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Although Herefordshire is now a place of beautiful tranquility it has not always been like that. Its history is one of border conflicts and war and as such has a fascinating past with castles and ancient monuments that bear testament to more turbulent times.

This rural county has miles of rolling green landscapes and a fantastic agricultural heritage, bustling market towns and pretty villages, country pubs and quirky shops; a welcoming place for visitors who come to recharge their batteries.

The Normans build a number of castles here which were home to their wealthy landlords and earls, of particular note is Goodrich Castle near Ross-on-Wye which is extremely well preserved and the romantic Wigmore Castle, family home to the Mortimers whose heir Edward IV took the thrown of England in the aftermath of the War of the Roses.

Herefordshire has a host of ancient churches not least of which is Hereford Cathedral which contains the Mappa Mundi a medieval map of the world as envisaged in about 1289.

The old market town of Ross-on-Wye is strategically positioned above the River Wye, offers magnificent views and is perfectly placed for lovely walks along the Wye Valley (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). The town itself is packed with historical interest which can be fully revealed at the Ross Heritage Centre at the 17th century Market House. Also of interest is Leominster situated in the Herefordshire 'Marches'; a quintessential English town dating from medieval times with antique shops and typical 'black and white' houses.

Herefordshire is famed for its produce, so it's perhaps no surprise to find out that some of its best attractions proudly celebrate this agricultural heritage, not least it's tradition for cider making. Many cider making farms offer tours and sampling for visitors which provides the perfect excuse to try some genuine Herefordshire cider!

Whether you're travelling the country roads by car, cycling or walking you'll find this charming corner of England just waiting to be discovered.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Herefordshire.

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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Foxcote Ref: W40058

Extensive countryside views

Situated on a working sheep farm, this magnificent old detached barn conversion boasts a wealth of period detail in exposed beams and stone walls. Large picture windows give extensive views over beautiful countryside from the principal rooms which include six bedrooms, a large farm-style kitchen and living room. It is perfect for family get-togethers and anniversary parties with ideal facilites available. The market towns of Ross-on-Wye, 5 miles, and Ledbury, 12 miles away, while the historic cathedral cities of Hereford and Gloucester are 15 miles. The Malvern Hills, Brecon Beacons, Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds are within easy reach, making it an ideal base for those interested in climbing, walking and touring holidays. Ideal for golfers with a golf course within 5 miles and fishing is available at a nearby lake. Local attractions include canoeing on the River Wye and the castles of Goodrich and Monmouth, 5 miles. The owner can provide stabling for 2 horses. Hot air balloon flights available (at cost). Pub with restaurant is within easy walking access. There is extensive parking available. Can be booked with property W4023. Shop 1.5 miles, pub 0.5 miles, restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with wooden floor. Utility room. 1 single bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 4 double, (two 5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Gallery with sitting area. Beams throughout.

Oil central heating included (£50per week, £30 per short break October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair on request. Video. DVD. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed garden with furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking.

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£590-£1791
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
7
Pets
3
Doward Farm Ref: RJ7

With beautiful rural views towards King Arthur’s Cave and King Caracticus’ Fort, this Georgian farmhouse makes an ideal holiday base for walkers. It is only one mile from The Biblins Bridge – with the meandering River Wye below – from where superb views of Seven Sisters Rock are to be admired.
The area offers some of the finest walking and cycling terrain in the country. Within 5 miles the Offa’s Dyke, Three Castles Walk and Wye Valley Walk entice walkers along their historic paths, taking in stunning scenery and ‘black-and-white’ villages en route. Symonds Yat lies close by, a must for outdoor lovers; kayaks and canoes can be hired for a leisurely day upon the river, while those seeking more excitement can try their hand at white water rafting. Other activities to enjoy locally include pot holing, mountain biking, horse riding, ballooning and abseiling, while for those happier to enjoy more tranquil pursuits, this is a great area for bird-watching, fishing and golf.
A 20 minute walk across Biblins Bridge leads into the Forest of Dean, a vast wooded expanse spanning some 27,000 acres; here the quiet observer may be lucky enough to spot one of the resident fallow deer – a reminder of the forest’s origins as a royal hunting ground for Norman kings. Indeed, this is an area steeped in history, where castles and fortifications dot the landscape, mapping out a territory fought over down the ages; nearby Goodrich Castle serves as a prime example. With the Welsh borders and Brecon Beacons to explore in one direction, and the honey-toned Cotswolds in the other, this is a centrally located base for touring this unspoilt region. And after all that fresh air, there are plenty of homely pubs in which to enjoy a hearty meal and sample some of the local ciders in good company. Shop 1 mile.

One step to main entrance. Spacious open-plan living/dining room with open fire. Large well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen/breakfast room with open fire and Falcon gas range. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Four double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, two with additional single bed (for +1). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with low, sloping ceiling. Bathroom and toilet. Beamed throughout.

  • Open fires – logs included
  • Full oil central heating £40per week, £30 per short break. Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Gas Falcon range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 6 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Children must be supervised – farming machinery on site

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£884-£2739
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
7
Pets
1
Bellevue Ref: RR2

This grand detached country house is set within 2 acres of attractive gardens, beautifully presented with formal lawn, walled garden, arboretum and pretty rosebeds. The holiday property dates back 200 years and is full of character, with an open fire, multi-fuel burners, beams and chandeliers, and has been tastefully decorated by its current owners, who live next to the grounds.
This lavish retreat is an ideal location from which to explore the surrounding rolling countryside and the many villages with black-and-white timbered houses and inns. The nearby market town of Ross-on-Wye has many historic buildings and public cliff-top gardens offering excellent views of the River Wye, and Hereford is well worth a visit, with its cathedral (which contains the famous Mappa Mundi and Chained Library), museums, art galleries and bustling mid-week market.
Also enjoy our national heritage in Monmouth, a Tudor border town associated with Henry V. Or visit Hay-on-Wye, famous for its books and festivals. Close by is Kilpeck Church, perhaps the best preserved Norman church in the country. Symonds Yat offers everything from gentle rambles to canoeing within its magnificent natural setting, or join the network of pathways comprising the Wye Valley walk. Shop 2 miles, pub serving excellent food, 600 yards.

Enclosed porch/boot room. Spacious beamed drawing room with open fire, large mirrors and chandeliers. Spacious beamed reception room with wood-burning stove and TV. Dining room with wood-burning stove, sitting area and library. Well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen/utility with electric Aga (winter only), electric range, slate floor, original servants’ bells and door to courtyard. Large conservatory with seating leading to large terrace and formal lawn. Anteroom leading to twin and single bedrooms. Separate shower room with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and additional single bed (for +1), one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Three further double bedrooms, one with wash basin, and one with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with freestanding cast iron bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Open fire and wood-burning stoves – fuel available locally
  • Full oil central heating at cost (£70per week & £30 per short break)
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Five TVs
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Electric Aga included (winter only)
  • Electric range (double oven) included
  • Combi microwave/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Telephone - honesty box
  • Enclosed 2-acre garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 8 cars)
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB: Pond in garden

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£1253-£3152
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