If you could imagine your ideal countryside escape, the chances are that it would look like Old Barn House. Set in the Herefordshire countryside within easy reach of the Wye Valley AONB, this beautiful property sleeps up to eight people in four lovely bedrooms, with generously sized living areas and features like an outdoor hot tub and a big garden where family and friends can relax. There is a fishing lake a few minutes stroll away, and footpaths and cycling routes from the door. Far-reaching views, excellent amenities and a fantastic location make it ideal for a holiday in any season.
A large group of people need a spacious property, and Hollytree House is ideal. This large holiday home is on the River Wye, close to Symonds Yat and within walking distance of three popular pubs including The Saracens Head which you can reach via a hand-pulled ferry across the river. With nine bedrooms and eight bathrooms, there is easily enough space for up to 22 guests to sleep in comfort, while the peaceful location at the end of a quiet lane means you won't be disturbed by passing traffic. Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth are both within easy reach, with nearby activities including hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, whitewater rafting and sightseeing.
If you dream of a holiday where you can sit back in a hot tub and enjoy far reaching views over stunning countryside, then Penblaith Barn could be for you. This fantastic barn conversion has been finished to the highest specification, and with room for up to 18 guests in eight en-suite bedrooms, there is plenty of space for you to gather your family and friends together for a truly memorable holiday. Monmouth and Ross-on-Wye are just a few miles away and have a good variety of shops, cafes and pubs; while Symonds Yat, the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Parks provide a wealth of choice for walkers and mountain bikers. There are dozens of nearby castles, from the romantic ruins of Chepstow to the gorgeous gothic-revival interior of Cardiff Castle. With wonderful Herefordshire and Monmouthshire towns and villages to happily occupy your days, and a games room, hot tub and vast gardens to entertain you at home, Penblaith Barn makes it possible for everyone in your group to Tourist board rating: 5 Star
Lowe Farmhouse has everything you need for a fun self-catering holiday in the countryside. The ten-bedroom holiday home can sleep 24 guests and has lots of space for everyone indoors and out including a huge games room. The peaceful location is only a ten-minute walk from Much Dewchurch and a 14th-Century pub, while Ross on Wye and Hereford are within easy reach. There are miles of footpaths along rivers, through woodland and across the countryside, as well as plenty of opportunity to cycle and sightsee.
The Wye Valley is a serene and beautiful setting. The River Wye stretches for 134 miles from mid-Wales to the Severn Estuary, and the area has some of the oldest forests in the UK. The Wain House at Trippenkennett Farm comfortable sleeps four people in two bedrooms, with a flexible configuration that makes it appropriate for couples, families or friends. The farm has two coarse fishing lakes, with more angling opportunities, as well as kayaking and canoeing, available on the river. Market towns such as Ross-on-Wye, Monmouth, Hay-on-Wye and Abergavenny are all nearby, and there are miles of footpaths, bridleways and cycle paths to enjoy. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Recently renovated to a high standard, Old Forge Cottage is in a quiet location close to the centre of Ross-on-Wye. There is space for up to eight people (plus infant) to sleep in four beautifully furnished bedrooms, with guests being only a short walk from the River Wye, historic Market House and the twice-weekly market, as well as shops, cafes and pubs. Accommodation is over three levels with the living areas feeling contemporary and open plan and quiet bedrooms that wrap you in comfort. Symonds Yat, the Forest of Dean, Hereford, Hay-on-Wye and Cheltenham are all within easy reach, as are the Black Mountains and Malvern Hills. Old Forge Cottage is an ideal self-catering choice for a holiday with families and friends of all ages.
Herefordshire is gorgeous with historic towns and buildings, fertile countryside and beautiful views. Yew Tree Barn is a stylish barn conversion with space for six to seven people, close to Hereford, the Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons National Park. Places like Symonds Yat and the Forest of Dean, Ludlow, Monmouth, Ross-on-Wye and Abergavenny are all within easy reach to give visitors a wide variety of things to see and do.
Escape to the serene Wye Valley AONB and 'Staybythewye' in this lovely holiday cottage designed with couples or individual travellers in mind. It is in the tiny Herefordshire hamlet of Hole-in-the-Wall, a short stroll from the river and only a few miles from Ross-on-Wye. Walking, cycling, fishing, and birdwatching are all readily available all year round, as are canoeing, kayaking and climbing. The Annex is attached to the owner's barn, sitting in a courtyard setting yet is completely private and self-contained. Hereford, Gloucester, Offa's Dyke, Tintern Abbey, and Goodrich Castle are all within easy reach. A double bed can sleep one or two children, so the cottage is also good for families.
Stay in this smart Grade-II listed Ross-on-Wye townhouse close to the River Wye and within walking distance of shops, bars and restaurants. Vardra House is spread over three levels: a bedroom at the top, a cosy living room in the middle, and a relaxed kitchen/diner on the ground floor. It's perfect for couples who want to enjoy all of the beautiful features this region offers. Walking, cycling and mountain biking, climbing, fishing, golf, and kayaking are widely available in the Wye Valley and nearby in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Forest of Dean and Black Mountains. Hereford, Gloucester, Abergavenny, Monmouth and Hay-on-Wye are all within a short drive, while Bristol and the Cotswolds are around an hour away.
Relax and unwind in this idyllic retreat which boasts an indoor hot tub and plenty of living space. Bronte Kingfisher cottage is in the village of Lea, within walking distance of the village shop and pub, and just a few miles from the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley AONB. There is plenty to do in every season including walking, cycling, horse riding, kayaking, fishing, golf... well, you get the picture! The period cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is perfect for couples, small families or individual travellers.
Orchard Lea is a comfortable four-bedroom house sleeping seven people close to the centre of a quiet village and within walking distance of the village shop and pub. The beautiful Forest of Dean and Wye Valley areas are both just a few miles away, while the Malvern Hills and Cotswolds are not much further. Guests have easy access to a wealth of beautiful footpaths and cycling routes to enjoy, as well as favourite local attractions such as Symonds Yat, Puzzlewood and Hereford Cathedral. Spend your days exploring, shopping and eating, and your evenings relaxing in the four-person hot tub or enjoying a raucous games night with family and friends.
Escape with the family to this charming period cottage in the heart of Lea village, where there is space for up to six people to sleep in three bedrooms. The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley are both close by, as is the charming market town of Ross-on-Wye. Walking, cycling, horse riding and canoeing are only a few of the many ways to enjoy being outdoors in this landscape, which is a favourite holiday location in every season.
Treat yourself to a relaxing stay in this charming Gloucestershire cottage. The Granary is a lovely stone holiday property on a smallholding where the owners have a flock of llamas and offer llama trekking, coarse fishing and delicious afternoon teas. It is only a few miles from Ross-on-Wye and within easy reach of the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley, Malvern Hills and the Cotswolds, as well as Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, and Gloucester. The Granary is ideal for couples or individuals who want a relaxing, comfortable place where they can unwind and indulge in long walks and bike rides, great food and gorgeous views.
Get Outside - Even the most exercise-phobic visitor will be swayed by the beauty of Ross-on-Wye and the surrounding countryside. From the ancient trees of the Forest of Dean, just two miles away, to fields and orchards, not to mention the impressive River Wye, there is a wealth of ways in which people can enjoy being outdoors. Walking and cycling are two of the easiest ways to explore. If your idea of a country walk involves no more than an hour outside before you find a cosy cafe or a welcoming country pub, then follow the footpaths like the John Kyrle route, which is under three miles long. Alternatively, for walkers who like to be outside from sunrise to sunset, the long-distance Wye Valley Walk passes through Ross-on-Wye, leading to Hereford in one direction and cross-country to Goodrich Castle in the other. There are also four golf courses within ten miles of town, for those who choose to limit their walks to 18 holes.
Cyclists are exceptionally well catered for with a network of cycling routes and bridleways, and close access to mountain bike trails in the Forest of Dean and the Brecon Beacons National Park. Bike hire is available through businesses such as the Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Bike Rental. The latter also offers guided rides to visitors who want the benefit of local knowledge to help them make the most of their experience.
The River Wye is renowned for the quality of its salmon and coarse fishing, and visitors can buy a day permit to fish in the town water for Barbell and Pike. Angling Dreams is a trove of information about what is biting as well as the place to buy permits and equipment. Canoeing is another fun way to enjoy the water. Ross-on-Wye Canoe Hire is happy to help with equipment hire and advice.
Stay Inside - It wouldn’t be the British countryside if it didn’t rain from time to time. Indoor activities in Ross-on-Wye and the surrounding area include the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, Goodrich Castle and Clearwell Caves. Spend a day in Hereford where there are museums, a stunning cathedral, shops, restaurants and a cinema. Learn a new skill at Harts Barn or Humble by Nature, or climb aboard the Dean Forest Railway and journey through a medieval forest. A little rain won’t dampen the pleasure of shopping at Ross’ twice-weekly market where Thursday is the day for fruit, veg, fresh fish and clothing, and Saturday’s stalls sell food and crafts. Ross-on-Wye has a fantastic array of places to eat, drink and shop, and a wet morning spent mooching around town is one well-spent.
St Mary’s Church has been at the heart of the community for over 700 years and is a lovely spot for peaceful contemplation. If the rain eases, then wander through the churchyard to The Prospect public gardens designed specifically to help visitors and locals enjoy far-reaching views over the Wye Valley and the Welsh mountains.
Day Trips - Ross-on-Wye is perfectly placed to explore. From town, it is easy to reach places like Chepstow, Tintern Abbey, Hay-on-Wye, Gloucester, Worcester and Cheltenham. Even places like Bristol, Cardiff and Stratford-upon-Avon are only an hour’s drive, so you can mix and match activities to keep everyone happy.
Ross-on-Wye is a welcoming place to visit, with locals proud to showcase the beauty and history of their town. The excellent array of places to eat, drink and stay in Ross-on-Wye have made it a firm favourite for centuries, and you will understand why when you see it yourself.