Herefordshire and beyond

The best resource for everything that's happening in Herefordshire is found on the Things to Do page of the Visit Herefordshire website - http://www.visitherefordshire.co.uk/

Black and White Village Tour – A wonderful tour of all our local black and white timbered and unspoilt villages, including Lyonshall, Pembridge, Eardisland, Weobley etc. Eardisland - Award-winning "Prettiest Village"; Weobley – an extraordinary variety of medieval buildings; Pembridge - don't miss the Market Square and detached Church bell tower; Eardisley – with its giant oak tree; Dilwyn – with its village green surrounded by cottages. Add Kinnersley and Sarnesfield, Lyonshall and Kingsland – and, of course, the two market towns of Kington and Leominster – and you have the key elements of the now famous Black and White Village Trail. www.lyonshall-village.fsnet.co.uk/home.htm will give you some historic information about our own little village.

Bryans Ground – Presteigne 01544 260001. Lovely interesting garden with wonderful yew hedging. Only open at certain times or by appointment. www.bryansground

Croft Castle – Mortimers Cross 01568 780246. Beautiful National Trust 17th Century Stone manor house with lovely gardens, open Wednesday to Sunday, April to September and Saturday Sunday otherwise. www.castleuk.net/castle_lists_midlands/137/croftcastle.htm.

Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, 01531-633160. Medieval Castle with lots to do! www.eastnorcastle.com.

Hampton Court – Hope under Dinmore 01568-797777 www.hamptoncourt.org.uk. A castle on the meadows of the river Lugg, backed by a steep wooded escarpment and surrounded by woodland and grounds of 1,000 acres. Founded by King Henry in the early 15th century, the castle has been completely restored and the Van Kampen gardens are now gaining national acclaim

Hergest Croft, Kington – 01544 230160 www.hergest.co.uk. Beautiful rhododendron and azalea woods in late spring and Acers in autumn. Described as 'one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in Britain', the gardens are sure to delight everyone.

Lawton Hall Herbs, Eardisland 01568 709215. Herb Nursery. www.lawtonhall.co.uk.

Lingen Nursery and Garden, Bucknell 01544 267720 www.lingennursery.co.uk.

The Amazing Hedge Puzzle- Symonds Yat 01600 890360 www.mazes.co.uk. Ever since it was planted 25 years ago by brothers Lindsay and Edward Heyes, the fun of the aMazing Hedge Puzzle has made it Herefordshires most popular private tourist attraction.

Whimble Nursery & Gardens, Kinnerton 01547 560413. Unusual plants for sale.

Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, Symonds Yat 01600 890360 www.butterflyzoo.co.uk. Experience the delight of nature's most serene and beautiful wildlife. At the Bufferfly Zoo you can walk with free flying exotic butterflies and see them supping nectar, finding their mates and laying eggs.

Courtyard Theatre Hereford 01432-359252 www.courtyard.org.uk/. Films, plays and pantomimes.

Judges Lodgings, Presteigne 01544 260650 www.judgeslodging.org.uk/. Fabulously restored Victorian lodgings.

Hay-on-Wye 01497 820144 www.hay-on-wye.co.uk. Lovely Border market town at the foot of the Black Mountains, with a plethora of book and antique shops and a famous literary festival in May.

Herefordshire Tourism, What's On Throughout the county at Visit Herefordshire http://www.visitherefordshire.co.uk

Kington Tourism, What's On in and Around Kington 01544 230778 www.kingtontourist.info or www.kc3.co.uk. This is our charming local market town with two butchers, two greengrocers (one with excellent fish on a Friday – The Grapevine), a great place for coffee at The Border Bean - no websites but please see the brilliant reviews on Trip Advisor, a sports shop, chemist, too many charity shops, a post office, banks and a largish Co-op round the back (turn left opposite the school), a couple of hairdressers and a beautician! For further details please enquireinfo@whiteheronproperties.com.

Ludlow Castle 01584 873355 http://www.ludlowcastle.com/. Wonderful castle dating back to the 11th century.

Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Hereford Cathedral 01432-374202 www.herefordcathedral.co.uk. One of the oldest maps in the country and the historic chained library.

Small Breeds Farm Kington 01544-231109 www.owlcentre.com. Your kids will love this farm wildlife park full of everything from llamas, owls, goats, to guinea pigs, ducks, mice and rats!

Wigmore Castle Wigmore www.castlewales.com/wigmore.html. Recently renovated by English Heritage.

What Our Guests Say

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 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
“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
"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
“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.
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
“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`
“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)
“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
"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