WE're LUCKY TO LIVE IN ONE OF THE LOVELIEST AREAS IN THE UK
We’re surrounded by nature, yet close to medieval towns & cities, historic houses and gardens and amazing attractions.
You could spend a morning exploring the ancient Mappa Mundi in Hereford Cathedral, and while away a few hours in the afternoon at West Midland Safari Park. Followed by a relaxing soak in your private hot tub before dinner.
Below are a few ofd our favourite local towns
Herefordshires most unspoilt market town, Bromyard offers much to its visitors, to see and to do. The High Street is full of privately owned shops, cafes, pubs and other businesses. Apart from our trusty Coop there is not a national chain to be seen. Try Legges for their famous pork pies, or explore the two massive old-fashioned ironmongery shops! Also lots of galleries and craft and antique shops, plus the lovely Snugg coffee shop
Queen Victoria, who visited Tenbury at the end of the 19th century, referred to this lovely place as ”my little town in the orchard” The affection could not have been more appropriate and the description lives on to this day. Lovely old-fashioned shops, and a leisure centre with swimming pool.
A Herefordshire market town with a timeless, unhurried quality about it. Rich in history it existed as an early Saxon settlement before being described as Liedeberge (Leadon Hill) in the Domesday Book.It has excellent examples of Norman, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian architecture and a history that includes the Battle of Ledbury (1645) and the Turnpike Riot (1735). Today it’s home to some lovely antique shops, craft centres and tea rooms.
Ludlow is a thriving medieval market town and an architectural gem with events and festivals throughout the year. The historic town centre is situated on a cliff above the River Teme and is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.
Home of the mineral water, the Morgan sports car and the spectaculuar backdrop to the Malvern Hills, Malvern is a pretty town with loads of shops, tearooms and things to do, including the Splash Centre with pool.
At the heart of the Black and White villages of North Herefordshire. Famed for its variety of antique and curiosity shops, the town offers a fascinating insight to rural times gone by.
National Trust & English Heritage
(English Heritage) Spectacular ruins, stunning fountains, restored gardens and woodland walks make for a great day out. As featured on BBC’s Countryfile!
(National Trust) ‘Capability’ Brown – designed gardens and a stunning 18th Century house.
(National Trust) Brockhampton is a National Trust property comprising a traditionally farmed estate and medieval manor house. At the heart of this 687-hectare (1,700-acre) farmed estate lies Lower Brockhampton, a romantic timber-framed manor house dating back to the late 14th century.
(National Trust) Croft Castle sits surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland. This intimate house became the Croft family home before the Domesday Book.
(National Trust) There’s more than meets the eye at Croome. A secret wartime airbase, now a visitor centre, was once a hub of activity for thousands of people. Outside is the grandest of English landscapes, ‘Capability’ Brown’s masterful first commission, with commanding views over the Malverns. At the heart of the park lies Croome Court, once home to the Earls of Coventry with four floors to explore.
The ruins of a church built within the earthworks of a Norman motte and bailey castle.
Just taken over by the National Trust, the museum provides a fascinating insight into the life and music, family and friends, development and inspirations of Sir Edward Elgar.
A late Medieval merchant’s house, rescued from demolition, in Worcester city centre. Greyfriars was built in 1480 by a wealthy merchant, it became a home to wealthy families up until the 17th century. Over the years buildings were added and extended inlcuding 10 cottages in the back yard. The care of Greyfriars was transferred to the National Trust in 1966.
(National Trust) Set in 395 acres of parkland, with a beautifully restored 18th-century garden. The impressive interior, with its superb painted ceilings, holds a fine porcelain collection and an exhibition about the Hall’s past.
An outstanding example of English medieval carpentry, and the largest cruck framed structure in Britain. Built for Pershore Abbey in about 1325, it is over 42 metres long with 18 cruck blades – each made from a single oak tree.
Stokesay Castle is quite simply the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England.
One of the most important castles in the history of the Welsh Marches and major centre of power for over 500 years, hosting royalty on several occasions. Deliberately demolished during the Civil War.
Local Shops, Markets and Services
You’ll find all the usual banks, supermarkets etc that you need in our local market towns. But there are a few quirky local businesses tucked away in the middle of nowhere which are really out of the ordinary, and a great way to spend a morning or a rainy afternoon.
You wouldn’t expect to find Knightsbirde-standard hair cutting and design in an old cow shed! Simon and Anwar have created an amazing haven.
A treasure trove of vintage and new finds for the home and garden
A constantly changing range of Antique and Vintage furniture, some old and some not so old but all with charm and that something a bit special.
A constantly changing range of Antique and Vintage furniture, some old and some not so old but all with charm and that something a bit special.
A little further away (half an hour) but our favourite salvage yard of all time. You can spend hours in here – we dare you to visit and not come out with something!
Every Friday from 10 – 12, a great selection of local crafts, cakes etc
Our second favourite restaurant of all time (after the Baiting House!). Joe Evans and his team have transformed an old pig sty into a restaurant which only opens on Friday and Saturday evenings. One sitting, no choices, 7 courses of amazing food. Great for that special treat.
Fun Days Out
Chase Distillery make some of the best spirits in the world (not that we’re biased…) and they now offer exclusive tours around their single-estate distillery just a few miles down the road from us.
Enjoy two to three hours in the trees taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings. With Zip Wires 14m above the forest floor and 160m in length, a hair-raising 17m crossing plus breathtaking views of this ancient woodland, you won’t leave Wyre Forest disappointed.
A tour around this great brewery (try the stairway!) with a demonstration of how the beer is brewed. Tours are £7 per person and include samples of all six beers and a free pint. They’re available 3pm Monday to Friday and 2pm on Saturdays.
A working dairy producing local, artisan cheeses. They sell an excellent variety of local cheese, and have a fab tea room! You can also take a tour of the cheesemaking or learn to make cheese on one of their Cheese Experience Days.
Enjoy a fully guided tour of the factory watching the craftsmen and women using traditional skills to make the Morgan Sports Cars.
Experience the thrill of quad biking just down the road, Quad bikes suitable for all ages over 6 years, supply all safety equipment,. Experienced instructors will individually tailor your trek over 350 acres of varied terrain and woodland.
The Museum nestles amidst the old Victorian buildings that used to be home to the Royal Worcester factory, is just two minutes’ walk from Worcester Cathedral and the city centre and is proud to hold the largest collection of Worcester porcelain in the world.
The oldest operational motorsport venue in the world. The course is in the heart of the Teme Valley and well worth a visit.
Enjoy viewing an extensive collection of owls from all over the world. A place to explore and interact with a superb collection of friendly and unusual rare breed animals including , miniature horses, donkeys, zebu, pygmy goats, pigs and many more.
Steam-hauled passenger trains running along the beautiful Severn Valley, between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire.
The Hop Pocket Shopping Village is unique. It is a collection of independent shops offering an alternative to both the high street and characterless out of town shopping. Over 20 fascinating shops.
Go wild on a four-mile self-drive safari; visit the Discovery Trail; enjoy amusement rides.
Home of Worcestershire County Cricket Club. A lovely ground with views of the majestic Worcester Cathedral it is the perfect setting for cricket.
20 exciting summer jumping race days, from April until October, set in the heart of Worcester on the banks of the River Severn.
Tours and Trails
A motor/cycle route through some of the prettiest villages and most beautiful landscape in England. The 40 mile circular trail leads west from the ancient town of Leominster, through a rich landscape of orchards, hopyards and distant hills, taking in the most picturesque black and white villages along the way as well as the little market town of Kington.The villages are more than just pretty places to visit. Each one has its own character and community, with tea-rooms, shops, craft workshops and pubs waiting to welcome the visitor.
For 350 years cider production in Herefordshire has been on a rollercoaster, periodically rising to become an industry of great reputation. Throughout this time Herefordshire has been the major player in cidermaking in Britain and Herefordshire people have led the way. There is no better place to find out about cider.
A gentle excursion through the countryside which inspired Elgar to compose some of his greatest music. Without stops, it should take you no more than an hour and a half to complete the route. The approximate distance is 35 miles.
The Herefordshire Trail is basically is a long distance path to give a circular tour around the whole county! It links the five market towns of Leominster, Bromyard, Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye and Kington along with some of the picturesque villages and hamlets for which the region is well known, so plan to set out early and wear good boots!
Follow the clues on the map – as you follow the Trail route, can you solve the sneaky clues set on existing buildings, permanent features and monuments to crack the code and complete the mission just like a true secret agent? Involves approximately 1 mile of walking and 10.5 miles of driving / cycling and takes around 2.5 hours to complete
History & Heritage
Set in Hereford, world centre of the cider industry. The museum is in a former cider making factory, visitors can explore original champagne cider cellars and view cidermaking equipment, a cooper’s workshop and a vat house.
Housed in an historic Butchers Shambles. Fascinating displays, daily demonstrations, varied exhibitions, events and workshops. Lovely gardens and tea shop.
A 13th-century fortified Bishop’s Palace, the residence of the Bishop of Worcester since 1250.
An Elizabethan moated manor house with rare wall paintings and the largest series of priest hiding places in the country.
Hereford Cathedral is home to the Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library.
A 15th Century Prior’s Hall, home of the Berington family by descent since the Dissolution of the Monasteries. 10 acres of former monastic grounds, magnificent views over the Severn Valley. Laid out as Garden Rooms around the House, there is a water garden below, feeding into a chain of lakes.
Walk through the Castle grounds and see the ancient houses of kings, queens, princes, judges and the nobility – a glimpse into the lifestyle of medieval society. The Castle, firstly a Norman Fortress and extended over the centuries to become a fortified Royal Palace, has ensured Ludlow’s place in English history. Today the Castle is the home to Ludlow’s major festivals throughout the year and open for all to enjoy.
One of England’s oldest buildings, a glorious Grade I listed building dating back to the 12th-century, it has a long and varied history that is reflected in its range of architectural styles from medieval to Victorian.
Designed by Elmslie and built in the Palladian manner for the Evans family in 1861, the Hall retains its principal reception rooms in their original style and reflects the grandeur of the period. The house itself and the grounds, including the elegant Italianate Parterre Garden, Victorian Walled Garden and Greenhouses, have been restored by the current owners.
Worcester Cathedral is one of England’s most magnificent and inspiring buildings, a place of prayer and worship for fourteen centuries.
Visit the latest exhibition, learn about the past and enjoy fun family activities. Browse in the shop or just relax in the tranquil surroundings of the Balcony Cafe.
Explore the wonders of Worcestershire and experience life through the ages. Special events and fun family activities take place throughout the year.
Gardens & Nurseries
One of our absolute favourites! 7 acres of beautiful gardens, set in incomparable countryside. Voted BBC Gardener’s World “Most Romantic” Garden in Central England
12 amazing gardens set in the grounds of a gothic rectory. From Italy to Africa the gardens transport you around the world and beyond into a fantasy world. Whether you are an adult or a child you will be mesmerised with the features and be surprised around every corner of the 3 acre garden.
Award winning arboretum, beautifully landscaped, set within a working farm. 5 miles of paths lead around lakes and through valleys. Free entrance to restaurant, shop, and plant sales.
7 acres sweep along the banks of the picturesque River Teme. The gardens contain a National Clematis Collection; 400 varieties flower from early spring through to early autumn. Plus a garden centre, reclamation yard, arts shop and tea rooms!
A 15th Century Medieval Castle, Award Winning Gardens and Parkland with 1,000 acres of imagination where events take place all Season.
11 acre gardens date from Edwardian times and are high above the River Wye with views toward the Forest of Dean and the Welsh Mountains. Formal terraces with yew hedges, pools, statues and a traditional rose garden contrasts with less formal plantings of mature trees and shrubs.
Explore and enjoy this 30 acre garden paradise which was voted one of the Country’s top gardens. It is the ideal place to relax and unwind. It boasts an enviable collection of plant treasures from every corner of the globe and offers fantastic light lunches and afternoon teas.
Another firm favourite of ours – the perfect place for plant and garden lovers to spend a few hours. The four-acre garden is home to a medieval pigeon house, kitchen garden, water gardens and well-planted borders. It also has a café. And visit our sister establishment The Stockton Cross, just across the road!
Yes, it’s a garden centre, but one of the counrty’s biggest and best. Perfect for an afternoon’s browsing, with everything you could need for your garden and home.
For a perfect day out, visit the inspirational gardens: water features, camomile lawn, mysterious cave, labyrinths, and then enjoy the tea room!
Within an hour's drive
A small, quirky, market town at the centre of magnificent, unspoilt hill country. Full of bookshops, art galleries and cafes. Perfect for a an afternoon’s browsing.
The pretties town in the Cotswolds is actually in Worcestershire! Browse the craft shops in the high street, stop for a cream tea and explore the amazing Broadway Tower.
Uncover a world of chocolate delights and enjoy a fascinating, fun-packed day out at Cadbury World.
The cultural centre of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham combines regency charm and period houses with a new reputation as a ‘Design Destination’ with stylish places to eat, drink and visit.
Church Stretton lies at the foot of the amazing Long Mynd, and is the base for many interesting walks around the Shropshire Hills. It’s also a pretty town with lots of shops and tea rooms.
Its unique position on the border between England and Wales makes Hay ideal for visitors to explore and enjoy the beautiful border country.Second-hand book capital of the world, and home to the incredible Hay Literary Festival.
Known throughout the world as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the Ironbridge area today is far from industrial. Many visitors are attracted to the superb Victorian themed museums operated by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. However the Gorge is a splendid attraction in its own right.
Beautiful town just over the Herefordshire border into Wales. Home to lots of interesting things to do: The Judge’s Lodging, the popular Presteigne Festival every August and the incomparable gardens at Bryan’s Ground.
Known worldwide as the home of Shakespeare, there are lots of fascinating Bard-related sites to visit. But Stratford is also a lovely market town with more than 800 years of history and a thriving community offering a wide variety of leisure and shopping experiences.
With a rich, vibrant history and a beautiful waterside setting, there is plenty for everyone to discover in Tewkesbury. You can take in the stunning scenery by taking a stroll beside the River Severn, or a boat trip along the Avon. Then head to the 900 year old Tewkesbury Abbey.
A family run clay pigeon shooting ground set on a working farm just down the road. They offer a range of targets so whether you are a beginner or an experienced clay shooter, you’re guaranteed a fun day’s shooting.
27 holes of challenging golf, set in the rolling hills of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire border.
Rising to over 700 feet, the Bromyard Downs dominate the local area and form an impressive backdrop to the market town of Bromyard.
Bringsty Common lies in Herefordshire, between Worcester and Bromyard. It covers more than 220 acres of Common Land, supporting over 70 households.
Just down the hill from us, the closest river fishing is at Stanford Bridge. Membership of the Birmingham Anglers Associated required, which gives access to several other fishing spots along the banks of the Teme, Severn and Stour.
Home to 11 picturesque fishing lakes for all types of angler. Whether its pole fishing for silvers, rod fishing for carp or trying to hook into a giant on the Major Bill, we are sure you will find what you are looking for at Docklow Pools.
Events & Festivals
A brand new festival bringing the very latest in modern drama, music, dance, comedy and film to Great Malvern.
Four explosive days of racing. The Cheltenham Festival is one of sport’s most enthralling extravaganzas and in 2018 the nation will once again be swept by horse racing fever as gamblers and racing fanatics prepare to embark on an unrivalled path of excitement.
To commemorate the highly acclaimed British Asparagus Festival throughout May and early June why not enjoy the area’s famous delicacy in a unique Asparagus experience around the Vale of Evesham. Now into its 9th year each tour comes complete with an Asparaguide to highlight the area and to provide an informative and fun insight into this majestic green vegetable.
Every year, around 80,000 visitors flock to Hay-on-Wye for the town’s annual literary festival. Attracts some of the world’s top writers;
Like a Beer Festival but Better. Take 200 Real Ales, combine 60 passionate, local food and drink producers, mix in toe tapping live music, over 180 spectacular classic cars what do you get… The Ludlow Spring Festival of course!
9 days of themed walks in and around the Malvern Hills
Stunning show gardens, spectacular floral marquee with over 100 nurseries, Lovely location at the foot of the magnificent Malvern Hills in Worcestershire.
9 days, more than 50 walks to explore the beautiful county.
2018’s Fringe looks set to be another year of spectacular entertainment for all
The Heart of England’s premiere celebration of the countryside and rural life. Lots of activities for all the family ensure that there is never a dull moment. Try your hand at different sports and step back in time in the Medieval Village, or get up close with the friendly animals in the Fur, Feather and Farm area.
Bromyard Gala is a major event in the town’s calendar and features steam engines, vintage and veteran vehicles, animals, funfair, trade displays and more. Craft stalls, country produce, food and drink add to the enjoyment.
A a week-long programme of choral and orchestral concerts, cathedral services, solo and chamber music recitals, masterclasses, talks, theatre, exhibitions and walks, rotating each summer between the beautiful English cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester. Hereford is the 2018 host.
Our very own version of Glastonbury! Nine different stages offering something for all the family. Heartily recommended.
A little further away, but well worth the beautiful drive to Builth Wells to witness the highlight of the Welsh farming year,
The economic and cultural heritage of Herefordshire’s hop-growing industry has always centred on Bromyard, including Bishop’s Frome and the Frome Valley. This is a celebration of all things hoppy!
A spectacular New Orleans style parade along the main streets of Bromyard opens the festival with a marching band leading festival goers in costume with colourful umbrellas.
A traditional, agricultural show held annually in South Shropshire. Great day out for the whole family.
The best folk festival/cultural event in the Welsh Border area, featuring over 170 hours of entertainment in just one weekend of traditional music, song and dance.
One of the UK’s fastest growing metropolitan live music events – is a three-day celebration of original music. Taking place in around multiple venues across the city, from pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes to historic buildings, record shops, on the streets and even in breweries, the festival is absolutely FREE to attend with literally hundreds of gigs to choose from from some of the best, new and emerging artists in the UK.
One of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the country and will be held again this year on the second Saturday in September. With its roots firmly embedded in farming, the show brings together the local community and provides a setting for all to enjoy a fantastic day out.
Inside Ludlow Castle with more than 180 local food and drink producers and suppliers: real food, ale, cider, perry, wine and more from the Marches, with samples and tastings.
For food and gardening lovers alike, the Show brings together everything we know and love about nature at its finest. It is time to start enjoying the good life.
The leading themed street market in the West Midlands. Hundreds of stalls fill the atmospheric streets of Worcester’s historic heart with the colours, sounds and smells of Christmas.
Explore over 100 stalls selling gifts, food and drink, historical goods and more unique gifts and treats not to be found on the high street! With entertainment all day throughout the Castle, and activities for all the family, plan your visit to make the most of the Fayre and catch your festive favourites.
Held at Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire, the annual Mistletoe and Holly Auctions have become something of a national institution. – but many people still don’t realise that, provided you don’t just need a little snippet of greenery, anyone can be a buyer there.