Herefordshire and Shropshire border each other and contain several large Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty with superb hills and river valleys, as well as historic towns and villages with some outstanding architecture. Explore the upper reaches of the River Wye or walk parts of Offa’s Dyke long-distance footpath which runs along the English-Welsh border; spend a day wandering around Hereford with its Grade 1-listed cathedral, explore the medieval streets of Ludlow or visit the Ironbridge Gorge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
Hideaways' interesting and highly unusual selection of holiday accommodation - from luxury barn conversions for large groups to romantic cottages and quirky follies - will provide the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful and fascinating region.
This former shooting folly provides wonderfully quirky and unusual accommodation. A real 'hideaway', it is perfect for anyone seeking peace and tranquillity. Visit England 4 stars, Gold Award.
Elephant Cottage is so called because, bizarrely, an elephant was once housed in it! Converted from a former farm building, it is now an enchanting cottage brimming with character.
15% discount for all holidays ending on or before 28th October
One of four beautifully converted properties near Hay-on-Wye, providing luxury holiday accommodation. Perfect just for two or as part of a larger group.
15% discount for all holidays ending on or before 27th October
Delightfully located in a gently rolling green landscape with superb views to the Malvern Hills, Bank Farm Barn is in a unique location exuding peace and tranquility.
Restored to the highest standards, this Grade II listed cottage is situated in a conservation area near Ludlow's medieval Broad Gate. Visit England 4 stars.
15% discount for all holidays ending on or before 21st October
One of four beautifully converted properties near Hay-on-Wye, providing luxury holiday accommodation. Wheelchair accessible.
20% discount for two guests
One of four beautifully converted properties near Hay-on-Wye, providing luxury accommodation for large groups.
One of four beautifully converted properties near Hay-on-Wye, providing exceptional holiday accommodation for large groups. Perfect for celebration weekends.
20% discount for all holidays ending on or before 21st October
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Several of Hideaways’ most unusual and attractive properties lie within these two counties which border each other and contain some of the most rural and sparsely populated parts of England. Herefordshire, to the south, is famous for its apple and pear orchards which produce high-quality cider; and for the growing of soft fruit such as strawberries. North of Herefordshire is the county of Shropshire, sometimes known as Salop (its official name briefly in the later part of the 20th century) and the largest inland county in England.
The River Wye, at 135 miles the fifth longest in the UK, runs briefly along the border with Powys and then through Hereford and Ross, eventually joining the Severn estuary near Chepstow after passing close to the Forest of Dean (itself a stronghold of delightful Hideaways cottages). The river, and the geology of its surroundings, have given rise to a wide range of holiday activities from climbing and paragliding to fishing and kayaking. Other outdoor occupations include cycling, riding and especially walking: the long-distance footpath, Offa’s Dyke, runs North- South through much of the county and has some challenging gradients. From the Hideaways holiday cottages near Hay on Wye a footpath leads directly to a scenic part of the Path.
Hereford is the county town and also a city by virtue of its Grade 1 listed cathedral which dates from 1079 but which was much added to between the 14th. and 16th. centuries. It is perhaps best known for the Mappa Mundi, a 13th. century map of the then known world; but the cathedral is also home to one of the few remaining copies of the Magna Carta as well as priceless illuminated manuscripts dating from the reign of King John. The city is host every third year to the Three Choirs Festival with Worcester and Gloucester. Other towns of interest in Herefordshire include the market towns of Leominster and Ledbury, as well as Ross on Wye, Kington and Bromyard, near which can be found the Elgar Trail featuring places associated with the famous composer. A mile or so outside Bromyard lies another of Hideaways’ more quirky properties, Elephant Cottage, so called because before it was converted, a circus used to keep its elephant there over Winter!
The land bordering Wales is an antiquarian’s paradise, containing as it does many castles built after the Norman conquest during long wars with the Welsh. An area equivalent to about a quarter of the county is an AONB encompassing Houseman’s ‘Blue remembered Hills’. Within this area lies the attractive market town of Church Stretton, overlooked by the famous Long Mynd beneath which is one of Hideaways’ most remarkable properties, a superbly preserved 15th. century hall house. Other landmarks include The Wrekin and Much Wenlock, the summits of both affording tremendous views.
The county town of Shropshire is Shrewsbury, containing a wealth of ancient buildings and also famous for the public school of the same name. An attraction not to be missed is Ironbridge Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which celebrates the county’s industrial past. Other places well worth visiting include Ludlow which has over 500 listed buildings and where the mediaeval street pattern is almost intact. Hideaways’ guests can stay in a delightful cottage close to the centre. Market Drayton, in the North of the county, is a pleasant small town fairly close to perhaps the most unusual of all Hideaways’ properties, an extraordinary ‘folly’ for two with a crenellated tower at one end.
Common to both counties is a network of rivers and canals which provide a wide range of aquatic activities. The rivers Wye and Severn (the longest in Britain), and several canals such as the Shropshire Union, Llangollen, Hereford and Gloucester and Montgomery, all cater for outdoor enthusiasts: narrowboats can be hired, daytrips taken on the water, and fishing, walking, cycling and riding can all be enjoyed along the towpaths. Canals have seen something of a revival in recent years and a new basin is being created in the centre of Hereford, with restoration work continuing elsewhere in the county. Whatever your interests, however, these two counties offer a wealth of experiences and some superb Hideaways cottages.
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