The Riverside Inn
Deep in the Herefordshire countryside beside the waters of the Lugg is The Riverside Inn at Aymestrey, an ancient building reinvented as a modern gem of hospitality. Its combination of excellence in providing food, drink and accommodation has been so extraordinarily successful that it has been named Best Tourism Pub of 2018 by Visit England.
Food served at The Riverside commands two AA Rosettes for excellence, with all of the food chef-prepared from scratch on the premises, fresh for every meal. The ingredients are all top quality and locally sourced from the meat to the ice cream. Much of the produce is grown in the on-site kitchen garden under the guidance of Chef Patron Andy Link, a farmer’s son who cherishes good food and does it justice with an inspirational menu changing with the seasons.
The Riverside, near Ludlow and Hereford, has been accommodating overnight guests since the 1600s but the rooms have been recently renovated and individually furnished to a welcoming 4 Star level. Expect super-comfy beds, feather & down duvets, complimentary toiletries & refreshments.
The oak beam character of the premises lends itself to a convivial atmosphere, especially as the bar serves cask ales, craft spirits and other high quality beverages.
The Riverside Inn
Herefordshire HR6 9ST
Tel 01568 708440
Monnington House & Cottage provides superb self catering accommodation for up to 18 people in the glorious Herefordshire countryside, making it the perfect location for extended family gatherings, reunions and milestone celebrations.
There is a beautiful farmhouse and adjoining cottage in this farmland setting surrounded by apple orchards, grazing animals and idyllic walks. They are rated 4 Star Gold by VisitEngland and are undoubtedly one of the best places to stay in the Wye Valley region.
The main farmhouse has six spacious bedrooms and six bathrooms while the cottage has three large bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The farmhouse dining area seats 18 and the kitchen is a joy for the culinary minded, with amenities including a large island, Aga, two ovens, three fridge freezers and two dishwashers. There are numerous rooms in which to relax and play games like pool and table tennis, while outdoor amenities include a spacious garden and playing field, terrace and parking for 10 vehicles.
The property is on the Wye Valley Walk and cycle trails. Many guests frequent the pleasant pub only 20 minutes’ walk away, which serves good food. Others enjoy a fine dining venue, also nearby.
Local activities include watersports, golf, fishing and riding. Monnington House is near the M5 between beautiful Hereford and the literary town of Hay on Wye.
Contact details: Monnington House & Cottage, Monnington on Wye, Herefordshire
Tel 01672 563571
Old Forge Cottage
Guests find themselves enchanted by the characterful holiday accommodation of Old Forge Cottage, set in Herefordshire’s beautiful Golden Valley running between the Black Mountains and the River Dore.
This spacious property near the Welsh border is perfectly placed for anyone wanting to make the most of the great outdoors including walkers, cyclists, canoeists and dog owners, who can bring their pets by arrangement and exercise them on a grass track across 14 acres of private land.
The local Wye Valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there are easy links to other amazing areas including the Brecon Beacons, Symmonds Yat, the Malverns and the Cotswolds. Many visitors like to drive to the lovely cities of Hereford, Worcester or Gloucester. Metal detectorists like to follow local legend to search for an ancient stash of treasure.
Freshly refurbished Old Forge Cottage sleeps four in a double with a private bathroom and an en suite twin room. A cot or folding bed can be added if desired. The property has a comfortable lounge, fitted kitchen and comes fully equipped and super comfortable with amenities including a cosy log burner. Guests can buy delicious eggs from former caged chickens now re-homed nearby.
Owners Rowena and Declan Williams live in the adjacent Lyston Smithy.
“People who come to stay say ‘Wow!’ a lot,” says Rowena.
Contact details: Old Forge Cottage, Lyston Smithy, Wormelow, Hereford HR2 8EL
Tel 01981 540685
www.oldforgecottage.org, Facebook @oldforgecottage
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