Mark and David's verdict
Herefordshire is one of England's least spoiled and most traditional counties. Rent a cottage and you can explore the Wye Valley, hike picturesque walking trails and visit medieval villages and small market towns. In historic pubs you can feast on some of the finest local produce from cider to beef and cheese.

Recommended company: Sykes Cottages

Sykes Cottages says

Herefordshire is one of England’s most rural and sparsely-populated counties – some call it the ‘land of milk and honey’ with its lush countryside, vast orchards, Hereford cattle and medieval half-timbered villages.

  • Historic villages
  • Pretty cottages
  • Walking trails

It’s the embodiment of the ‘great outdoors’ with endless walking trails – don’t miss the Black and White Trail and Offa’s Dyke Path – as well as river cruises, Hereford’s magnificent Norman Cathedral, the Malvern Hills, the Wye Valley and a 20-mile Cider Trail around the region’s cider makers.

Base yourselves in a cosy cottage, stock up on local goodies, and explore the county. You can find accommodation in a range of styles to suit all needs, from cottages for two up to houses that sleep up to 24.

Couples will love The Granary in the sleepy hamlet of St Margaret. The views down the Golden Valley to the Malvern Hills from the top of the garden are breathtaking. Another romantic option is The Smithy, a Grade II-listed black and white timbered cottage in the historic hamlet of Lucton – it oozes rural character  If you’re seeking an action-packed stay, Wye View is a stylish cottage on the outskirts of Ross-on-Wye, set on the River Wye with a fantastic range of amenities within walking distance.

Find the perfect countryside cottage with endless walks on your doorstep, or take your pick from award-winning properties for a stay with a difference. There’s even the option of staying in a Georgian manor house on the banks of the River Wye for the perfect way to experience the beauty of the area.

Explore a variety of cottages in Herefordshire, including some which are dog-friendly so you can bring your four-legged friend too.

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