I am Jo Hilditch, proud owner of White Heron Properties! We are located on the Whittern Estate in North Herefordshire, which has been in my family for 4 generations. Traditionally the farm was a mixed arable farm but over the generations we have planted 200 acres of fruit. This includes blackurrants that we grow for Ribena (around 5% of their fruit comes from us!) and cider apples that we grow for Bulmers. During the years, I have been diversified into other areas, and we now also produce our famous British Cassis! We have appeared with the Hairy Bikers, in a lengthy piece on Countryfile, all about Herefordshire. I am a regular promoter of our beautiful county - the best kept secret in England!

The properties themselves, at the heart of our beautiful estate, are the original buildings for the gardeners and the estate blacksmith; and the old stables are where my great grandmother's carriages and favourite horses were stabled (now The Colloquy). In addition to this, I am very keen to protect this beautiful Herefordshire countryside; and the numerous footpaths that have been cut around our 700 acre estate for our guests to use pass ponds, field margins and wildflower mixes, which are all part of a Higher Level Stewardship scheme.

I am ably supported by a staff of 5 at the holiday properties. Nothing is too much trouble for our property manager Charlotte Bounds, and all of our housekeepers have an excellent eye for detail. Although we don't regularly enter accommodation competitions we are proud to have achieved Gold status in the English Tourist Board (ETB) with awards in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

 

What Our Guests Say

“We first came here in 2005 and regularly returned for a family holiday – we LOVE it! Thank you Jo, and all the staff for all your hard work. Highlights for us – The Stagg, the Space Centre at Knighton; and the swimming pool!” The Morgan Family, Norway.
"The Colloquy is the perfect setting for our New Year's retreat. Not only is the setting idyllic with beautiful gardens and gorgeous walks but the house itself perfectly suits our every need - large rooms and spacious, comfortable bedrooms." Ceri Walden
The Colloquy is just fabulous. We loved the swimming pool, the 18th-century clock tower and the walled landscaped gardens – so much so, that it was almost a struggle to make it to Hay itself- Bryony Gordon- The Telegraph
“What a wonderful surprise! Having been kidnapped by my family on my 70th birthday to arrive at the Colloquy. I WAS BLOWN AWAY! Beautiful house and setting enjoyed by all.” Tom Cropper and Family, Lancs. August 2013
“What an incredible house! We had the most magical weekend and I would highly recommend the Colloquy to anyone! Fantastic all round” Emily Stala (London)
"This year marked our 7th year at the Colloquy and we haven't been able to find anything anywhere in the country that can rival it! We'll definitely be back!" - Katie Grifiths
“Another restful stay in this wonderful location. Our 4th year here and we still love coming to Herefordshire. As per normal we are going home very relaxed…” Buchanan family, Surrey, May 2013`
“I’ve run out of things to say! Our 13th successive year & we’ll always come back. Thank you, Jo and Sarah.” Jenifer Wakelyn and David Matthews, London. August 2014
“What a fabulous setting. We have had a lovely, peaceful week. The dogs thought the garden and the fields around were the best things ever. Will return! Don’t want to go home! Sarah Jones was very helpful and welcoming. Thanks Sarah.” The Bullough fam
Lovely week. Marvellous spacious rooms, excellent activities – squash pool, hottub etc. Great garden for an Easter Egg Hunt” – Tyte, Reeves and McGowan families (W Sussex Hampshire and Cambridge) – 11 April 2014