Whether you're planning a romantic escape to the countryside, an active family holiday, or a leisurely catch up with friends, 3 Forge Cottages provides a wonderful home-away-from-home for your stay. This charming holiday cottage is tucked away deep in rural Herefordshire, within easy reach of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Brecon Beacons National Park, Hereford and Ludlow. Follow famous footpaths like Offa's Dyke Path or the route around Long Mynd and through the Carding Valley, play golf, canoe down the River Wye, and fish in the River Arrow. The cottage sleeps four people in two ensuite bedrooms and is available for bookings all year round.
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History - There is no escaping the past in Leominster and why would you want to, when it looks this good? The number of black and white timber-framed buildings are astounding, particularly when you consider that they are centuries old and saw action in both the War of the Roses and the Civil War. Even before it prospered as a wool town, thanks to the pretty Ryeland sheep that thrive in the fertile fields, the town’s border location was a magnet for British raiders, Welsh forces and Danish Vikings. An excellent way to learn more about the history of Leominster and its people is to follow the Black & White Buildings Trail with maps available from Grange Court and the Tourist Information Centre in Corn Square.
Walking and Cycling - Excellent roads make Leominster and Herefordshire easy to explore by car but the best way to enjoy the allure of the scenery is on foot or by bicycle. Start with the gentle five-mile Leominster Circular Route which goes past the priory and along the River Lugg, or go to Mortimer Forest or Queenswood Park to admire the extensive woodlands on a variety of way-marked trails. Croft Castle and parkland is nearby, expertly managed by the National Trust, and don’t miss the opportunity to see Capability Brown’s final masterpiece at Berrington Hall.
Cyclists will also appreciate the extensive and varied routes which cater for both road cyclists and mountain bikers. The Shropshire Hills, Malvern Hills and Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are all within a short drive, providing an even more glorious landscape to enjoy.Food and Drink - Herefordshire is an extremely rural county with a long and illustrious history of producing everything from lamb to cider. Leominster’s plentiful choice of places to eat and drink, as well as the regular Friday market, offer an exceptional array of seasonal produce that will entice even the fussiest of tastebuds. Cider lovers can build up a thirst along the Cider Route or stock up on some of the best local cider and perry at Newton Court. Not to be left out, there are cellar door sales at Broadfield Vineyards.
All-weather Attractions - The weather in Leominster is as predictable as anywhere in Britain, which means there may be days when you don’t want to be walking, cycling, fishing or playing golf. One of the reasons that Leominster is an ideal year-round holiday destination is because of its local attractions. Spend a rainy day exploring the beautiful cathedral and shops in historic Hereford, where there is also a cinema; or drive from village to village, stopping to admire centuries-old churches and historic houses. Speciality museums within a small radius include the Hereford Cider Museum, Butchers Row House Museum, and the Time Machine Museum of Science Fiction, and being close to the Welsh border means there are a lot of amazing castles.Beauty Spots - Herefordshire is an incredibly photogenic county so don't forget your camera! Stroll through orchards and underneath apple trees laden with spring blossom, and picnic beside the River Wye on a sunny summer day. The autumn colours are on display in all of their glory in Queenswood Country Park, where there are way-marked early and late autumn trails to help visitors make the most of this annual display. Warm yourself in winter with an energetic hill walk like the one to the peak of Garaway Hill where, on a clear day, you can see as far as the Brecon Beacons and the Cotswolds.
If you yearn for a place where you can unwind and breathe out, with beautiful views, centuries of history and delicious food on the doorstep then you will love Leominster.