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Self-catering holiday rentals in Herefordshire for your home stay

If you are looking for a pleasant short break in England but don't fancy the predictable options of Cornwall, a city break or the Lake and Peak Districts, maybe Herefordshire could fit the bill. This is a large county on the Welsh border where there is plentiful farmland, areas of outstanding natural beauty and still enough things to do to occupy your leisure time. Although Hereford is the county town (and the only city in Herefordshire), perhaps the most famous destination is Ross-on-Wye which is known for outstanding second hand book shops and just across the border is the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival which attracts bibliophiles from across the English speaking world. The National Trust property at Berrington Hall will delight the green fingered visitor with an array of flora and fauna, perhaps even more interesting (for anyone who has watched Downton Abbey) are the servants quarters which are open to the public and where you can witness how life really was for the household staff in the Victorian and Georgian eras. There are also a number of museums and galleries where a day trip will be time well spent, including Dore Abbey and Hampton Court (not to be confused with Hampton Court Palace in London).For those who appreciate the green and pleasant land of Jerusalem, you will find the embodiment of this in Herefordshire with mile upon mile of open land where you can ramble or cycle to your heart's content. Better yet, you will never be too far from a traditional local pub, all of which will happily welcome visitors with a pint of ale and a home-cooked lunch or dinner. Many of the provincial people in Herefordshire work the land, so, if you respect the ways of the countryside they will welcome visitors. Especially if you have dogs: in Herefordshire, working animals are very much the norms so don’t be surprised to see obedient sheepdogs in village pubs.

Holiday Letting in Herefordshire for your short break

Some of the very freshest produce can be purchased directly from farm shops. When you wake up in your self-catered holiday cottage, what could be more authentic than a breakfast of fried eggs and local bacon, served with a glass of milk? If you are lucky, you will have a local farm house within a short walk of your front door giving the ideal opportunity for a bracing morning stroll with the family dogs. Although a simple pleasure, this can be immensely satisfying for both body and soul. From a converted barn in Herefordshire you can enjoy the best things in life with a tranquil outlook and the ideal atmosphere to rewind and relax during your Summer holiday. Take your pick from a range of vacation lettings in Herefordshire to suit your needs. There are small bungalows for senior visitors with limited mobility, elegant farmhouses for the family group or romantic cottages if you are travelling to celebrate an anniversary. All rental properties are self-catering and have kitchen and laundry facilities as well as the essentials of modern living. If you will be holidaying with the children, there are local attractions aimed at the little ones. You can't often get away with telling your kids to 'get lost' but at the Museum of Mazes that is exactly the point. Or, for the very young, a day out to Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo will surely bring a smile to their little faces.

Best time to enjoy Herefordshire

Since the land here is largely agrarian, it is little wonder that Herefordshire comes to life around the harvest festival. Although much of the religious significance of this yearly celebration has been lost, it remains a badge of honour for the local farmers to display their bounty after ploughing. A number of the smaller villages hold fairs on Saturdays at the end of summer, so check the local press when you arrive for details. Typical entertainments at these local fairs are bouncy castles, jam or baking competitions and donkey derbies: it is not cutting edge but the people of Herefordshire don't much care for glitz and glamour. Here the simple things in life are the most important: family, friendship and community.

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