In a Nutshell
Some dog friendly shopping amongst the setting of a Georgian house and gardens. A pleasant place to wile away a couple of hours in a peaceful setting of ornamental lakes and gardens, with some light gifting and curio shopping thrown in. Perhaps not enough to warrant a special trip, but combined with a visit to nearby Ludlow would make a worthwhile stop-off.
Parking & Pooping
Burford House & Garden is situated on the A456, just west of Tenbury Wells and Burford. In this south Shropshire area, fast roads are few and far between and you'll most likely approach it from the north/south A49 or from the east on the A456 if coming from the Midlands. There is ample free parking on site amongst well lawned areas so pups will have no problem stretching their legs after the car journey. Toilets are found behind the cafe and garden centre.
Walking is easy here. Large lawned areas, criss-crossed with gravel paths. Just watch out for ponds! There are benches dotted about and plenty of seating outside the cafe. In the gardens behind the house, there are numerous benches on the verandah and in the garden to relax on. The whole site is dog-friendly, including the house and the cafe.
Keeping the Humans Amused
The small complex houses a garden centre, cafe, a 'salvage shop', childrens play area and of course, the house and grounds. The house has been converted to offer two floors of gifts, antiques and curios and has an eclectic but generally good quality mix of items for sale. Walking through the house, you can access the four acre garden, which is currently being restored by volunteers and offers a pleasant place to sit by the house or river and enjoy the views.
The garden centre felt a little sparse on our early spring visit, but as the site was subject to a recent buy-out I expect it will be developed in the months to come. There is a small childrens play area with a timber play frame, but you get the feel the centre is aimed at a more mature audience. The salvage shop stocks an array of architectural salvage and garden antique items and is worth a good rummage.
There is a sizeable cafe to the side of the garden centre, with ample seating both inside and out. Dogs are allowed to sit in with you too. There is the usual range of light meals, sandwiches, cakes and drinks.