Accommodation in Herefordshire - Check into Cider Country

Accommodation in Herefordshire is obviously more limited than in the UK’s busy tourist honeypots. After all, few people have discovered the county - which is part of its charm. However, there are still plenty of great places to stay. As it's so rural, the accommodation in Herefordshire includes lots of farmhouses, where you can get bed and a hearty breakfast. This means you can stay in the heart of the English countryside.

If you’ve had a long journey to reach Herefordshire, then it’s worth staying a night in Hereford city before setting off on your tour the next day. That way you don’t have to try and drive to your accommodation late at night, through a maze of country lanes, when you’re tired and hungry.

Here are some suggestions for places to stay in Herefordshire.


Somerville House

Somerville House is a high quality bed and breakfast in a Victorian villa, just outside the city centre. The rooms are spacious and clean, all have en-suite facilities, and some look onto the well-kept garden. The owners are helpful and they’ll happily cater for people with special diets at breakfast. Somerville House is a good choice if you’re arriving by train, as it’s a 10 minute walk from the railway station, and it also has parking facilities (which is good, as the centre of Hereford is pedestrianised). However it is about a 20 minute walk into the city centre to visit Hereford Cathedral. Still, if you’re on a culinary tour, you might welcome the chance to walk off all those calories.


Moccas Court

For high quality (and unique) accommodation in Herefordshire, check into Moccas Court a gorgeous Georgian mansion on the banks of the River Wye. It’s set in its own tranquil grounds, in the heart of the countryside – about half way between the city of Hereford and Hay-on-Wye.

The owners are Ben and Mimi Chester-Master, and they really make an effort to look after their guests. Don’t expect a conventional luxury hotel – staying at Moccas Court is more like joining in a country house party. There are just 5 double bedrooms, all tastefully furnished. Guests assemble in the Library for pre-dinner drinks at about 7.30 – there’ll be a roaring real fire in the winter. Then guests dine together in the Round Room, an elegant Robert Adam creation.

Ben is the chef. “I only decide what I’m going to make on the day,” he tells us. “I buy the best I can find locally, then see what I can do with it. You can’t ask what will be on the menu when you book. I won’t know.” They’ll cater for special diets though, just tell them in advance so they can prepare. Meals are delicious and portions generous: we had roasted tomato soup, followed by organic lamb for the meat eaters and a delicious ‘vegetarian wellington’ for the veggies. Dessert was a delicate pear crumble. “I like to think it’s the sort of food granny would have made if she’d had time,” says Ben. Then it's coffee and chocolates back in the Library before bed. Amazingly, everyone still finds room for a hearty English breakfast the next morning.

More Places to Stay in Herefordshire

For more information on accommodation in Herefordshire, click here to see the Visit Herefordshire website.

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