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Attractions within 1 hours drive

Outdoor activities

Forest Adventure Coleford, Gloucs.

Canoeing and Kayaking
Monmouth Canoe and Activity Centre
Wye Pursuits Kerne Bridge. Also white water rafting, climbing, abseiling, caving and multi- activity courses.
Hay-on-Wye Canoe Hire
Paddles and pedals, Hay-on-Wye. Symonds Yat East. Also rafting, abseiling, climbing, caving, zip wire.
Wye Valley Canoes Glasbury-on-Wye

Climbing & caving
Forest Adventure Also canoeing, kayaking, archery, mountain biking.Coleford, Gloucs.
Llangorse Riding and Rope Centre Horse riding, bouldering, abseiling, rope bridges, zipline and problem solving.

Pedal Bike Away Bike hire in Forest of Dean
Pedal Away Bike hire in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and South Wales
Monmouth Cycle Hire
Wheely Wonderful Cycling Near Ludlow

National Birds of Prey Centre courses. Near Ledbury.

Millpond Near Ledbury.
Bollingham Pools Near Kington.Trout fly fishing.

Herefordshire Raceway Weobley (min. age 8)

Grove Golf Centre Floodlit covered driving range with golf course.
Brockington Hall 9-holes near Bodenham
The Ashe Near Ross. 18 hole, par 3 Family friendly
The Herefordshire Golf Club Wormsley
Leominster Golf Club


Horse riding
Tipton Hall Riding School Bromyard area
Grafton Farm Riding Centre Tenbury Wells
KC Riding School Bodenham

Mountain Boarding Centre
Court Farm Leisure Tillington nearHereford
Out to Grass Cradley, near Malvern

Dean Forest Railway Learn to drive a steam locomotive.

River cruises
Handsam Boat Company Boat hire in Evesham
Worcester River Cruises 01905 611060 Includes cream tea cruises, fish & chip cruises and Jazz cruise.
Gloucester Leisure Cruises 01452 318200

South Worcestershire Shooting Ground Clay pigeon shooting from Hanley Castle, Worcs.

Ten Pin Bowling
TGS Bowling Hereford

Walks on the Malverns (Ledbury area)
Walks on the Bromyard Downs (Bromyard area)
Wye Valley Walk
Offa’s Dyke Path (Western Herefordshire)
Mortimer Trail (North-West Herefordshire)
The Wysis Way
Cotswold Canals Walk
The Gloucestershire Way
The Three Choirs Way

Public Transport
Traveline public transport information 0870 608 2608
Beacons Bus
National Rail Enquiries 07845 484950



Berkeley Castle
Goodrich Castle Ross
Longtown, Grosmont & Skenfrith castles South Marches
Wigmore & Ludlow castles

Churches and Abbeys
Dore Abbey, Abbey Dore. Originally a Cistercian monastery.
All Saints Hereford. Also contains excellent café.
Belmont Abbey, Hereford. Pugin-designed Benedictine Abbey.
Bordesley Abbey, Redditch. Ruins of Cistercian monastery.
St. Barnabas, Brampton Bryan. Unusual 1656 Commonwealth church.
St. Andrew, Bredwardine & Brobury. Home to Victorian diarist & vicar, John Kilvert.
All Saints Brockhampton. Superb early C20th thatched, Arts and Crafts church.
St. Michael, Castle Frome. Font belongs to Herefordshire School of carving, “one of the masterworks of Romanesque sculpture in England” (Pevsner).
Croome Church Church of the Earls of Coventry with exquisite monumental carving.
St. Mary the Virgin, Eardisland. Contains fine peal of 8 bells
Church of the Sacred Heart, Droitwich. Mosaic interior made from millions of Italian glass tiles.
St. Mary Magdalene, Eardisley. Home of the Baskerville family.
Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester. Aside from being one of England’s greatest cathedrals, the cloisters can also boast playing host to Hollywood film crews as a set for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.
Great Witley Church Exquisite Baroque interior, set in parkland by the shell of Witley Court, an English Heritage property.
Hailes Abbey, Gloucs.
St. Dubricius, Hentland. Legendary site where St. Dubricius trained C6th missionaries.
St. Catherine, Hoarwithy. Fantastic Italianate church.
Kilpeck Church. Most complete Norman church in England with renowned carvings.
Hereford Cathedral
Kempley. Fantastic medieval (and later) wall paintings.
St. Michael and All Angels, Ledbury. Described by Pevsner as the premier parish church in the county.
Leominster Priory, Leominster. A former Benedictine establishment.
Little Malvern Priory. Small Benedictine monastery.
St. Peter, Llancillo. Early medieval bell. Celtic foundation.
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Madley. Possible birthplace of St. Dubricius and one of finest churches in the area.
Malvern Priory Benedictine foundation Priory church. Large collection of medieval stained glass.
St. Mary, Much Cowarne. Tomb of lady who sacrificed her hand to save her Crusader husband from the Moors.
Pershore Abbey, Pershore
St. Peter, Peterchurch. Unique. 4 sections with double chancel. C8th origins.
St. Giles, Pipe Aston. Tiny Norman gem with tympanum over ornate doorway and wall paintings.
St. Andrew, Pixley. William Morris tiles.
Prinknash Abbey, near Gloucester. A Benedictine community
St. Peter, Pudlestone. Pugin-designed stained glass.
St. Mary, Ross-on-Wye. C13th originally, mainly built in Decorated style.
St. Peter, Rowlstone. Fine examples of Herefordshire School of sculpture.
St. John the Evangelist, Shobdon. The only Rococo church in England
St. Michael, Sollers Hope. Beautiful setting and the possible parish church of the young Dick Whittington.
St. Peter & St. Paul, Stoke Lacy . Many monuments to Morgan motor family.
Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury. Wonderful decoration.
St. James, Wigmore. In stronghold of the Mortimer family, near the castle.
Worcester Cathedral, Worcester.


Food and Drink
Broome Farm Near Ross. Individual blends.
Coddington Vineyard Near Ledbury
Butford Organics Bodenham. Cider, perry, pork & eggs
The Cider Museum, Hereford
The Dairy House Weobley Award winning organic yoghurt and cheese.
Dunkerton’s Cider Mll Kington area
Fodder Church St., Hereford. Quality produce from 30 local suppliers.
Frome Valley Vineyard Bromyard area
Gregg’s Pit Cider and Perry Near Ledbury
Gwatkin Cider Abbey Dore. ward-winning farmhouse cider & perry.
Just Rachael Award winning ice cream and other desserts. Bromsberrow, Ledbury
Knights Cider Ltd. Near Malvern. Award-winning.
Broadfield Court Vineyard
Monkland Cheese Small Hereford cheese maker.
Newton Court Cidery Organic cidery near Leominster.
Orchard Hive and Vine Peterstow
Severn & Wye Smokery Fish smoking with restaurant.
Shepherds Ice Cream Peterchurch. Featured in Britain’s Best 50 Ice creams - The Independent.
St.Anne’s Vineyard Near Ledbury
Taste of the Country Ledbury, in Countrywide Stores. Local and/or British food.
The Three Choirs Vineyard “It’s like being in California or Burgundy”. Christopher McCooney, The Times
Weston’s Cider Internationally known Ledbury cidery.


Gardens and Parks
Abbey Dore Court Garden
Arrow Cottage Garden, Ledgemoor
Attingham Park Shropshire NT
Berrington Hall Gardens Leominster area NT
Bodenham Arboretum
Burford House and Garden National Clematis collection
Croome Park near Malvern
Dorothy Clive Garden 01630 647237
Eastnor Castle garden Family friendly near Ledbury.
Garden at the Bannut
Hampton Court Gardens Stunning organic gardens
Hawkstone Park and Follies 01939 200611 Shropshire
Hergest Croft Kington area
Hidcote Manor Garden near Broadway
Holme Lacy Shipley Environmental Gardens 01432 870356
How Caple Court Gardens Formal Edwardian garden 01989740626
Ivy Croft Nursery and garden
Kingstone Cottages Nursery and Garden National Collection of fragrant Dianthus.
Kiftsgate near Broadway
Lawton Hall Herbs Kington area
Lingen Nursery & Garden Bucknell, Shrops.
Little Malvern Court & Garden 01684 893 057
Moors Meadow 7 acre organic hillside garden. Near Bromyard
Painswick Rococo Garden
The Picton Gardens Ledbury area (Colwall)
Queenswood Country Park 67 acres of arboretum, 103 acres of SSSI designated woodland.
Spetchley Park Garden Worcester
Sudeley Castle and Gardens 01242 602308
Westonbirt Arboretum Cotswolds
Westonbury Mill Water Gardens Specialists in moisture-loving & bog plants.
The Weir Garden NT


Historic Houses and Buildings
Attingham Park Near Shrewsbury Family friendly
Baddesley Clinton near Solihull Family friendly NT
Berrington Hall near Leominster Family friendly NT
Bredon Barns NT
Charlecote Park near Stratford Family friendly NT
Croft Castle near Leominster Family friendly NT
Dudmaston near Bridgnorth Family friendly NT
Eastnor Castle Family friendly. Ledbury area
The Greyfriars Worcester Family friendly NT
Hagley Hall
Hanbury Hall near Droitwich Family friendly NT
Harvington Hall near Kidderminster
Hellens Manor C13th Ledbury area
Hawford Dovecote C16th. NT
King Charles’ House Worcester. From where Charles I escaped after Battle of Worcester. Now a restaurant.
Leigh Court Barn English Heritage near Worcester
Little Malvern Court Former Benedictine Monastery Little Malvern
Lower Brockhampton Brockhampton Estate Bromyard. Family friendly NT
Middle Littleton Tithe Barn nr. Evesham NT
Moseley Old Hall near Wolverhampton Family friendly NT
Packwood House near Solihull Family friendly NT
Snowshill Manor near Broadway NT
Stokesay Castle English Heritage C13th fortified manor house.
Sudeley Castle and Gardens Former home of Katherine Parr
The Fleece Inn NT
The Greyfriars Timber-framed merchant’s house Worcester NT
The Guildhall Worcester Early C18th with Italianate Assembly Room
Wightwick Manor Near Wolverhampton Family friendly NT
Witley Court Great Witley. English Heritage. Spectacular ruins.
Woodchester Mansion Nr.Stroud. Unfinished mansion abandoned in 1870 now home to hundreds of rare bats.


Arthur’s Stone Golden Valley area

Museums etc.
Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings
Bromyard Heritage Centre
Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum World-renowned Arts and Crafts Movement collection.
Chedworth Roman Villa Cotswolds
City Museum and Art Gallery Worcester
The Commandery Worcester The most important secular building in Worcester.
Corinium Museum Cirencester Cotswold treasures.
Cotswold Motoring Museum, Bourton-on-the-water.
Dean Heritage Museum, Forest of Dean
Dunkirk Mill Centre Working machinery in old fulling mill. Cotswolds
The Cider Museum Hereford Family friendly
The Waterworks Museum Hereford Family friendly
Gloucester City Museum
Gloucester Folk Museum
Hereford Museum
Ironbridge Gorge Museums
The Jenner Museum Berkeley
The John Moore Countryside Museum Tewkesbury. Natural history & wildlife conservation displays in C15th house.
The Judge’s Lodging Presteigne .Family friendly.
Ledbury Heritage Centre
Malvern Museum of Local History
The Mappa Mundi & Chained Library - One of the oldest maps of the world and two of the biggest and most ancient chained libraries in existence.
Mortimers Cross Water Mill
National Waterways Museum Gloucester
Nature in Art Twigworth Gloucester. First museum dedicated to art inspired by nature.
The Old House Hereford
The Painted Room Ledbury
The Pump Rooms Tenbury Wells
Ross Market House Heritage Centre Ross on Wye
Royal Worcester Visitor Centre www.royalworcester.com <http://www.royalworcester.com>
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, Gloucs. Gloucester Regiment & the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars.
Tudor House Museum Upton Upon Severn In C16th house and garden.
Worcestershire County Museum Hartlebury


Touring the black and white villages
Dilwyn Weobley
Sarnsfield Kinnersley
Eardisley Pembridge
Eardisland Shobdon

Dymock - home of the Dymock poets. Near Ledbury.
Ledbury - home to John Masefield, Elizabeth Barrett-Browning and William Langland.


The Arts

There are cinemas in Malvern Theatres and The Courtyard Centre for the Arts in Hereford.
Worcester Warner Village
Worcester Odeon

Three Choirs Festival - Europe’s oldest music festival
Elgar country and birthplace museum near Worcester
Great Witley Church music. Concerts and organ case from instrument upon which Handel played.
Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenam
Huntingdon Hall and Swan Theatre Worcester
World of Mechanical Music, Northleach

Malvern Theatres
The Courtyard Centre for the Arts Hereford
The Roses Theatre Tewkesbury


Places to Eat

The Left Bank Village Hereford
Floodgates Brasserie. Bistro
The River Terrace
Castle House Hereford Award-winning La Rive. Expensive
Colwall Park Hotel Award winning gourmet food. Expensive.
Glewstone Court Ross. Finalist, Restaurant of the Year 2004
The Cider House Restaurant Pembridge. Flavours of Herefordshire Highly Commended
The Scrumpy House Much Marcle Restaurant of the year
The Stagg Inn Titley. the first inn to be awarded a Michelin star.
Three Choirs Vineyard Near Ledbury.
Wilton Court Hotel Ross. Finalist Restaurant of the Year 2004

Local Restaurants
Black Pepper Ledbury. Carvery
Fuggles (at The Feathers) Ledbury. Good modern English food, friendly ambience.
The Malthouse Ledbury American chef. Good food
The Olive Tree Italian
The Verzons On A438 towards Hereford, 5 mins from Ledbury.
Raduni Ledbury. Good Indian food

Café at All Saints Church Hereford. Daytime only. Excellent home- produced vegetarian food in a working church.
Hampton Court The Orangery Restaurant Finalist, tearoom of the year 2004, Flavours of Herefordshire
Monkland Cheese Dairy Highly commended 2004 Tearoom of the year, Flavours of Herefordshire
Food from Here Abbey Dore Tearoom of the year, 2004, Flavours of Herefords.
The Village Green Coffee shop. Kingsland. Finalist, Tearoom of the year, 2004, Flavours of Herefordshire.
Warren Farm, Bringsty Finalist, 2004 Tearoom of the year, Flavours of Herefordshire.


The Bateman Arms Shobdon Pub of the year 2004 Flavours of Herefordshire
The Bell Inn Yarpole Finalist Flavours of Herefordshire 2004
The Bull Bosbury. Good pub food
The Crown and Sceptre Bromyard Commended Flavours of Herefordshire 2004
The Farmers Arms, Wellington Heath.
The Loughpool, Sellack Excellent reputation. Possibly under new ownership.
The Pheasant at Ross on Wye Commended in Flavours of Herefordshire
The Seven Stars, Ledbury
The Slip Tavern, Much Marcle
The Spread Eagle Hereford Finalist Flavours of Herefordshire 2004 (Pub),
The Wellington Inn Wellington Highly commended, Flavours of Herefordshire 2004

Frydays The Homend, Ledbury. Fish and Chips
Golden Gate Bye St. Ledbury. Chinese
Ming Hing New St. Ledbury Chinese
Paradise Balti & Tandoori Bye St. Ledbury Indian
Pizza House Bye St. Ledbury.
Raduni The Homend, Ledbury. Indian
Tang’s Fish Bar The Homend Ledbury Chinese/Fish




Luxury weekend getaways and self catering holiday cottages in english country cottages for romantic getaways or weekend breaks in Ledbury, Herefordshire accommodation close to the Cotswolds.

The Woodhouse Farm Cottages - luxury weekend getaways in english country cottages.

The english country cottages and grounds occupy one of Herefordshire's most charming spots for self catering weekend getaways in holiday cottages. The lovely countryside surrounding the picturesque and ancient market town of Ledbury is the perfect place from which to explore the three counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire and is close to the Cotswolds. This is the rural landscape which inspired poets from Langland to Masefield, and composers from Parry to Elgar. On weekend getaways come to walk the Malvern Hills, cycle the byways or canoe on the River Wye; visit the Marcher Castles, ancient cathedrals and churches, gardens, literary or music festivals. The Cotswolds is a short drive away.

The Woodhouse Farm english country cottages lie at the heart of 15 acres of land. Once a hop farm, its buildings are being converted and decorated in a way that reflects the individuality of each into self catering holiday cottages. The main cottage (The Woodhouse) is a 15th century hall house (listed grade II star) partially encircled by a moat.

Barn Croft is full of character and ideal for self catering weekend getaways - originally a calf house, adjoining a stone stable with loft above. Self catering accommodation consists of a large open plan kitchen, dining area and sitting room with woodburner and south facing views over the garden, moat and farmland. The large principal bedroom and bathroom are upstairs in the stone barn. Each downstairs bedroom has an en-suite shower.

Barn Croft has its own private terrace and garden ideal for romantic getaways, overlooking the carp-filled moat (parents of young children please note) and access to shared grounds.