Frampton on Severn

Rosie Daniel takes a look at Frampton on Severn – a jewel in the Vale of Berkeley

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Located on a bend of the River Severn, the historian Nikolaus Pevsner described Frampton as ‘the most interesting and attractive village in the Vale of Berkeley’. Surrounded by green fields on all sides Frampton offers visitors a true rural village experience. Step onto Frampton’s village green, the largest in England, and look out for frogs, dragonflies and birds by the three village ponds. With the sheer quantity of flora and fauna it’s really not surprising that much of this village is a site of special scientific interest.

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Frampton is filled with ancient architectural beauty but most notable are the buildings belonging to Frampton Court estate. On one side of the green you will find a 16th century Manor and facing it is the splendid 18th century Frampton Court. Hidden away in the extensive parkland is the Orangery, a beautiful and enchanting 18th century garden house.

Take a walk along the canal on a summer Sunday and you’ll get the opportunity to sample a cream tea at the magical Saul Lodge. Open a gate in the hedge and a beautiful garden rife with wild flowers will greet you, tables set in tiny clearings offer you a place to sit. The cream tea arrives in a mismatch of colourful crockery that certainly adds to the naïve charm of this unusual tearoom.

For a real treat time your visit so it coincides with that of the traditional English Gifford’s Circus. It includes acts such as a strongman, horse whispering, dancing, acrobatics, a performer who juggles fire and walks the tightrope simultaneously and much more. The circus is legendary and guarantees a truly enjoyable show.

The spectacular Berkeley castle is just a short drive down river, it dates back to the 11th century but has remained in the hands of the Berkeley family for over 900 years. The Castle is famous for being the sight of Edward II gruesome murder. The castle offers various events all year round and is the perfect day out for all ages.

If you are lucky then your stay in Frampton may coincide with the famous Severn Bore. The Severn Bore is an impressive tidal wave that works its way up the Severn Estuary over a distance of around 25 miles. This natural event attracts hordes of spectators and extreme sports enthusiasts, some of which brave the cold water to surf the wave. The water reaches speeds of up to 20 kmph as it nears Minsterworth and the width of the River Severn narrows. Arrive on the riverbank early to secure a good vantage point.

Places to eat

The Ragged Cot is a 17th Century coaching Inn located in the nearby village of Minchinhampton. This country pub offers traditional British fare using local produce but adds its own sophisticated twist. For excellent seafood head just a little way up river to the great ox bow bend and enjoy the hospitality of The Old Passage restaurant.

Places to stay

Visitors now have the unique opportunity to stay in a stunning grade one listed building in Frampton court estate. Frampton court offers accommodation that projects Georgian elegance. Each room is light and airy and contains fine period furnishings. If the Orangery has taken your interest then you will be pleased to learn that you can it too offers overnight stays. The Orangery sleeps up to eight people and gives guest complete seclusion with views over the ornamental canal.

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Did you know?

Frampton on Severn is said to have been the birthplace of Rosamund Clifford the famous mistress of Henry II.