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About Herefordshire

A picturesque county in the West Midlands, Herefordshire is famous for its beef and cider, its pleasant green pastures and its rich literary culture. Beautiful landscapes abound, dotted with heritage towns and villages, perfect for restorative rural weekends complete with terrific traditional pub feasts, and scenic rambles. Accommodation options range from lovely townhouses to country estates, but many of the best places to stay in Herefordshire are charming pubs-with-rooms, promising a very warm welcome.

Hereford, the county capital, is a striking small city and a lovely base for keen explorers. Admire the cathedral — which houses the legendary Mappa Mundi — stroll along lanes lined with half-timbered Tudor and Jacobean buildings, and tour the Cider Museum for a sense of the drink’s history. Herefordshire grows almost 50% of the apples in all UK ciders, and eager aficionados will be thrilled to follow the dedicated Cider Trail across the county.

Beyond Hereford are picturesque towns such as Ledbury and Leominster, also brimming with history. The Wye Valley is a favourite of walkers and avid historians, who will be delighted to discover the market town of Ross-on-Wye, with its independent boutiques and antique shops. Hay-on-Wye, which plays hosts to the acclaimed annual literary festival, is a nearby hub. With myriad outdoorsy activities, heaps of history and a reputation for excellent cuisine, you’ll find no shortage of things to see and do whilst at the best places to stay in Herefordshire.

The Best Places to Stay in Herefordshire

For a Riverside Townhouse

  • The Bridge House is a simply and elegantly designed, Georgian era house on the riverbank in Ross-on-Wye. Decorated with a beautiful collection of antiques, it offers nine individually decorated rooms with plenty of natural light, and well-placed artworks. There's a conservatory breakfast room overlooking the three-acre garden, and an inviting sitting room with an honesty bar.
  • Castle House, a Regency-era townhouse overlooking the remains of Hereford Castle's moat, has a wonderful classic feel. Rooms have upholstered headboards, antique furnishings and soothing colour schemes, perfect for unwinding after a day of exploring. The restaurant is superb, sourcing much of its produce from the owner's own farm, just eight miles away. A gem.

For a Pub with Rooms

  • The Baiting House, on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border, is famed for its fantastic gastropub, which specialises in modern British cuisine. Flagstones and exposed brick offer an understated backdrop to contemporary art and farming tools in the restaurant. Guest rooms are simple and traditional, and the larger lodges scattered in the grounds are great for families or groups, with kitchens and sitting rooms.
  • The Riverside at Aymestrey is a wonderfully characterful 17th-century building on the banks of the River Lugg. Think exposed beams, low ceilings, terracotta-tiled floors and candlelit tables, where you can feast on great gourmet fare. Rooms are charming, and there are three small lodges in the garden for groups. Well-placed for walkers.
  • The Kilpeck Inn has a more contemporary feel, with white-and-cream guest rooms tucke within a simple, two-storey building. The inn's pub feels more traditional, with wooden stools up at the bar and beamed ceilings. The food is famously fantastic, locally sourced from small-scale farmers in the area.
  • The Saracen's Head promises superb views across the stunning Symonds Yat. A modern take on the classic half-timbered country pub, this inn offers ten simple rooms with crisp white linens, white-washed walls and clean lines. Return from a day's hiking to tuck into hearty fare at the tables in the garden. Licenses to fish on the River Wye are available.
  • New Inn, St Owens Cross oozes character. A 16th-century inn with slightly wonky oak beams, this half-timbered gem is a favourite with romantics and heritage buffs. The three rooms fuse old and new, with cosy beds, low ceilings and sleek modern bathrooms. Chef Michael Fowler cooks up a storm in the kitchen, and it's worth booking a table well in advance.
  • The Feathers Hotel, a Tudor coaching inn on Ledbury's pretty high street, has bold patterned fabrics and colourful wallpaper in recently renovated rooms - plus swish new bathrooms. The modern British restaurant is excellent, with upholstered chairs, parquet flooring and a superb selection of local ales and spirits. Very atmospheric.

For a Country House Hotel

  • Verzon has been transformed from a red-brick country house into a wonderfully chic hotel. Smart, sophisicateed rooms has mood lighting, minimalist decor and big rolltop tubs, whilst shared spaces offer armchairs by the fireplace and an attractive veranda for soaking up the sunshine. The blue-painted restaurant has a playful feel, and the fantastic restaurant prides itself on using ingredients from its own farm -- as well as Chase vodka and gin. Brilliant for a romantic weekend in the countryside.
  • Burton Court is a beautifully maintained estate with two tastefully decorated traditional guest rooms. Primarily in imposing wedding venue, the house is also a fantastic choice for a quiet weekend away, with softly patterned wallpapers, big rooltub tubs and spectacular garden views from the bedrooms. Generous breakfasts are served in the dining room.
  • Glewstone Court, a stately home turned hotel near Ross-on-Wye, has nine guest rooms, the best of which have four-poster beds. The manicured gardens and splendid, as are the communal lounges, which feature crackling fireplaces, antique funiture and soft lighting. The award-winning restaurant is a destination in itself, ideal for keen foodies.

For a Great Value B&B

  • Charades Guest House is a red-brick Victorian residence set within pretty private gardens in the heart of Hereford. The six guest roms are classic and comfortable, big breakfasts are served in the dinign room, and you're jsut a short stroll from many of the city's restaurants. A quiet B&B offering very reasonable rates.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY COTTAGE

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Birmingham Airport, Bristol Airport, or Cardiff Airport, depending on your destination in Herefordshire. There is a well-connected bus and rail network from each airport, making it easy to get to hubs such as Hereford, Leominster and Ledbury, as well as the county's smaller villages.
  • Herefordshire is a wonderful region for a road trip! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Visit during the spring or summer months (May to September) for long days, more chance of sunshine and temperatures averaging around 17°C. July and August are peak season; travel outside the school holidays for great hotel deals.

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Best Hotels in Herefordshire

  • Charades Guest House Hereford 6 rooms from $70

    Local exploring  -  Ideally located in the heart of Hereford and just a stroll from the cathedral.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the majestic Belmont Abbey founded in 1859.
    Great walks  -  Take scenic strolls along the river path.
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    An elegant Victorian house set in expansive private gardens in the heart of Hereford. A handful of traditionally styled rooms are comfortable and spacious. An indulgent breakfast is served in the smart dining room and you'll find yourself a short stroll from numerous restaurants. See More

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  • Glewstone Court Ross-on-Wye (Herefordshire) 9 rooms from $92

    Country Escape  -  Expect manicured gardens for a stroll and acres of glorious walking country surrounding the property.
    Great walks  -  Explore the miles of scenic walking trails running through the Forest of Dean.
    Sailing  -  Take a scenic cruise down the River Wye.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    A stately home, turned boutique hotel, set in two acres of manicured gardens. Nine individually styled rooms are traditionally dressed and spacious. A number of elegant lounges feature roaring fires and antiques. The award winning restaurant is worthy of a visit alone. See More

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  • The Baiting House Herefordshire 6 rooms from $99

    Country Escape  -  Cosy bedrooms, hearty food and beatuiful walking country make this ideal for a rural getaway.
    Restaurant  -  The freshest of local ingredients beautifully crafted into a seasonal menu complete with Herefordshire rarebit
    Great walks  -  A number of scenic walking routes have been laid out by the hotel.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    A boutique inn with superb restaurant, set in a scenic and secluded spot, offering a collection of rooms and lodges. Traditionally dressed rooms feature white-washed walls, beamed ceilings and crisp white linen. Lodges sleep up to four and are ideal for families. A delightful rural escape. See More

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  • The Riverside at Aymestrey Herefordshire 6 rooms from $104

    Country Escape  -  Expect plenty of atmosphere, superb walks and hearty food.
    Restaurant  -  A delectable cuisine made from the freshest of local ingredients, many from the kitchen garden
    Great walks  -  Choose from one of the twelve circular walks designed by the inn.
    Fishing  -  Try your hand at fly fishing on the River Lugg.
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    A traditional inn set besides the picturesque River Lugg. Some rooms with historic features featuring country art and soft floral patterns, and other recently added garden lodges. The restaurant is outstanding, serving traditional British fare with a modern twist. See More

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  • The Kilpeck Inn Hereford, Herefordshire 4 rooms from $109

    Local exploring  -  A great base from which to explore the Herefordshire and Wales borderlands.
    Sights nearby  -  The surrounding marchland is full of castles such as Grosmont Castle, Longtown Castle and Skenfrith Castle.
    Great walks  -  The surrounding countryside is full of beautiful walking routes.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Tucked into the rolling Herefordshire countryside, The Kilpeck Inn is a charming contemporary guesthouse. One of the inn's big selling points is the excellent food served in the restaurant. See More

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  • The Saracen's Head Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire 10 rooms from $115

    Country Escape  -  A riverside property set in a particularly beautiful part of the British coutryside.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks along the river and through the beautiful countryside.
    Fishing  -  The Inn provides free licenses to fish on the River Wye.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the majestic 12th century Goodrich castle.
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    A half timbered Inn offering modern accommodation and outstanding views across the beautiful Symonds Yat. Ten simply designed rooms are light and airy with crisp white linen, white-washed walls and parquet flooring. A fantastic restaurant is the perfect spot to return to after a day's exploring. See More

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  • Verzon Ledbury, Herefordshire 8 rooms from $141

    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.
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel, Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • The Bridge House Ross-on-Wye 9 rooms from $167

    Elegant  -  Beautiful rooms, with antique style furniture, expect four poster beds, button back armchairs and pretty finishes
    Country Escape  -  A gorgeous Georgian country house with endless country pursuits in the surrounding area
    Fishing  -  The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean offers some excellent fishing both on the River Wye itself and its many tributaries.
    Great walks  -  Enjoy some of the loveliest walks in Britain to be found in the hillsides and meadows surrounding Ross on Wye.
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    Recommended by  -  Sawdays

    A stunning Georgian house located on the River Wye with elegant rooms featuring well-placed paintings and a few choice antiques. The views are spectacular, the charming lounge blissfully relaxing, breakfasts delicious and there's plenty to keep all entertained in the surrounding countryside. See More

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  • Burton Court Near Leominster, Herefordshire 2 rooms from $167

    Country Escape  -  Enjoy a slice of the good life in this splendid country house set amidst beautiful parkland.
    Great walks  -  Take long beautiful walks through the surrounding countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the magnificent cathedral in Hereford.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    An impressive estate offering just two rooms, ideal for a quiet weekend away. Unsurprisingly spacious, the rooms are also tastefully styled with just the right amount of antiques, softly patterned wallpaper and with spectacular views. Breakfasts are served in style in the elegant dining room. See More

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  • Castle House, Herefordshire Hereford, Herefordshire 24 rooms from $192

    Restaurant  -  Highly recommened food from head chef Claire NIcholls. Much of the produce comes from the owner's farm.
    Sights nearby  -  Yards from Hereford Cathedral
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Traditional
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    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. See More

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  • The New Inn St Owens Cross Hereford, Herefordshire 3 rooms from $205

    Foodies  -  Come for the food alone where you can expect finely crafted British cuisine created by experienced chef Michael Fowler
    Great walks  -  Explore the network of scenic trails running through the Symonds Yat
    Sights nearby  -  Make a trip to nearby Hereford to marvel at the beautiful cathedral
    Full of character
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    A historic 16th-century inn with rooms set in picturesque Herefordshire countryside. Having undergone a renovation, the three rooms now perfectly mix the old and the new. Expect modern bathrooms partitioned with glass set against oak-beamed rooms. Superb modern British fare completes the picture. See More

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  • The Feathers Hotel Herefordshire 22 rooms from $205

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned to explore Ledbury by foot but also the nearby historic cities of Worcester, Hereford, and Gloucester
    Restaurant  -  Seasonal modern British cuisine is served in the atmospheric restaurant
    Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby Eastnor Castle and Hereford Cathedral
    Full of character
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    A historic Tudor coaching inn located on the high street of pretty Ledbury. Interiors are packed full of character with rooms that feature boldly coloured fabrics, statement headboards, and traditional exposed beams. With a very good modern British restaurant, this is an atmospheric stay. See More

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