Distillery tours – Gin making workshops – Tasting sessions – Accommodation available Black Mountains Botanicals was started in 2018 by Lloyd & Glyn of the Bridge inn Michaelchurch Escley, making award winning gins which range from silky smooth cuts, to fruity Herefordshire apple blends. Shop the collection here. The Black Mountains Botanicals distillery sits in the shadow of the rugged Black Mountains, surrounded by the fields and orchards of Herefordshire, and is the perfect place for blending smooth gins, infused with natural Herefordshire flavours. You can also purchase Gift Vouchers for a bottle of award winning Gin or towards a Gin Making Experience.
Dining at Lemore Manor Hotel & Resort is a journey of the senses. There are so many ways to dine. If your palette leans toward the elegant and more formal then the glorious bistro tastes in The Manor House will suit. If you prefer the more informal then there is the lively vibe of The Chalet – something new to Lemore. This Winter, you can also expect your own Alpine Ski experience, with Après Ski and Ski Sunday to name but a few. If you are looking for tranquil and intimate then private dining from The Glass House or The Lakeside Pod will be more to your liking. Dining is now open to non-residents from Wednesday through to Sunday for Lunch, Dinner and Afternoon Teas. Learn more about Lemore Manor Hotel & Resort.
Big Domain specialises in large accommodation for group holidays throughout the UK. Passionate about bringing people together, their vast collection of large holiday cottages are equipped to cater for large numbers sleeping anything from 8 people. Their handpicked collection of large houses in Herefordshire includes everything from big country estates to cosy farmhouses, setting you at the heart of this beautiful county. What makes them extra special, and perfect for big groups is the range of extra facilities that are on offer. You can choose from hot tubs, games rooms, swimming pools and tennis courts for an extra special group holiday in Herefordshire. Their collection of big houses caters for every type of group from multi-generational families to groups of friends, offering space, fabulous facilities, easy access to Herefordshire’s leading attractions, and a touch of luxury too! With many of them welcoming dogs, no member of the family needs to miss out. Experts in celebrating special occasions, their dedicated collection of party houses are perfect for milestone events like birthdays, anniversaries, hen and stag parties, and even weddings too! You’ll find properties with their own bar, function rooms and the option for catering. Whether you’re planning a big celebration, an […]
The Viking Games is the latest venture from the team at Battlelands. The activities are run from the Herefordshire family farm that has been passed down through the generations. The farm has spectacular views of the Black Mountains and the Golden Valley. A fantastic range of viking inspired group activities are available. Take part in one or all six traditional nordic games. Try your hand at Axe Throwing, Archery, Bullrings, Kubb, Molkky or Stige. Test your ability and agility to see whether you have what it takes to become a true Viking warrior. Available for groups, couples, Families, Hen and Stag parties, birthday surprises and team building. Get in touch with the team and find your inner viking warrior. Also see Laserclayz. and Battlelands
Brobury House Garden is open every day, all year round. Set on the banks of The River Wye, the gardens offer an idyllic setting for this Victorian style terraced garden. The panoramic views of the surrounding Herefordshire countryside really complement the formal gardens. The magnificent trees give structure to the garden and showcase the original design providing a focal point for the gardens. The present owners, Keith and Pru Cartwright have been at Brobury since 2001 and have embarked on a programme of restoration and development in conjunction with their garden designer Peter Antonius. It is a garden for all seasons. whether you visit for the first flush of Spring blossom or the spectacular late Autumn blaze…and beyond into the pale light of Winter, there is always interest and beauty. There are three formal water features which have been intertwined into the original terraces – a bog garden has now been established at the bottom of the specimen tree walk and from this paths follow a stream through woodland, leading finally to the two acre water-meadow beyond. The most recent water feature is a Lutyens-inspired pool with steps and an ornamental arrangement of flower beds. Opening times: The gardens are […]
Brand new in 2020 this conveniently located holiday cottage in Herefordshire adjoins an award-winning country inn, The Crown at Woolhope, in the heart of the picturesque village of Woolhope, just 6 miles from Hereford City. With 7 bedrooms, 9 beds, 5 bath/shower rooms, a unique converted commercial kitchen/dining room and large garden, this holiday cottage for groups or families has been designed for celebrations and foodie experiences, as well as traditional holidays, or, with the pub directly next door, it’s a brilliant party house for stag and hen parties. It sleeps up to 14 in 7 bedrooms. The 6 first floor bedrooms enjoy wonderful views of the Woolhope dome SSSI.With the owner a cider fan, with his own on-site micro-brewery, (the pub has won Cider Pub of the Year more than once) the rooms are named after famous cider fruit varieties. 2 super king-size, which can be twins, 2 doubles, one of which is en-suite, 1 king-size, 1 twin, a bunk bedroom is located on the ground floor. This is next to the downstairs shower room which leads to the snug and large kitchen/dining room. There is a large open-plan kitchen and dining area which has been converted from a […]
Portland House is a spacious Grade 11 listed Georgian House positioned in a village setting within an area of outstanding natural beauty. The house is full of character and charm, on the cusp of three beautiful counties (Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire) and just opposite Symonds Yat at the edge of the Forest of Dean. There are rural views from most of the seven bedrooms. There is also a room downstairs which, with prior arrangement, can be made into another bedroom for those with accessibility challenges with a well-appointed bathroom next door. Portland House is ideal for large group gatherings and celebrations including Hen and Stag parties, family get-togethers and with plenty of areas to break away into and make felxible use of the rooms. The Kitchen has good range of cooking facilities with an aga, eye level double electric ovens and grill, a hob with both gas and electric rings. Plus two microwaves, one of which is convection oven and grill. Fridge/freezer and cupboards containing utensils, equipment, and china sufficient for catering for 20 people. The utility room contains a dishwasher, and the userful boot room has a washing machine and tumble dryer. With both rooms leading from outdoors these […]
Part of two beautiful properties in one stunning location. Long View Cottages have amazing views of the Herefordshire countryside and hills. Hill View House, sleeps 10 and is a Luxury, modern house with wonderful views. Stone Cottage which is close by sleeps 2. Hill View House has been finished to a very high standard. It has light, spacious kitchen with high spec appliances, beautiful décor, underfloor heating, Sonos system and a lovely gas fireplace to make the cold days nice and cosy. There are 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms in total. There are 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms upstairs. Three bedrooms have super king size beds and one bedroom has a double bed. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms. There is a TV in each bedroom. The house has an advantage of a downstairs bedroom (king size bed) with en-suite wet room. This bedroom is perfect for people who find stairs difficult. The kitchen and dining area is open plan, divided from the seating area by a built in, gas fire place adding to the modern feel. There is a separate snug room with large TV. The kitchen is spacious and light with two fridges, chiller, microwave, electric hobs and ovens. There is a […]
Enjoy a guided tour of Wythall Estate’s Vineyard followed by a tutored wine tasting in the Manor house. South Herefordshire has an excellent grape-growing environment, and the Wythall Estate near Ross-on-Wye provides a wonderful experience to understand more about the wine-making process and of course the growing and harvesting of these special vines. Vineyard tours and tutored wine tastings take place on Saturdays throughout the year. Each tour is a maximum of 25 people and pre‑booking is required. Groups are welcome and group organisers should contact the estate by email to discuss available dates. The Vineyard Tour Arrive at 12.00 noon for a walking tour of the Vineyard with Frank. He will talk about the grape varieties grown at Wythall Estate, the pruning methods used and explain about the vine management from planting through to harvesting. Frank will also share his knowledge of growing, maintaining and harvesting the grape varieties chosen, all of which perfectly suit the English climate and are now producing Wythall’s unique and award‑winning wines. Wine Tasting Following the tour of the vineyard, owner Jamie McIntyre will welcome the group into the dining room at Wythall Manor. Guests will be able to taste all the wines currently […]
DUE TO NEW LAWS REGARDING CORONAVIRUS LITTLE GAEFIELDS IS TAKING BOOKINGS FOR 6 PEOPLE IN 3 COTTAGES. PLEASE CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK. Little Gaerfields is a large self-catering holiday home on a farm sleeping up to 18 plus 7 in 8 super kings plus singles and bunk beds etc in the Herefordshire Wye Valley. Also close to the Forest of Dean and the Welsh border. Once used for storing hay and milking cows in. The old red sandstone barn (built-in 1650) has been lovingly and thoughtfully converted into a large 4-star gold holiday house. Nestled in the sleepy South Herefordshire countryside Little Gaerfields has lots to offer guests. A huge dining room/kitchen for up to 30 with log burner in inglenook fireplace. Two TV room’s, underfloor heating, comfortable superking 6′ beds ( all double beds in the house can be made to singles for hen parties etc. There are two ground floor bedrooms with wet rooms one fully set up for disabled. The swimming pool with swim jet and sauna is perfect to entertain everyone. Play games in the fields, have a mooch in Bryn’s Wood then down to the old pond, feed the hens in the […]
The Angel is a 4 Silver Star property, located in the centre of Abergavenny and has been named ‘Welsh Hotel of The Year 2020’ by The Good Hotel Guide. Situated between 7 hills on the Welsh/English border, Abergavenny is often referred to as ‘The Gateway to Wales’. The Angel is in the centre of Abergavenny and is a two minute walk from Abergavenny Castle and the beautiful Linda Vista Gardens. The hotel is within walking distance of Abergavenny Train Station and there is plenty of parking available nearby (either on site or across the street in the public car park). The hotel consistently provide 5 star service in a warm, stylish environment, from morning coffee to lunches, award-winning high teas to dinners and from events to overnight stays. Sister properties which are located nearby include The Walnut Tree (Michelin starred restaurant), The Art Shop & Chapel, The Abergavenny Hotel and The Angel Bakery, who supply all properties with the most delicious breads and pastries. Also see The Oak Room Restaurant.
The Craft Gallery at Old Mayors Parlour offers a first-floor space for the use of artists, artisans, and art-related exhibitors; enabling contemporary artists to present 2-D and 3-D work in a 14th Century building. Old Mayor’s Parlour is located at 23 Church Street, above John McKellar Designer Jewellery, the Independent Quarter in Hereford City. The first floor gallery at the historic and listed Old Mayor’s Parlour building has undergone sympathetic internal and external refurbishment with the involvement of English Heritage. It’s a glorious timber-framed building dating back to the early fourteenth century. It once belonged to and was used by the Custos Rotulorum, the keeper of the rolls, (county’s records) and the Vicars Choral (the men of the Cathedral Choir). Created in 1605 the rare and highly decorated plaster ceiling shows the first version of the Herefordshire coat of arms, as well as, cherubim, oak leaves, acorns, and a fresco of what is believed to be Hereford Castle. Castle Green is located nearby where the remains are thought to be hidden under the grass. Thus the venue is of interest to residents and visitors to the City who are art buyers and collectors, gallery browsers, history buffs or those just […]
The unique, beautiful cottages and two gatehouse lodges in the grounds of Pudleston Court represent an exclusive holiday location in the north of the county. The cottages and two gatehouse lodges are newly fitted to a high standard each with their own private garden – ideal for that lazy outdoor breakfast in the morning sunshine, or for just relaxing after lunch. Or you could light the barbeque in the evening and simply enjoy food, the ambience and the company. The stay in The Gaggles includes access to the on-site leisure complex where there is a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Towels are provided. Sleeps 8 – 4 Bedrooms The stay in The Butlers Cottage and either of the two gatehouse lodges includes access to a sauna and hot tub in the enclosed garden. Towels are provided. Sleeps 8 – 4 Bedrooms There is also Adam Lodge which sleeps 4 and Eve Lodge which also sleeps 4. Cottages can be booked together or individually. The estate offers beautiful lakeside and woodland walks where you can take your dog, or bring your fishing rod and relax by the lake. Only one hour’s drive from The Cotswolds, Herefordshire boasts a […]
Wye Valley Falconry is the brainchild of Luke Mammatt, a Falconer from Hereford who has worked at a number of centres around the UK over a 14 year career. Luke has now returned to Herefordshire to establish his own business. Yet he has no premises. Rather, he offers Private Experiences and Events where clients get to meet and fly various birds of prey such as Hawks, Falcons and Owls. A private one-to-one experience, where you get to handle and fly the birds, will make you understand why Birds of Prey are one of the most fascinating predators in the world. These experiences vary in duration and are available all throughout the year. A Flying Display will show you their amazing aerial agility and natural hunting techniques. Educational Visits to any club or organisation (covering any age-group – nurseries to residential homes) will teach you about their evolutionary features, characteristics and behaviours. Why not take photographs in full flight, witness on a Photography Experience a falcon flying past at nearly 100mph, see the agility of the hawk and the stealth of an owl. The birds will also be placed on rocks, fences and branches for that natural looking static shot. Finally Wye […]
Barton Court, Colwall, WR13 6HN between Ledbury and Malvern, surrounded by glorious countryside is the perfect location for any corporate or business activity. At the rear of the main house and formed from the outbuildings that surround the 13th century dovecote is a period courtyard complex of the newly refurbished buildings. The Engine Room and Loose Box are now available for hire. The Saw Mill and Dutch Barn will be ready later in the year. The Engine Room is a light filled, white painted space, 15 metres by4.5, with lovely views over the glorious countryside. It is suitable for any number of uses from workshops, conferences, presentations, meetings to dinners and children’s parties. It has plentiful toilet facilities adjacent and can be taken with a catering kitchen for an additional charge. The Loose Box, once the Georgian stables, now functions as the bar and bistro serving locally sourced and made produce showcasing the best that Herefordshire has to offer in quirky, interesting surroundings. Small, informal meetings work well in this space. The splendid main house is also available to rent on an ad hoc basis for launches, meetings and corporate events. An exquisite example of 18th century architecture, it is […]
Barton Court, Colwall, is a period country house on the edge of a charming village, in its own grounds, surrounded by spectacular countryside. Between the two very different vibrant towns of Malvern and Ledbury, it is private but not isolated. The station one mile away has direct connections with London, Bristol and Birmingham and the motorway network is only 3 miles away, making it easy for people from all over the country to travel to. The house is Georgian, beautifully preserved and filled with period features, which has undergone a sensitive refurbishment programme to introduce – discretely – modern facilities and creature comforts while enhancing all of its historic charm. It sleeps up to 24 in 10 bedrooms in the main house with 9 bathrooms [8 ensuite]. The drawing room is dominated by a remarkable 250 year old plasterwork ceiling and floor to ceiling windows that look south over the hills. There is a formal dining room and a library plus 6 acres of grounds to enjoy exploring. For larger parties, the annexe wing, now renovated, can be opened up to accommodate an additional 8 or 10 guests As well as the main house, The Clock Tower has been given […]
Leominster’s Swan Brewery was set up in 2015 by Jimmy Swan, a brewer of over 25 years’ experience, with the aim to brew classic beer styles exceptionally well. The brewery is 10 barrels in size, a microbrewery, which means each batch is 2,880 pints of expertly brewed ale. Raw materials are chosen with care: about 85% of the hops used are grown in Herefordshire or Worcestershire; the brewing grain is grown in the east of England; a unique strain of yeast is used which is propagated and harvested each time. Swan Brewery ales include their flagship Swan Gold 4.0%, refreshing golden ale, Ruffled Feathers 3.8% crisp, bright ale and Swan Blonde 3.7% Herefordshire hopped blonde ale. Look out for seasonal specials such as Black Swan 4.5% roasted coffee stout; Swan on the Wye 4.2% pale summer ale; Lemner Ore 4.1% deep golden ale and Winter Swanderland 4.8% warming winter ale. Their range of bottled ales has Arm Breaker IPA 6.0% quintessential English IPA topping the tree. Customers for Swan Brewery cask ales are pubs, clubs, festivals and events in Herefordshire and neighbouring counties. They also offer party beer in 9, 18 or 36 pint packs for celebrations and events. The […]
Iconic hotel in City centre location With a full refurbishment underway in 2019, this grand old hotel is getting a major face lift. Whenever you visit this year, all are guaranteed a warm welcome from the friendly staff and a comfortable stay in one of the 83 bedrooms. Whether looking for a romantic break, a trip with friends, a family getaway or solo business trip there is a room to suit every traveller. All rooms are en suite and benefit from free WiFi. Guests and day visitors alike will soon be able to enjoy some of the best food and drink Herefordshire has to offer in the hotel coffee shop, restaurant, cocktail bar or lounge – please check the website for launch dates! The Hereford (Restaurant) Welcoming residents and non-resident, The Hereford, will launch in September 2019 with an exciting menu of modern British food. Look for light lunches, a la carte evening menus and classic Sunday roasts, with local produce and of course Hereford steak featuring highly on the menu. The Hereford Restaurant (Opening Sunday 1st September) Monday-Saturday Lunch 12.00 – 14.30 Monday – Thursday Dinner 18.00-21.30 Friday – Saturday Dinner 18.00-22.00 Sunday Extended Lunch 12.00-20.30 Bookings can be […]
Laserclayz is part of Battlelands, a family run activity centre based in the Herefordshire hills offering three great activities; Paintball, Laser Clay Shooting & Splatmaster. Laser Clay Shooting is an outdoor hi-tec electronic version of the countryside sport of clay pigeon shooting, with each player using a modified shotgun to fire infrared laser beams at real clays launched from a real clay trap. It is an activity which can be enjoyed by everyone whatever their age or ability. Unlike clay pigeon shooting there are no dangers to be worried about, it gives no kick back, no loud bangs and leaves no mess behind. The system is run by batteries so needs no electricity, its therefore portable and can be played anywhere. Invite Laserclayz to your property or to a holiday home your staying at, they can even entertain your wedding guests. Its the perfect activity for any kind of celebration, family get together or team bonding. Group sizes of 6 to 30 work best but they can accommodate any group size. A usual session lasts for 1 to 2 hours, with 3 to 4 team games followed by an individual round. Who will be crowned the hotshot of the day? Also see Battlelands and The Viking Games
Battlelands is a family run activity centre based in the Herefordshire hills offering three great activities; Paintball, Laser Clay Shooting & Splatmaster. The perfect venue for birthday parties looking for a memorable way to celebrate; corporate and school groups who are looking for team building; hen, stag parties; plus groups of friends who’d like to break out of their normal routine with an action-packed day out. All group sizes can be accommodated with activities for those who are 8 years upwards. The on-site Glamping area, Up On A Hill, can be booked exclusively and offers three luxury lotus belle tents and a shepherd hut. Stay, Play and Partaaay !! Also see Laserclayz and The Viking Games
Chase Distillery is a family owned, British Field to Bottle distillery, creating fine spirits from their farm in Herefordshire. They set up their business in 2008 to challenge the status quo in the white spirits industry. If people are interested in the terroir for their wine or the barrel aging for their whisky, then why shouldn’t they be interested in how their white spirits have been crafted? Why Chase? Well, they grow British Potatoes which they distil into Chase Vodka and then blend or redistil into their range of spirits, including Chase GB Gin. The Chase family have a passion for farming and distil from scratch, taking 250 glorious Herefordshire potatoes to make every bottle. The quality of Chase’s products isn’t by chance. It takes meticulous dedication, craftsmanship and passion from the team. This approach, entirely from field to bottle, really makes Chase different and it is something you can taste in their spirits. Visit the Field to Bottle distillery in Herefordshire, just four miles from Hereford City centre. Chase Distillery’s unique tour and tasting experience unlocks some of the secrets and skills that go into creating their award-winning range of spirits. Your expert guide will talk you through everything […]
There are four self catering holiday cottages at Luntley Court Farm Cottages providing first class accommodation. Tastefully converted from sixteenth century farm buildings located on a working livestock farm with fishing rights on the river Arrow. The holiday cottages are situated in the rolling hills of North Herefordshire, in the heart of the Welsh Marches, between the historic towns of Ludlow and Hay-On-Wye. Situated in the hamlet of Luntley, the farm is on the black & white medieval trail of north Herefordshire and the village of Pembridge itself is known as the ”Jewel in the Crown” of the ”Black & White Village Trail”. These beautiful cottages are the pride and joy of David & Sandra Owens, who have lovingly maintained each one to a very high standard. Each is fully equipped with electric cooker; washing machine; microwave; dishwasher and crockery making them perfect for a self catering holiday in Herefordshire. Towels and bed linen are included in the rental as is water and electricity. Each lounge has a colour TV, DVD player and iPod docking station. Broadband wireless internet connection available for your laptop. Sorry but no pets allowed!
Oaker Wood Glamping Specialises in group Glamping for between 12 and 120 people, including School Residential Trips, Stag and Hen weekends, rugby and other sports tours, and family reunions and parties. There are two entirely separate Glamping Villages and offer all group bookings exclusivity in one of the Villages. Each village has its own facilities, covered dining area, cooking facilities, fire circle and Barbecue Hut. Accommodation is in wooden pods sleeping between 4 and 8. Pods have electric lights and heaters for the colder months. At the heart of each Glamping Village is a covered dining area. Your stay can be on either a catered or self catered basis, with all utensils and cooking equipment provided. Each Glamping Village has a Scandinavian style barbecue hut where groups may enjoy a barbecue whatever the British weather brings us. The seated fire circle, overlooking the sun setting over the Welsh mountains, is where groups congregate at the end of each day. Each village has hot showers and toilets. Peace is of the essence as mobile signal is limited – so you can truly get away from it all. Bookings at the Glamping Villages is for groups only – min 12 people – and […]
If you are considering something different, look no further than the exclusive tours around the British Cassis farm in Herefordshire. The tours will provide interest and just a little taste of this delicious liqueur. The estate is set in the rolling fields of Herefordshire where White Heron Properties grow 150 acres of blackcurrants, some of it destined for British Cassis. Whittern Farms, near Kington in North Herefordshire is where British Cassis was born and is still made today. The tour includes the following: Walk through the Blackcurrant fields and the farm, tasting the fruits at their freshest (during the summer months only) whilst drinking in the fresh air and tranquillity of beautiful north Herefordshire. Visit the small Cassiserie where you will be taken through the steps of manufacture. Bottle your own Cassis which you will take home with you at the end of the day. Enjoy a cocktail demonstration and sample the results. Hear how founder and farmer Jo Hilditch manages a vibrant fruit farm and drinks business (amongst other pursuits) and how she battled Dragons on the road to success! Have the opportunity to buy gifts and stock up your drinks cabinet with this deliciously versatile product. Tour costs: […]
Sharpnage House is a brand new holiday house with a fantastic location in rural Herefordshire and stunning countryside views. Surrounded by unspoilt rolling countryside and farmlands, at this 5 bedroom property you can be assured of excellent standards of accommodation and customer service. It is a 5* Gold rated, luxury accommodation. This fabulous luxury property in Checkley, Herefordshire offers high class accommodation for up to ten people in five bedrooms of which three have en-suite bathrooms. One of these is a ground floor bedroom with a king-size bed and its own facilities which is ideal for grandparents or people finding stairs difficult. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms with super king size beds and 1 twin bedroom with zip and link beds (so can be converted in to a super-king size bed if required and requested in advance). The living area is open plan with a separate kitchen. The house offers Luxury Hypnos beds and The White Company Linen and Towels, free WiFi and also Sonos System. FEATURES Sleeps 10 4 bathrooms FREE WIFI FREE parking Dishwasher Pets welcome Washing machine and tumble dryer Microwave, Fridge and freezer Electric aga and hob Garden Towels provided BBQ & outdoor furniture Linen & […]
The Lion Gallery was opened in 2005 in Leominster to provide a showcase for the best in contemporary craft work and fine art from the region and has since gone on to show nearly 500 makers. You’ll find a range of jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles, wood and mixed media alongside original prints, photographs and some paintings. There is also a great selection of greetings cards and wrapping papers. There is a programme of regular exhibitions as well as an ever changing range of stock from makers young and old – new and well established national names. Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Contact: Andrea Jackson for more information about what is on show. Telephone 01568 611898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
h.Art Sat 4 – 12 September 2021 We’re all looking forward to getting out and about later this year and living life to the full again. Why not get these dates in your diaries. Plan to take the time too feel uplifted and inspired by Herefordshire’s creative people. Enrich your homes and lives with their wonderfully varied art and craftworks. Over 100 venues across the County Herefordshire Art Week is a nine day art trail open to all. Artists, craft-makers and creative businesses open their private studios. Galleries put on special events, whilst groups get together to put on one-off exhibitions, in a wonderful mix of interesting venues across Herefordshire. Since 2002 this county wide art trail has taken place every year in the second week of September. h.Art has become part of Herefordshire’s rich cultural calendar, with a huge variety of art and art forms on show in Open Studios, Group Exhibitions and Gallery Events. With the vast majority offering FREE admission to visitors, h.Art promises a fun day out in one of England’s most beautiful counties. If you are an artist interested in taking part, visit the website Find details of individual events as they are released on our What’s on page
Durstone Farm Holiday Cottages have a range of cottages set in beautiful rolling countryside and just 20 minutes away from the market town and food destination of Ludlow. Couples, families and large groups are welcome as the 4 cottages sleep between 2 and 22 and specialist house parties, large family get togethers and any big get togethers are all taken care of. Large gardens surround the Holiday Cottages and there is a games room, travel cots and high chairs so children of all ages are very welcome. All the cottages have downstairs bedrooms and bathrooms, and The Tack Room is fully accessible, and has a wet room. Dogs welcome. Durstone Cottage Stag and hen groups are welcome at Durstone Cottage which sleeps up to 22. A fantastic rural setting with great views, yet only 10 minutes walk from a village pub it is a favourite with stags and hens wanting to get together and have a party. Little Cowarne Court Little Cowarne Court is a 17 century farmhouse in the small Herefordshire village of Little Cowarne. With 7 double bedrooms, and a triple, this holiday cottage comfortably sleeps 17 and is perfect for family reunions and parties. The Stables This […]
Part of the White Heron Properties portfolio and set in beautiful north Herefordshire in a wonderfully private location, The Sherriffs Holiday House is a 4 Star Grade ll listed Queen Anne House and is located on the Whittern Estate. A holiday at The Sherriffs with family or friends could be the perfect party house for your get together. The accommodation comprises three large reception rooms with a beautiful dining room, drawing room and elegant sitting room. It also boasts a large family kitchen. Upstairs there are 8 large bedrooms with 6 bathrooms (4 en-suite). Sleeps 18. Well behaved pets allowed. See also Field Cottage The Colloquy Gardeners Cottage The Forge Book direct. Why not make the most of your stay and ask about British Cassis tours & tasting. email email@example.com or telephone 01544 340241.
Part of the White Heron Properties portfolio and set in beautiful north Herefordshire in a wonderfully private location, The Colloquy is an exclusive-use property located at the heart of the Whittern Estate. Offering tremendous flexibility, it is a stunning conversion of the Estate’s Victorian stable-yard, which now enjoys modern luxury and excellent leisure facilities. Use of the grounds is included. Designed with imagination and flair, these historic Victorian stable buildings use space to its best advantage, creating a very special environment for business or pleasure. Bedrooms 8 (sleeps 16-23) Kitchens 5 Sitting Rooms 5 Dining Room 1 As a holiday home The Colloquy is perfect for a large holiday gathering of varying ages, where everyone can either be together or break out into their own zones. The flexible areas can be self contained or there are spaces for the whole group to gather, eat, play, relax, party, so you can choose to mingle or have some private time, no matter how big your party. For a full range of the accommodation and facilities, please look on The Colloquy website. For Corporate use With excellent presentation and media facilities, formal and relaxed areas and plenty of spaces for break-out sessions, […]
Rowlestone Farmhouse ice cream embraces the diversified enterprises that have evolved on a small family run dairy farm in the foothills of the Black Mountains of Herefordshire. Whilst the handmade ice cream is at the core of the business the ‘open farm’ and the small exempted campsite are integral to the whole and complement each other. The farm opens at Easter until the end of September. Visitors can access play areas and a woodland adventure trail via a wildlife garden, walk through ancient semi-natural woodland and flower meadows taking in the wonderful views this landscape affords. Campers are provided with clean, well maintained and up to date wash and shower facilities. Grass Pitches are provided either with or without electricity. Well behaved dogs are welcome. The ice cream parlour shows off the products made in the adjacent ‘production room’ ;a process which can be viewed most Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. Light lunches, snacks , tea, coffee and cold drinks are also provided. Many events are attended throughout the summer months; shows, fetes, fund raisers and food festivals with Ice cream and sorbet dispensed either from a cart or traditional serve overs. Private functions and weddings may also be […]
Update: the museum is closed until at least October 2020 CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RISK, PLEASE READ THEIR FULL STATEMENT HERE. The Waterworks Museum – Hereford is a brilliant day out for the whole family as well as the engineering and history enthusiast. Suitable for all ages, this Museum is open one day a week – on a Tuesday between 11am and 4pm, and on 20 in-steam family days each year (Sundays and bank holidays). The Museum Charting the heritage of Herefordshire’s water supply, the Waterworks Museum – Hereford houses a unique collection of working industrial artifacts concerned with the supply of potable water, all in the authentic surroundings of a Victorian waterworks building and grounds. It might not be obvious, but the museum is a time-capsule of social history and the public health development in Herefordshire and beyond. The Museum has possibly the widest chronological range of working water-pumping devices in Britain, with exhibits spanning from 1850 to 2000, whilst authentic working replicas cover some of the earliest water-raising devices of the Greek and Roman periods. The Museum is home to more than thirty working engines of all types. From early beam engines to internal combustion, and everything in between including gas and […]
Kentchurch Court, home of the Lucas-Scudamore family has survived for nearly 1000 years through political alliances, intrigue, advantageous marriages and strong women! Lying beneath Garway Hill in the Monnow valley, close to the city of Hereford, this beautiful historic house and gardens are not to be missed whilst visiting Herefordshire. Features of the gardens include a Rhododendron wood, walled garden and a vegetable garden. Around 250 deer live in The Deer Park, where examples of ancient trees including Yew, Chestnut and a number of large Maple trees can be found. Kentchurch Court is Steeped in history dating back as far as 1058. Read more about the house, family and history. The gardens are open to the public from Good Friday to 30 September. The house is available for group visits of 5 or more, by appointment only. Please check the calendar for opening times and days. Kentchurch Court is a perfect destination for walkers and cyclists to use as a base. Taking advantage of the tea room for their refreshments. Painting groups are welcome to use the gardens and house for inspiration and car clubs often include Kentchurch Court in their itineraries. Dogs are welcome on leads and most of […]
Lemore Manor Hotel & Resort holds the key to a world of much needed escapism in Herefordshire. This 17th-century manor house resort features, en-suite lodges, outdoor dining hubs, kitchen gardens and country experiences. The ultimate rural retreat in the heart of the English countryside. Whether you are considering a wedding, intimate corporate event or a romantic escape for two, your stay at Lemore will be like no other. A truly special service, created around you. Dining Experiences extras include a unique range of facilities for both lunch and dinner. The Lakeside Pod, The Glass House, The Chalet for an Alpine experience this winter or dining in the Manor House. Private Dining and Tasting Menus can all be catered for a special occasion. See below for more details on these options. Accommodation choices include: The Garden Room – a private self contained lodge for couples offering B&B as above and with hot tub and secluded garden. The Shepherds Huts/Lodges – 5 luxury huts with ensuites and their own hot tubs, pizza ovens and butler service. Sold by the night for B&B with the option to have breakfast in the house through the winter. The Main house offers 10 Rooms and is open […]
The Black and White House Museum is a 17th Century timber-framed building The Black and White House Museum is a newly re-opened and refurbished magnificent Jacobean half-timbered building in the heart of Hereford City, furnished in period style. Built in 1621 and home in the past to butchers, saddlers and bankers. Explore the rooms which give a glimpse into daily life in the 17th Century. Including fashion, dining and bedrooms. Learn about the city during the Civil War. Hands on activities for children and families. For those unable to climb the stairs, a virtual tour is situated on the fully-accessible ground floor. There are also Braille and tactile images for the blind and visually impaired. Note parking is available close by. Take a look at the council car parks page. There are public toilet facilities nearby, but not on site. Opening Hours for 2020 (open hours may vary at short notice) Tuesday – Saturday 10-4 Sunday – 12-3 Open Monday 26th October 10-12 and 1-4 Closed for lunch 12-1 on the following dates: 20th, 21st, 22nd, 26th and 27th October Admission Charges Adults – £3 Children – £2 (under 5s free) Family ticket – £9.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children) Access to ground […]
Moorhall Farm is a traditional Grade II listed farmhouse situated just off the A44 on the Worcestershire/Herefordshire border; 4 miles outside the market town of Bromyard and on the outskirts of the village of Whitbourne. Boasts modern and traditional elements. There are six bedrooms, a well equipped kitchen with Aga and range cooker, games/boot room, and a choice of two sitting rooms, one with a wood burner. At a Glance – Sleeps 12 + 4 children – 6 Bedrooms (2 on ground floor) – Wi Fi – Open Fire/Underfloor Heating – Washing Machine – Dishwasher – Microwave, Electric Range & Aga – Smoke-Free – Pub/Shop < 1 mile – Off-Road Parking – Cot Available – Highchair Available – Local, fully qualified child carer available – Minimum of a three night stay – Dog & Pet friendly – please ask for more details when booking Also see Huntlands Farm Huntlands Farm Weddings Huntlands Farm Upholstery
Huntlands Farm Upholstery Courses are run by Lucy Brodie, who also offers excellent accommodation facilities at Huntlands Farm. Enrol on an upholstery course with expert tuition from Lucy who holds a qualification with the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers having been trained in the use of modern and traditional materials and methods. Take your own furniture and choose from two days for a small project or longer for something bigger. For further details about courses including cost and stay-over options, click here You will need sufficient fabric to cover your project, all other materials are in stock and will come with a charge as you use them. See also Huntlands Farm Huntlands Farm Weddings Moorhall Farm
Orgasmic Cider Company: Craft Cider & Perry makers The Orgasmic Cider Company is a family business & working farm based at Great Parton Farm in the beautiful Wye Valley, Herefordshire. Growing, harvesting and producing Cider, Perry & Fruit Juice using traditional methods. Once pressed the pure juice is fermented in barrels and bottled when ready, with no artificial preservatives or additives, which is why it tastes so good. You are welcome to visit the shop and take an orchard walk (weather permitting) combined with cider & perry tasting, In the shop you can TRY BEFORE YOU BUY! Plus there are lots of other local goodies such as cassis, liquers, local ales and hand-made crafts. Coach parties and groups are welcome to visit by arrangement , to avoid disappointment please call in advance to ensure they are open, as the family are busy farming too! There is also a venue barn for hire, which is suitable for informal, rustic parties and events. There is a reconstructed, original cider mill which had been removed and discarded in a field in 1954, this is the first thing you will see as you arrive at Great Parton Farm. FB: GreatPartonFarm Twitter: OrgasmicCiderCo Instagram: The Orgasmic Cider Company
Inspiring staff will encourage you to explore and be creative Hereford College of Arts is a specialist arts college. Based in the compact historic city of Hereford, in the midst of exceptional landscape, this dynamic creative community offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, college-level courses and a rich, varied short course programme. Whether you join as a practising artist, a keen amateur or a complete beginner, you’ll benefit from expert tuition. Inspiring staff will encourage you to explore and be creative, developing your skills and building on your own individual talents. HCA provides day workshops, short courses, and evening talks to inspire your creativity. Our short course program covers everything from design crafts to floristry and gardens, business workshops to computer graphics, and fine art to video and photography. Students enjoy exceptional technical facilities with well-equipped studios for photography, drawing and painting, music, plus a performing arts theatre and specialist workshops in textiles, ceramics, 3D Fabrication, print and small metals. So whether you feel most inspired with a paint brush, camera, yarn, or pliers in-hand, you’ll be all set to create. Or the digital media suites offer limitless high-tech possibilities for graphic design, illustration, animation and film-making. At Hereford College of […]
UPDATE: The Hyde and The Freeth on Netherwood Estate are usually let to large parties, but the ‘rule of 6’ means that many of these have had to cancel. As a result the houses are offered to small groups for greatly discounted prices. Incredibly comfortable, stylishly decorated and well-equipped, these are tucked away at the end of long private roads with no neighbours and total peace and quiet. And, of course, Pensons is the nearest restaurant. So, if you fancy a few days away with some close friends or family do have a look at the website. As beautiful inside as it is out The Freeth is a pretty Georgian farmhouse with wonderful views across the Herefordshire countryside, it is beautiful, comfortable and well equipped and has a private indoor heated swimming pool. The Freeth was originally a hunting lodge on the edge of the ancient Netherwood Estate and its medieval deer park. It has now been lovingly restored and transformed into a stylishly furnished and incredibly comfortable house with no detail overlooked. It is hidden away up a no-through road surrounded by some of the most unspoilt, beautiful countryside imaginable. It has a very large, pretty garden as well as […]
UPDATE: The Hyde and The Freeth on Netherwood Estate are usually let to large parties, but the ‘rule of 6’ means that many of these have had to cancel. As a result the houses are offered to small groups for greatly discounted prices. Incredibly comfortable, stylishly decorated and well-equipped, these are tucked away at the end of long private roads with no neighbours and total peace and quiet. And, of course, Pensons is the nearest restaurant. So, if you fancy a few days away with some close friends or family do have a look at the website. Perfect for get togethers, whatever the occasion The Hyde is Grade II* and sleeps 12 in the main house and a further 8 in the adjacent cottage (only a few feet away). Both have been skilfully restored to a high standard with the help of English Heritage. Meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship have revealed the historical spirit of this 13th Century hall house. Set amidst the idyllic countryside of the Herefordshire-Worcerstershire borders, at the end of the mile long drive within the secluded Netherwood Estate, The Hyde nestles around a courtyard bordered by an imposing Elizabethan barn. The Hyde offers flexible space […]
Westonbury Mill Water Gardens is beautiful and fun Garden and follies Westonbury Mill Water Gardens are set in the wonderful wild heart of Herefordshire close to the ‘black-and-white’ village of Pembridge. About half of its 3½ acres is filled with massed planting of vividly colourful moisture-lovers laid out around a tangle of streams and ponds, partly shaded by a backdrop of mature trees. Punctuating the garden are a number of fantastic follies, often featured on national television, which will fascinate and entertain you. Walking amongst the garden’s exuberant growth, you will find that it opens up slowly and provides new interest around each corner. There are lots of benches where you can relax for a long view. The other half of the garden is a wild flower meadow where you can walk alongside the Curl Brook among banks of shrubs and young trees, or climb the spiral path of the great mound in the middle of the meadow and enjoy splendid views of the garden, neighbouring farmland and distant hills. Cafe: There is an excellent cafe for coffee, lunches and teas Plant nursery: There is a wide selection of plants from the garden Information Open: every day from 1st April […]
The Laskett Gardens is uniquely autobiographical The Laskett Gardens is one of the largest private formal gardens to be laid out in England since 1945, the gardens form an ever evolving creation over forty years of the historian, writer and diarist Sir Roy Strong and his late wife, the designer, Julia Trevelyan Oman. Their four acres celebrate an orchestration of surprise and thrilling vistas. There are some twenty different and contrasting ‘rooms’ including a rose garden, a knot garden, an orchard, a pleached lime avenue, parterres, herbaceous borders and the Colonnade Court. New additions in the garden are two stunning mosaics in the orchard and a Belvedere tower from which to view the garden on high – not to be missed. This garden is a unique portrait of its makers, with the story of their marriage and their extraordinary lives woven into its very fabric. Open for Groups, can you change the text to read :- Open for Groups on Tuesdays and Thursdays, individuals can sometimes be tagged on to groups (pre-booking required) Opening dates:- 21st April – July 30th and 2nd September to 29th September. (Closed for August) Contact 07513 124947 or email firstname.lastname@example.org £12 per person inc detailed […]
Who we are Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter was established by ceramic artists Jon Williams and Sarah Monk in 1994. Initially, the Pottery served as a creative space where the couple designed and manufactured individual pots and works of ceramic art. Increasingly Jon & Sarah sought to share their passion and enthusiasm for clay with others, both at the Pottery and in the wider community. The couple have a combined experience of over 40years working with adults, young people and children in settings all over the West Midlands and beyond. What we do Remarkable clay and pottery experiences designed to explore and develop creativity in all ages and abilities. Current offer includes: Educational projects in schools and early years settings, Pottery teambuilding and creative development sessions for businesses and organisations, Potter’s wheel courses for groups and individuals, Hen parties, Themed Children’s workshops in the school holidays, Birthday parties, Drop-in sessions for families and Workshops for festivals and events. Details of our Potter’s Wheel Day or Weekend Workshops throughout 2017 can be found here Details of our Chridren’s School Holiday Pottery sessions can be found here How to book Simply contact the Pottery to check availability and book a session. […]
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust works across the county, looking after its wonderful landscapes and wildlife – and inspiring others to do the same! The trust manage 59 nature reserves which range from the tiny – perfect pockets of meadow and woodland – to the expansive, such as the popular Queenswood Country Park. Touring the nature reserves is a fantastic way to discover the heart of Herefordshire as the trust conserve some of the best examples of the county’s orchards, meadows, riversides, woodland and lakes. Undertaking projects across Herefordshire with partner organisations, landowners and local communities to ensure maintainance of Living Landscapes where wildlife and people can thrive. Most recently work includes restoring a network of ponds across Bromyard Downs, Bringsty Common and National Trust Brockhampton estate as part of the Pooling Together project while along the Lower Lugg Valley, the trust have protected the river banks to improve the water quality and wildlife habitat for the future. Herefordshire Wildlife Trust run events, activities and courses throughout the year and across the county, for all ages. Why not join the WildPlay team for a morning of den making and outdoor cooking, enjoy a guided tour of the reserves with knowledgeable reserve officers or sign up […]
The jewel in the crown of Herefordshire homes Hellens Manor still serves as a residence but is also open to the public, administered by the Pennington-Mellor-Munthe Charity Trust, and hosting tour groups as well as cultural events such as lectures, concerts, school field-trips, and literary discussions, forming a key part of the cultural life of Much Marcle. The inside of the manor is impressive with Tudor style architecture and fine delicacies. The manor was originally occupied by French Monks but a short while after in the year of 1096 the manor was granted to the De Balun family who became witnesses of the signing of the Magna Carta. In 1301 Hellens went to Lords Audley, a nephew James who was companion to the Black Prince rented the manor for a pair of silver spurs. Afterwards he then leased the manor to Walter De Helyon who then later gave his name to the house. Over the following centuries the manor passed through several hands including those of Richard Walwyn who became occupier of Hellens Manor in the late 14th century, in the 15th century the wealthy family made many changes to the house. The Audleys and Walwyns held court in the […]
Churches tell a story, many stories – of families, of political intrigue and social change, of architecture, and changes in belief. Herefordshire Churches Tourism Group is a network of some of the best churches and chapels in the county that have dominated the landscape and life of communities for more than a thousand years. What will you find when you enter the door? A source of fascination, awe, or a deep sense of peace? Here people have come and still come, generation on generation, seeking the place of their ancestors or solace for the present. Our churches still play a significant part in the life of our communities. Some act as community centres with modern facilities, others have developed their churchyards to attract wildlife, all serve as living monuments to our heritage and history. Often set in beautiful landscapes, with wonderful features and architecture, visiting our churches can enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of Herefordshire.
Eastnor Castle is a great day out for the whole family! Open to visitors on selected days from Easter until the end of September, there is plenty to entertain and amuse visitors of all ages, including dogs who are most welcome. Visitors can explore the state rooms within Eastnor Castle where guides are on hand in every room to pass on their expert knowledge on the fascinating history of the castle. The beautiful grounds are home to a spectacular arboretum and a magnificent lake where visitors can walk freely or follow set trails and walks to discover some breath taking views and landscapes. A special children’s booklet is given to all children on arrival to encourage them to see and take part in the many fun activities such as the Adventure Playground, Knight’s Maze, Junior Assault Course and Land Rover Mini Off-Roaders. A varied and exciting events programme is put on throughout the year and these events are all included in the entrance price. There is a Gift Shop, Ice Cream Parlour and Tea Room offering hot and cold food, drinks and snacks. There are also picnic benches scattered all around the grounds so picnics can be enjoyed with a […]
Creative Breaks is a not-for-profit association of artists and crafts people. Set up in 2000, Creative Breaks aims to promote courses run by skilled craftspeople in and around Herefordshire. Our courses are wide-ranging in discipline, from glass work to quilting and each maker has been selected for their quality of work and professional approach to their workshops. Below is a list of members and links to their websites: Lucy Brodie www.huntlandsfarm.co.uk/upholstery Jenny Pearce www.jennypearce.co.uk Rowan McOnegal www.rowanmconegal.co.uk also www.hedgerowmedicine.org Bill Robson www.williamrobsonglass.co.uk Jane Meredith www.plantdyedwool.co.uk Nicola Hopwood www.nicolahopwood.co.uk Jenni Stuart-Anderson www.jenniragrugs.com Pearl Taylor www.herefordshireholidays.co.uk Ginn Downes www.ginnscreativeworkshops.co.uk Jacqueline Seymour www.bee-spokequilts.com Marianne Ryan artwithmarianne.co.uk Lottie O’Leary www.lottieolearystonecarver.co.uk Art with Marianne Gift Voucher for one of Marianne’s one-day courses. Value: £62. Can be used for any courses taking place during 2019. Purchase directly from Marianne: email@example.com, or through the website. All members are keen to impart their knowledge and skill so you can leave with a sense of achievement and newfound enthusiasm for your craft. It is also the aim of the group that you will have new stories to tell, new skills to share and depart richer for the experience. As Herefordshire is known for its farming produce and rural setting it’s the perfect location to […]
Hergest Croft Gardens lies in the heart of the Welsh Marches with stunning views towards the Black Mountains. From spring bulbs to autumn colour this is a garden for all seasons. There are gorgeous flower borders. An old fashioned Kitchen Garden with a Rose Garden; Spring Borders with carpets of bulbs; and unusual vegetables; the Azalea Garden with spectacular colour in the spring: and Park Wood, with thirty foot high rhododendrons are fantastic all to discover. Autumn colour throughout the gardens is superb The Gardens are the perfect place to explore and relax. Teas and light lunches, provided by the award-winning Ridgeway Catering, specialising in local homemade food, are available in the old Dining Room and outside on the Terrace. Plants Sales contains many rare and unusual specimens from all over the world. A wide range of gifts are presented in the Hall. There are special entry rates for pre-booked groups of 20 or more.
At Frome Valley Vineyard there is a 1.5ha vineyard with nine different vine varieties. Classic English sparkling and still wines are made from the vineyard set among the orchards and hopyards of the Frome Valley. There is also a demonstration vineyard showing the main trellising systems used throughout the world. The shop sells seven still wines together with the award winning sparkling wine as wells as cider, brandy and other wine related gifts. Visit the winery and taste the wine and go on a tour round the demonstration vineyard. Opening times: WINERY: April-September:Tuesday-Thursday 11.30am-5.00pm or by arrangement. TOURS AND TASTINGS: By appointment. Please contact: 01885 490768 If you are travelling any distance please call us to ensure that we are available to meet you. We can accommodate groups of up to twenty people for tours and wine tastings. For more information please call: Jeanie Falconer, Owner 01885 490 768 or James Cumming, Vineyard Manager 07970 162 798
Croft Castle sits deep in the heart of Herefordshire countryside surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland. This intimate house became the Croft family home before the Domesday Book. 2019 marks 75 years since D-Day and 80 years since the start of the Second World War. To commemorate these significant anniversaries, we’re sharing the stories of the Croft family from 1939-45. Families can step back in time and discover what life was like at Croft when it was a school for evacuated children during the war, with dressing up and games in the Family Room. In the castle you can live life as Sir James Croft and find out how the family bought back their home in 1923. Explore the family photographs or sit and read through the auction catalogues. Look out for the 1950s photographs and memorabilia which detail how Croft was at risk of demolition before 1957 and what it was like here then. Step outside and explore the working walled garden complete with historic orchards, vineyard and 1908 glasshouse. Find out more about our project to restore the glasshouse and how you can support our work. Look out for the Georgian stable block and […]
Standing proud and strong, this fine Georgian mansion sits within Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s final garden and landscape. This year, we’re embarking on our ambitious Garden Project. This aims to restore, revive and reimagine ‘Capability’ Brown’s iconic walled garden and pleasure grounds for future generations. We’re working in partnership with local community groups to ensure the vision for the gardens are co-created and beneficial for the local community. We need to raise £200,000 to repair the garden walls, including the rare curved section, which is one of only two left surviving in this style. From July 2019, you’ll be able to step inside and explore this area for the first time. Find out how you can support the project on your next visit and ask the team about the various fundraising events and gardening workshops we have planned for the coming year. In the centre of the walled garden, you can discover ‘LOOK! LOOK! LOOK!’, a bold contemporary pavilion designed by internationally renowned artists, Heather and Ivan Morison. Inspired by Berrington’s Georgian origins and eighteenth-century culture, this 8-metre-tall by 8-metre-wide pink structure inhabits the walled garden; highlighting the importance of this piece of ‘living history’ as the final masterpiece of ‘Capability’ […]
PLEASE READ THE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FROM THE NATIONAL TRUST: nationaltrust.org.uk/press-release/the-national-trusts-latest-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19 Escape to the spectacular Weir Garden riverside and be absorbed by natural beauty. Bordered by the River Wye, The Weir Garden sits within unspoilt Herefordshire countryside and has many historical secrets to uncover. For centuries this site has been used as a pleasure ground for fishing, boating and swimming. It is managed in a natural way to create a varied habitat for wildlife. In spring see carpets of bulbs littered between ancient trees, in summer enjoy a picnic by the river to watch the wildlife and in autumn visit the walled garden bursting with seasonal produce. Visit the garden any time of year to find out why this location has appealed to so many and enjoy exploring this tranquil haven. Please note: only assistance dogs are allowed in the gardens, all other dogs can be exercised in the car park picnic area. For more information about opening times, admission prices and what’s on, visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-weir-garden
Brockhampton Invites visitors to discover more about key figures from the past At the heart of this 687-hectare (1700-acre) farmed estate lies Lower Brockhampton , a romantic timber-framed manor house dating back to the late 14th century. The house is surrounded by a moat and is entered via a charming timber-framed gatehouse, built 1530-40. There are miles of walks through orchards, park and woodland, featuring ancient trees, historic damson and apple orchards and the picturesque Lawn Pool. Brockhampton is home to a rich variety of wildlife, from rare bugs and beetles in our ancient orchards to a wide range of bird species which you might spot from our wildlife hide. Steeped in history, Brockhampton has witnessed many changes. Inside the manor house, explore 600 years of history and discover the families which have made this special place home. Each room takes you to a different era of history; from the wealthy landowners of medieval times to the Georgian gentleman who lived here before building a mansion house at the top of the hill. More recently the manor house was home to farming families including Mr and Mrs Dennett the gamekeeper and his wife and Val and Marion Freegard. Discover the […]
One of England’s best kept secrets, Hampton Court Castle is genuinely one of the most romantic houses in England The forerunner to the internationally renowned Hampton Court Palace in Surrey by some 80 years. Situated in the very heart of the Herefordshire, English countryside, the 15th Century Grade One Listed Castle is set in over 1000 acres of estate. The tastefully-appointed State Rooms, including the magnificent Ballroom and exquisitely hand-painted Chapel, are now open to the public for tours. The Castle also boasts 24 sumptuous bedrooms, with feature bathrooms, four of which can be viewed on our Castle tours. The original Victorian Walled Garden now contains breathtaking displays of flower beds, ornamental walkways, waterways, fountains, island pavilions, and cascades. The legendary wisteria tunnel is said to be almost 200 years old and leads to the Castle lawns and beyond to the secret garden and waterfall. Over a thousand yew trees have been planted to create a maze with a gothic tower at its centre offering panoramic views of the gardens. The ornamental kitchen garden includes fruits & vegetables all organically managed. Lunch or afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the Joseph Paxton designed Orangery Café where produce from the kitchen […]
Included in the 20 of the most charming UK city hotels by The Good Hotel Guide 2017 Castle House Hotel is a family-owned boutique hotel in the heart of the city of Hereford just a two-minute walk from the medieval Hereford Cathedral. A classic Georgian villa, the hotel has 24 individually designed luxury suites and bedrooms including 8 in its more contemporary townhouse, Number 25, just a few yards away. It’s pretty, terraced garden beside the old Hereford Castle moat is a perfect place for al fresco dining. Castle House is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and Wye Valley as well as the historic city of Hereford, with its magnificent cathedral, the world-famous Mappa Mundi and Chain Library and the beautiful river Wye running through. Castle House Hotel has been chosen as one of The Sunday Telegraph’s Hotel Guru Fiona Duncan’s top 10 UK hotels for 2016 for her ”most memorable stay” Also featured in USA Today, America’s leading newspaper and website. Castle House Restaurant and Bar & Bistro Visitors are spoilt for choice at Castle House with the award-winning Castle Restaurant overlooking the old Hereford Castle moat, and the more informal Bar and Bistro. It’s the best dining in Hereford! […]
Let the Hereford Guild of Guides take you around the historic city of Hereford Guided Walks in the historic city of Hereford will run from September 1 until October 31 2020. Hereford Guild of Guides look forward to welcoming you on a GUIDED WALK around Hereford, at 11.30 daily, except on Sundays at 14.30. You will visit the site of the medieval castle and see Hereford’s interesting and historic buildings and other structures, hear about the history of the city through the ages from Saxon times, its role in the Civil War and its famous people and learn about Dan the dog! Tickets from the Cathedral Shop (from the Guide on Sundays) £5 for adults and £1 for accompanied children aged 6-12. Walks are limited to a maximum of 6 people to allow for social distancing. Meet your Guide outside the main entrance to the Cathedral. There is no need to book in advance but you will need to purchase a ticket from the Cathedral shop prior to joining the walk (or from the guide on Sundays if the shop is closed) – the charge is £5 per adult, £1 for accompanied children aged 6 – 12. Please note that we can only allow […]
Home of the Mappa Mundi Hereford Cathedral is built on a place of worship used since Saxon times. It contains some of the finest examples of art and architecture from Norman times to the present day, including the famous Mappa Mundi, the medieval Chained Library and the Hereford Magna Carta. Hereford’s elegantly restored Cathedral Close sits at the heart of our historic city and diocese, with new social spaces, artworks and interpretation for you to enjoy. From Monday 27 July, the Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibition will be reopening for visitors with a brand new exhibition, The Two Thomases. Further details here Mappa Mundi The Mappa Mundi is a unique medieval treasure, recording how scholars interpreted the world over 700 years ago. More than a thousand drawings and inscriptions show cities and towns, Biblical events, plants, animals, birds, strange creatures and monstrous races. The map bears the name of its author ‘Richard of Haldingham or Lafford’ (Holdingham and Sleaford in Lincolnshire). Recent research suggests a date of about 1300 for the creation of the map. Mappa Mundi is drawn on a single sheet of vellum (calf skin) measuring 64″ by 52″ (1.58 x 1.33 metres), tapering towards the […]
Meadow Arts – Contemporary art in unusual places At meadow Arts as well as a vibrant exhibition programme at partner venues across the West Midlands, Meadow Arts places public artworks at sites in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire as part of its Public Commissions programme. They bring work by artists who usually exhibit in galleries in major cities in the UK and abroad to local spaces, where the artwork can shed a new light on the stories and traditions of that place, giving new audiences a chance to discover the art. The artworks in the programmes have often been commissioned by contemporary artists at the cutting edge of artistic practice and range from artists who live within the region, to national and international artists. More works can be seen in Worcestershire and Shropshire. Visit the website to see where you can see them.
Visit Hereford’s Cider Museum and explore the story of traditional cider making. Learn how the apples were milled and pressed and how the resulting juice was fermented to produce cider. Herefordshire is world famous for its cider and here is a wonderful way to discover its history and the traditions of how it was made, right through to the modern day. A tour of the Museum reveals the history of cidermaking and visitors have the opportunity of walking through original champagne cider cellars and viewing a cooper’s workshop, vat house and cider making memorabilia. View a rare collection of engraved English Lead Crystal cider glasses dating from the 18th century onwards and a collection of 19th century watercolours which were commissioned in 1865 to produce the Herefordshire Pomona – a book illustrating the different varieties of apples and pears grown. Group visits are welcome including school groups and research facilities are available by appointment. GIFT SHOP & TEAROOM – Browse the gift shop with its abundance of cider and perries, along with Hereford Cider Brandy and locally produced gin, vodka and liqueurs as well as a selection of preserves, confectionery, books and individual gift ideas. A tea room is available […]
Dunfield House – How good the world can be Set high on a hill, standing in 15 acres of gardens and parkland, this beautiful activity centre in an ideal rural location, that allows your group to meet together as a community. Dunfield offers excellent facilities for youth, schools education and family groups to meet together and run their own programmes. They offer a fully catered service for 25 – 90 and self catering for up to 25 people in their Stables accommodation. The House: Fully catered bunk style accommodation for up to 70 guests Home cooked meals are wholesome and plentiful using local produce where possible Set in 15 acres of lawned terraces, woodlands and streams Plenty of outdoor areas for football, volleyball and team games and make believe play – there is even the chance to build a dam Campfire sites Games room Indoor heated pool Suitable for schools, family gatherings, church groups You may have a clear programme you want to follow, alternatively, if you have never run an activity before, centre managers Sue and Paul are happy to discuss programme options both based onsite or in the local area, with you to assist you through the booking […]
Charmingly located in the centre of “chocolate box village” Pembridge Pembridge is on the north Herefordshire’s picturesque Black and White Trail where Old Chapel Gallery occupies a wonderful former Victorian Chapel and sources the best in handmade British contemporary fine arts & crafts. From garden sculptures to objet’s d’art, jewellery to homeware, fine art, prints, woodcraft, ironwork, textiles and ceramics, these are made by both emerging and established artists and makers. Old Chapel Gallery is firmly established as a centre of excellence for casual browsers and serious collectors alike. Lovers of contemporary British arts and crafts can find work by local and nationally established artists and makers, alongside the innovative work of talented newcomers. Popular artists include Amanda Clark, Chrissie Nash, David England, Deborah Scaldwell, Frans Wesselman, Hilke MacIntyre, Iris Milward, James Donovan, Jemima Jameson, John Maltby, Lesley Strickland, Mary Ann Rogers, Philip Hearsey, Piers Browne, Robert Palmer and Tamsin Abbott. Work from every medium is commissionable and exhibitions are held regularly throughout the year in the upstairs gallery, in a variety of media, which provides the opportunity to introduce new young makers alongside well-known names. Opening times may vary throughout the seasons, please check website for up to date details.
If you like exhilarating, challenging and above all fun activities in the great outdoors, Oaker Wood Leisure is the place for you. This vast and exciting woodland activity site between Leominster and Ludlow provides Paintball and Junior Paintball, Quad Bike Trekking, Junior Quads, Aerial Tree Trekking, Super Swing, Zip Wire, Climbing & Monkey Climbing, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Raft Building, Low Rope Adventure Trail, Target Shooting Range. Two Glamping Villages provide accommodation and can be booked exclusively for your group, each village accommodates up to 50 people. Oaker Wood Leisure is ideal for childrens’ holiday activity days and teen paintball days, stag and hen parties, glamping weekends, children’s parties, school groups and residentials, junior rugby tours, corporate team building away-days and corporate camps. Don’t worry if you only have a small group. Subject to availability they offer some activities for small numbers, perfect for family activities or a few friends. W: oakerwoodleisure.co.uk
Huntlands Farm has 6 rooms. Two super king with en suite bathrooms; two super kings with en suite shower rooms; one super king with private shower room across the landing and one double room downstairs with private shower room next door. While breakfast is included, there are some great extra touches; Take advantage of the Sunday-in-Bed Breakfast Tray (order the night before) delivered to your room. “Lucy and Stephen have lovingly coaxed this 15th-century house on a working farm back to life. Deep in rural middle England, it’s a comfortable place with patterned rugs on floorboards, reclaimed wardrobes and views over the orchard or farm. Breakfast on eggs from the hens, sausages from the pigs and home-made preserves.” The Telegraph, January 2017 With an ethos of supporting local producers as well as using the farm’s own produce, the optional evening menus reflect the owners’ cultural backgrounds of Herefordshire & The Caribbean. And there are always homemade cakes and pastries as well as delectable desserts which you can spoil yourself with during your stay. If you wish to rent the entire house for a family gathering or special occasion you can do so for a minimum of 2 nights bed and breakfast. Also Stephen […]
Discover award-winning ciders at Westons Cider Mill Westons Cider Mill has been lovingly produced in the Herefordshire village of Much Marcle for nearly 140 years and is still independently owned by the same family. Find out how the cider magic happens with a tour and tutored tasting experience. Enter the courtyard and converted farm buildings and you’ll find the Scrumpy House Restaurant, Orchard Tea Rooms and Cider Shop; the place to begin a tour. See inside the award-winning mill and gain a unique insight into the craft of cider making with an expert guide. Tours run daily at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm and can be tailored to suit any party size. Learn about the history of this 5th generation business and see inside one of the industries’ largest oak vat houses. Finish off with a cider tasting and browse the variety of delicious ciders on offer. Enjoy dining in the Scrumpy House Restaurant, situated in a former cattle shed that offers plenty of rustic charm with a true taste of Herefordshire. To book a table or make an enquiry please call 01531 660626. There is also the Orchard Tearoom serving hot and cold drinks and plenty of picnic options […]
Ty Gwyn Cider is a multi award winning craft cider company Founded in the Monnow Valley in Monmouthshire by cider apple grower and acclaimed fruit farmer James McConnel in 2007. Ty Gwyn Cider has quickly gained an outstanding reputation and today is one of the foremost craft cider producers in the country. Sold in many of the UK’s leading restaurants and gastropubs and in Waitrose, who deemed Ty Gwyn the perfect cider for their ‘local produce scheme’. Ty Gwyn cider is not made from concentrate, only the finest cider apples carefully sourced from the best growers. It is naturally fermented for a minimum of six months. If you know your cider you will know that an increasingly small amount of cider producers can make these claims for their cider. The team are incredibly proud of this and feel sure that customers will and can taste the difference. Supporters have included wine expert Oz Clarke, Alex Polizzi who said in her ‘Little Black Book of Hotels’ that “you’ll be hard pushed to find a tastier cider than Ty Gwyn”TV, presenters Kate Humble and Jenni Crane and top chefs Angela Hartnett, Stephen Terry, Simon King, Shaun Hill and Valentine Warner. Trade enquiries welcome and […]
Your Country department store – Oakchurch near Hereford. With over 90 local suppliers, Oakchurch Farm Shop at Staunton-on-Wye is a veritable culinary showcase for a true ‘Taste of Herefordshire’. The family owned and run business is proud to support fellow local farmers, growers and food and drinks producers. You’ll find an awesome food hall with butchery, deli and greengrocer, an amazing garden and plant centre, fashion, handbags, jewellery & watches, homeware, toys, gifts, a popular restaurant, homeware, cookshop and even cleaning materials. Oakchurch Farm Shop really does have everything you need all under one roof for a great day out. The Oakchurch farm supplies the butchery with their own melt-in-the-mouth award winning beef and a selection of soft fruit and vegetables and the cooks in the Oakchurch kitchens lovingly hand-make delicious ready-made meals, award winning pies, sausage rolls, scotch eggs, roulades, treacle tarts, yummy cakes and more. It’s no wonder the food hall at Oakchurch Farm Shop is fondly know by the locals as the ‘Harrods of Herefordshire.’ Of course, its the strawberries that Oakchurch Farm Shop is most famous for. That’s how it all started, and they’ve been growing them on the farm since 1970! Don’t forget to try […]