A break away is such a luxury during these times and so we were bound to enjoy this little holiday anyway – but in fact it was extra special. The reason being, that having had two other cottages cancelled previously due to the pandemic, we were finally able to spend some quality time with our extended family. Although we didn’t do presents or a roast dinner, it was our Christmas in Spring! We were a merry party of five adults, six boys and a dog! Surprisingly, there were still a few UK-based accommodation options available for larger parties during the May half term week and, as Herefordshire may not be an obvious choice (distinct lack of beach and penny arcades) we found Little Cowarne Court to be free. The owner of the site, Sarah, was very friendly and accommodating, and she was pleased to reduce the price for us on the basis that I was going to let people know all about where to stay in Herefordshire. However, just to let you know, although the stay was part-gifted, all the opinions are my own and I give a full and frank account of my experience.
Where to stay in Herefordshire you ask? Well, I would absolutely recommend Little Cowarne Court. There are 8 bedrooms that can sleep up to 17 guests and there are also two other cottages on site that, if rented together, could sleep up to 27 guests. In addition, the games room is to be found in the adjacent barn, which houses both pool and table tennis tables. It had a nostalgic feel about it and was cosy and a bit exciting for the tweens – perhaps only in need of a jukebox!
On opening the gate, my first impression was of the bees buzzing around the Buddleia and the beautiful country garden that surrounded the cottage. My eyes were immediately drawn to the love-seat style bench and the photogenic swing. The authentic and old-fashioned features also gave the cottage its charm such as the dark oak beams and the original iron water pump. I was very keen to see the inside.
I entered through the kitchen door and walked into the large farmhouse style kitchen. It was bright, airy and functional (and very well equipped) and was clearly suitable for several people. There was a fabulous walk-in pantry and an extra-large fridge – which yes, we managed to fill! The boys had felt comfortable immediately, spreading their games and colouring books out on the long table.
The lounge was connected to the kitchen by a step up and another door led out of the kitchen to the downstairs bathroom which was very handy. In the lounge were several comfy sofa’s, a smart TV and a docking station. The cottage also had WIFI.
Overall, the cottage had a very spacious feel to it, more than adequate for two large families and the beds and bedding were extremely comfortable indeed. The showers were powerful, and each room was thoughtfully appointed. We approved of the number of bathrooms as it was always possible to find a free one! We felt that the cottage was well laid out and was family and dog friendly.
The location we found to be ideal. Little Cowarne is central to Ledbury and the Malverns to the South-East, Hereford to the South-West and Leominster to the North-East. It was within half an hour of most of the attractions that we had in mind to visit and there were lots of nice walks and a nearby pub. We did bring all our food with us however, so it was not important to us to have a local supermarket. The drive was amazingly easy from Birmingham and only took us around 1 hour 25 minutes.
There are many attractions in the nearby vicinity for both couples and families, so we were spoilt for choice. On my Instagram page, I have set out an itinerary for a four day stay so please do review this to help you plan your break.
National Trust – Lower Brockhampton @nt_brockhampton
Queenswood Country Park @queenswoodcountrypark and Bodenham Lake
Newbridge Farm Park @newbridgefarmpark
The Feathers pub in Ledbury @feathersledbury
Hampton Court Castle @hamptoncourtcastle.
National Trust – Berrington Hall @ntberrington or the Weir Garden @theweirgarden_nt
Pub – The Three Horseshoes in Little Cowarne @_thethreehorseshoespub
Little Cowarne Church
Activity Centres – Muddy Puddles @muddy_puddles_leominster or Oaker Wood Leisure @oakerwood
Shopping in Ledbury
Castles – Eastnor Castle @eastnor_castle or Croft Castle @ntcroftcastle
Tours of Westons Cider Mill @westonscider or Chase Distillery @chase_distillery
Shopping in Hereford and visiting the town centre @visit_herefordshire and the Cathedral @hfdcathedral
Gardens – Ralph Court Gardens @ralphcourtgardens and Westonbury Mill Water Gardens @westonburymillwatergardens.
I loved the fact I was doing a Herefordshire holiday right. I had zero phone signal, there was a dog along for the ride and I was eating beef and drinking cider! As we were blessed with beautiful weather, we did not need our welly boots, however if you do happen to visit in the rain (highly likely) then I believe that a bit of mud would fit right in with this holiday! No airs and graces, nothing too fancy.
Expect rural, comfortable, practical and wholesome. This site is a good base from which to enjoy and explore the delights of Herefordshire with a few perks thrown in (a games room)! We cooked hearty meals for ourselves, we appreciated the country air, had lovely long walks, lazy mornings and had no complaints.
The value for money is good and both families were happy with the original price quoted. Between several people it would be great value for a family holiday or a large group of friends / students or work colleagues.
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