The Golden Valley is a picturesque part of Herefordshire formed around the river Dore and bordering with Wales. Dore Abbey is a former mediaeval monastery which hosts concerts in the summer months. The border town of Hay-on-Wye is famous for its second hand book shops and International Festival of Literature, which attracts visitors from across the globe. The range of self-catering accommodation near Hay-on-Wye is extensive - thatched cottages, remote rural retreats and large holiday houses in the English countryside are just some of the holiday homes available to rent in this part of Herefordshire.
Herefordshire lies in the western part of central England on the Welsh border. A holiday cottage in Herefordshire will give you access to a rich landscape of rolling hills, rivers, woodland, and attractive towns and villages.
The ancient city of Hereford stands on the banks of the River Wye. There's a mix of historic and contemporary architecture, two impressive bridges spanning the river, parks and pedestrianised shopping areas. The mighty Norman Cathedral has hosted Europe's prestigious 'Three Choirs' festival. There's also an annual arts and crafts festival in Hereford. The Herefordshire Cider museum guides visitors through the fascinating history of cider making and offers a taste of the traditional brew. Self-catering holiday cottages in Hereford range from pretty town houses to traditional vacation homes in the city.
Ledbury is an attractive market town sheltered by the Malvern Hills. The timber-framed Market House stands in the wide high street, and the cobbled Church Lane leads to the Parish Church of St Michael. Ledbury hosts a poetry festival every summer and renting a holiday home in Ledbury is a great place to stay for the festival. Bromyard is another attractive Herefordshire town, made popular amongst walkers by proximity to the Downs and Bringsty Common. The Malvern Hills are also close, situated just on the border with Worcestershire. Staying in a holiday cottage in the Malverns is a must for those who enjoy inspiring landscapes, and these particular hills inspired the great composer Elgar to compose 'Pomp and Circumstance' (Land of Hope and Glory). Ross-on-Wye sits dramatically on a sandstone cliff above the loop of the River Wye in South Herefordshire. It's a welcoming town with plenty of accommodation available. The soaring spire of St Mary the Virgin dominates the skyline. The 17th century market hall has a heritage centre on the second storey, and still holds regular market in the lower part (perfect for stocking up if you are staying in a self-catering cottage in Ross-on-Wye). There's a good range of independent shops as well as high-street favourites. Nearby Symonds Yat is a famous beauty spot, where the River Wye has carved a gorge through the limestone cliffs. Birdwatchers can look out for rare species including the peregrine falcon. The two settlements of Symonds Yat East and West are connected by a man-powered rope ferry. The River Wye provides for watery pursuits such as canoeing, and is known for the quality of its salmon. So Herefordshire is a great place to stay if you like fishing.
Herefordshire villages have a quintessentially English feel, and often feature traditional black and white timbered buildings. There are cottages in Eardisland, holiday homes in Weobley, Pembridge cottages to hire, Eardisly vacation rentals and traditional holiday cottages in Dilwyn. Wherever you choose to stay, a self-catering holiday in Herefordshire will not disappoint.