In Herefordshire, there is something for everyone; the artist, the musician, the sports-mad or the gently-active, the foody and the book-worm. All set in the most beautiful countryside. Things to do while staying with us....
Action and adventure
Relax and stay on the farm and watch the sheep, hens, ducks and dogs on their daily routine. Time then to visit some of the excellent restaurants around. See Ewyas Harold's website here for details of local attractions.
Take a canoe or kayak down the Wye. Hire from Wye Valley Canoes or Symonds Yat Canoe Hire. Walk the Black Mountains along part of Offa’s Dyke or climb the local hills with splendid names like The Skirrid, The Black Hill and The Sugar Loaf.
Enjoy the glorious countryside on horseback or by bicycle... Trans Wales Horseback Trails, Triley Fields Equestrian Centre, Forest of Dean Cycling. For the yet more adventurous, Battlelands Paintball, Monnow Events and Mountain Mayhem offer quadbiking, paintballing and clay pigeon shooting.
Black Mountains Barns hosts more relaxing events from pop-up opera and concerts to yoga and well-being retreats, in the most idyllic setting with awesome views.
For a very different experience go down The Big Pit and visit the National Coal Museum at Blaenafon. Return via Abergavenny, the gateway to Wales, and host to a fantastic food festival in September.
food glorious food
Herefordshire is the perfect place to try your hand at foraging. Liz Knight of Forage Fine Foods is on our doorstep. Liz hosts magnificent foraging feasts in beautiful parts of the county or you can have a go yourself at one of her foraging demonstrations returning to the kitchen to transform your findings from the hedgerows in to a delicious meal.
Herefordshire Cider - some of the traditional cider makers have opened their doors to allow you into their world. Look out for The Big Apple events in the spring and autumn. Herefordshire has also made a name for itself with craft spirits from The Chase Distillery, who offer excellent tours.
Abergavenny has a market every Tuesday and Hay-on-Wye's takes place on Thursday. Ludlow is another delightful town, hosting the Ludlow Food Festival at the beginning of September.
HISTORIC HEREFORDSHIRE and a gentler pace of life
Follow the Golden Valley up to Hay-on-Wye, the border town with an abundance of book and independent shops, and a great place to while away the day before wending your way home along the foot of the Black Mountains. The Hay Festival of literature, arts and music takes place every year on the second May bank holiday, www.hayfestival.com/wales.
Just a walk over Ewyas Harold Common is Dore Abbey, a former Cistercian monastery founded in 1147, host to many musical concerts and a yearly classical music festival.
Find yourself a route around the numerous border castles of Grosmont, Longtown, Skenfrith, Whitecastle and Raglan.
For the artist, what stunning scenery Herefordshire has to offer. Join one of Jantien Powell's excellent day or weekend art courses at The Chapel Cottage Studio.