering 243 hectares. Highlights include 145 champion trees (the largest or tallest in Britain and Ireland according to the Tree Register of the British Isles), 99 Red Listed rare and endangered trees, and five national plant collections — for Japanese maple cultivars, maple species, bladdernut, lime species and the walnut family.
The historic grounds are Grade I listed and divided into two areas — the Old Arboretum is a formal Victorian-inspired garden that features exotic trees laid out along stately avenues and rides to form beautiful vistas, while Silk Wood is a more relaxed affair, with meandering paths through what is effectively a working woodland. There are 17 miles of paths to explore, and the Forestry Commission has carefully planned many of the trails with the seasons in mind so there is something of interest to see no matter what time of year you visit.
When you’ve had your fill, make your way back home or return to the The King’s Arms if you’ve book an additional night with us.