Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire, the leading destination marketing organisation for the rural county of Herefordshire, have curated a list of cosy retreats dotted across the area to inspire those looking to plan a UK staycation this winter.
Herefordshire is the perfect place for a winter escape, with miles of beautiful countryside to explore and plenty of cosy pubs to warm up in afterwards. From eco-friendly holiday homes to beautifully converted barns; roaring open fires to hot tubs and saunas; why wait until summer for a holiday when you can enjoy a wonderful winter staycation.
Mistletoe Cottage, conveniently located within the Hereford, Hay-on-Wye and Leominster triangle, is a welcoming, eco-friendly holiday cottage. As well as two comfortable king-size bedrooms, the dog-friendly cottage features a ground floor shower room and utility, perfect for cleaning off muddy paws and wellies after a bracing winter walk. The nearby Shepherd’s Hut can sleep an additional two guests. Stock up on delicious local groceries and produce at Oakchurch Farm Shop, fondly referred to by locals as the ‘Harrods of Herefordshire’, just a short drive from the cottage.
White House at Brinsop is a 15th century, grade II listed farmhouse with lovingly restored holiday cottages. A family-owned estate, they are proud to utilise 100% renewable energy and have electric vehicle charging on-site. Surrounded by large grounds, featuring a medieval fishpond, the cottages are ideally located for exploring the nearby Black and White village trail.
Little Gaerfields, despite the name, is a large, 17th century, beautifully converted barn near Ross-on-Wye. Sleeping up to 25 people, there is plenty of space to relax and enjoy the comfortable surroundings, which includes a heated indoor swimming pool and sauna.
Little Canwood House, located in the village of Woolhope, is a gorgeous, rural retreat. Sympathetically restored, this award-winning holiday cottage features a beautiful open-plan kitchen with aga, a generous living room with wood burning stove and four well-appointed bedrooms. The nearby Crown Inn at Woolhope is the perfect place to warm up with a delicious Sunday roast or wood-fired pizza after exploring the quiet country lanes and bridle paths. The pub also has its own new holiday let, which sleeps 17 and has its own chefs kitchen if you fancy a gourmet break.
Heidi Chamberlain-Jones, founder of Eat Sleep Live Herefordshire, commented: “Herefordshire has it all, from relaxing rural boltholes to award-winning modern retreats. Its central location makes bringing friends and family together from around the country much easier. Whether you’re looking for outdoor exhilaration in glorious countryside, or exceptional places to eat and drink, Herefordshire enables you to disconnect from the stresses of life and reconnect with the things you love.” For more cosy winter retreat and staycation ideas, see https://www.eatsleepliveherefordshire.co.uk/