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Famed for beef, cider, books, ancient maps and pleasant green pastures, if you already know Hereford is the holiday destination for you, go direct to our guru's list of the best places to stay in Herefordshire.
Herefordshire beef is notoriously tasty, and the county's green pastures are due to the moist valleys through which rivers wind, supporting the herds. Herefordshire's orchards are also famous for growing fifty per cent of the apples in all British cider - and, in case you didn't know, that's quite a lot of cider! In fact, Hereford even has its own cider museum.
It also boasts the cathedral, which is where they keep the Mappa Mundi, one of the world's oldest pieces of cartography.
Hay on Wye Literary Festival is where the county's association with books comes from, a ten day summer festival that was once described by Bill Clinton as "The Woodstock of the mind"!
What Not To Miss
- Hereford Cathedral isn't just an impressive home for the Mappa Mundi and one of the Magna Cartas, it also has the world's largest Chained Library - yes, books were so precious they had to be chained up. Wander around this historic spot, taking in the lovely stained glassed windows as well as the wonderful architecture.
- Hereford Cider Museum is a great place to find out all about the history and process of cider making. Learn how the Bulmer brothers created their own cider empire, visit the champagne cider cellars and enjoy a free sample in the gift shop.
- The National Trust's Berrington Hall is a stunning neoclassical mansion set in landscaped grounds. Designed by the famous 18th century architect Henry Holland, it's one of his best-preserved properties. Wander around and learn all about daily life back in the day, including the typical upstairs-downstairs dynamic, and enjoy a picnic afterwards in the garden.
But, Herefordshire has even more to offer than just the aforementioned highlights. It's close to the outdoor pleasures of the Brecon Beacons and the Wye Valley (Ross on Wye is an ideal base for the stunning Wye Valley), and it's very wealthy in old market towns with beautiful bits and bobs worth exploring. So, it's understandably difficult to decide where the best places to stay in Herefordshire might be. Use our guide and start to plan your trip.
For Historic Hereford
Hereford also has some of the loveliest examples of those half-timbered Tudor and Jacobean buildings, and there's plenty of beautiful country around it to stroll in - especially on the 'Cider Trail'.
- If river views in central Hereford are high on your holiday must-have list then Castle House is the property to book. Right by the cathedral and the remains of Hereford Castle's moat, this regency townhouse has been converted into an elegant hotel.
The Outstanding Natural Beauty of the Wye Valley
If you enjoy roving, the Wye Valley is one of the best places to stay in Herefordshire or surrounds. Limestone gorges, dense pockets of woodlands, then green expanses make this countryside as varied as it is beautiful.
- Wilton Court is ideally located for exploring the Wye Valley. One of the main reasons is that it's right on the banks of the River Wye. Originally an Elizabethan home, this glorious building has also been a Magistrate's Court, before becoming a very comfortable hotel - with an award-winning restaurant. Wilton Court is also one of the best hotels in Herefordshire if you crave a quiet place to relax, take long strolls and sit in a beautiful garden contemplating the thoughts that the river throws up at you. Bliss.
- Brooks Country House, set in a Georgian manor house, enjoys a serene rural setting near Ross on Wye. Offering lovely accommodation which smartly combines original features and contemporary touches, there's a lovely spa in which to unwind after a day out hiking and splendid meals served up.
The Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons are Herefordshire-adjacent, and many of the best places to stay in Herefordshire are also excellent bases for exploring these peaks and valleys.
- A 17th Century coach inn on the River Monnow, the Bell at Skenfrith has an excellent restaurant and eleven rooms. So it's still a coach house, really. The air is fresh, a lot of the food comes from their own kitchen garden and it's a wonderful gateway to the Brecon Beacons. It's also perfect if you're a fisherman - their ghillie can arrange fishing on the Usk, Wye or Monnow.
- The Pigeon House offers just two rooms in a traditional country style - with antiques, lovely rugs and a four poster in one of them. Their gorgeous drawing room is a great spot to curl up with a book and the daily breakfasts will set you up perfectly for the day.
- Verzon has been transformed from a country house into a wonderfully chic hotel. Their smart rooms feature elegant furnishings and it also boasts a fantastic restaurant (with a number of ingredients produced on site). A charming getaway.
For A Holiday cottage
- If you think that a self-catering option would best suit your needs then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, booking.com.
- Weather wise, Herefordshire's obviously at its loveliest during the summer - with July and August experiencing average temperatures of 16°C. It's hardly ever packed and so even in the middle of summer you won't find a huge amount of tourists, though accommodation may be more expensive at this time.
- The most convenient airports are Birmingham Airport, Bristol Airport and Cardiff Airport.
- Birmingham Airport has a free monorail system linking the airport with the train station, and from there you can easily head to your final destination. From Bristol Airport, the Flyer Airport Express bus will take you to the train station for £7. If you arrive at Cardiff then hop on the T9 bus to the centre of town before then taking the train to Herefordshire.
- If you're taking the train then there are railway stations in Hereford, Leominster, Colwall and Ledbury.
- For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.
Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Herefordshire for you?
Best Hotels in Herefordshire
The Pigeon House 2 rooms from $104Herefordshire
The Pigeon House offers two elegantly decorated en-suite rooms in Bodenham, Herefordshire. Superb breakfasts. Romp around the countryside during the day before relaxing in the gorgeous drawing room with a good book and the wood-burner on! A friendly and intimate hidden gem.Romantic Break - Take a cosy weekend for two with elegant accommodation, a quiet atmosphere and wonderful breakfasts served each morningCountry Escape - Feel a million miles away from your worries at this tranquil rural spotGreat walks - Set off exploring the surrounding countryside or head into the quaint market town of LedburyFishing - If you fancy a quiet afternoon then wander down to the river Lugg for a spot of fishingRecommended by - Sawdays
Brooks Country House 22 rooms from $113Ross on Wye (Nr Ross-on-Wye)
Brooks Country House enjoys a serene countryside setting near Ross on Wye, Herefordshire. This Georgian manor house offers wonderful accommodation combining various original features with contemporary touches. Come back after a day out hiking and unwind in the sauna! A top retreat.Romantic Break - Divine accommodation, a lovely quiet setting and superb cuisine-the ideal choice for a romantic getawayFoodies - Brooks Country House uses local produce to serve up truly wonderful dishesCountry Escape - Feel a million miles away from city life at this tranquil rural spotGreat walks - Head off on long walks through the beautiful surrounding countryside
Westbrook Court 5 rooms from $117Hay on Wye, Herefordshire
A charming B&B set on a traditional farm, in the rolling countryside of Herefordshire. The B&B itself is a modern timber-clad building and it houses stylish, chic rooms that open out onto sun decks. Perfect for walking holidays in the Brecon Beacons or fishing trips to the River Wye.Active Holiday - Great walking opportunities in the Brecon Beacons and excellent Salmon fishing on the nearby River Wye.Country Escape - Set in beautiful rolling Herefordshire countryside, perfect for a relaxing break from the city.Local exploring - Explore the charming Hay-on-Wye with its art galleries and antique shops.Fishing - Anglers will be please to hear you can take fishing trips on the nearby River Wye.Recommended by - Sawdays, I Escape
Verzon 8 rooms from $143Ledbury, Herefordshire
Set in a beautiful country house, transformed into a chic hotel. The rooms are cosy and comfortable with elegant furnishings and tasteful artwork. Downstairs, there's a stylish restaurant with a picturesque veranda for warm weather. Ideal for a weekend away in the countryside.Foodies - Foodie heaven- the farm produces Chase vodka and gin, cattle and pigs, and you can sample it all at the fantastic restaurant.Country Escape - Ideal for a weekend away in a charming Herefordshire country house.Great walks - Work up an appetite while exploring the beautiful surrounding Herefordshire countryside.Local markets - Browse the Ledbury farmers market and pick up some of the best regional produce.Recommended by - Sawdays
Wilton Court 11 rooms from $163Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Country restaurant with rooms on the banks of the River Wye. Wholesome country food, elegant rooms, beautiful garden lawns.Four poster beds - For romantics.Great walks - Good for walkers.Fishing - Excellent fishing nearby.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
Castle House 24 rooms from $195Hereford, Herefordshire
Elegant regency townhouse hotel bang in the centre of historic Hereford, a stone's throw from the Cathedral. Classically styled rooms, with suites for families. Excellent restaurant and bistro serving locally sourced produce.Sights nearby - Yards from Hereford CathedralLocal markets - Good for local colour.Great walks - Good for walkers.Four poster beds - For romantics.