A holiday cottage in Abbey Dore is hard to beat if you want to explore the magnificent gardens and gently rolling countryside of Herefordshire. Nestled in the heart of the Golden Valley, 13 miles west of Hereford and a short drive from the Welsh border, this ancient community is best known for its Cistercian abbey. Whether you want to ramble through lush valleys and over forested hills, visit majestic stately homes or enjoy the area’s brilliant family attractions, self-catering holidays in Abbey Dore have plenty to offer.
The wonderfully unspoiled countryside surrounding Abbey Dore is criss-crossed by scenic footpaths, where you can walk for miles with only the sound of birds in the hedgerows for company. Enjoy a picnic on the banks of the River Dore while Wales’ Black Mountains tower in the distance. For an unforgettable holiday experience of this enchanting corner of Herefordshire, book a llama trek with Old King Street Farm, in the neighbouring village of Ewyas Harold.
Abbey Dore would probably be missed by most visitors if it wasn’t for Dore Abbey, a 12th century abbey, surrounded by eight acres of exquisite gardens. Have a coffee at the Stables Tearooms after exploring the sweeping borders, arbortorium and walled gardens. There are a number of other striking historic sites in the area, including Arthur’s Stone, a chamber tomb dating back to the Neolithic period, Ewyas Harold Castle and Bacton Church. At Whitney-on-Wye, Herefordshire’s last remaining toll bridge leads to Hay-on-Wye, a charming town, best known for its maze of narrow streets, packed with secondhand bookshops, and annual literary festival. Day trips to many of Wales’ and Herefordshire’s most spectacular locations can easily be made from Abbey Dore holiday cottages. An idyllic hour drive westward will bring you to the wild Brecon Beacons National Park. The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a half-hour drive eastward