If you want to unwind in an ancient community where a slower, rural way of life remains, a holiday cottage in Eardisland is a great choice. Recently voted ‘the prettiest village in England’, Eardisland lies on the banks of the River Arrow, amid the gently rolling countryside of north Herefordshire. It’s known as one of the region’s Black and White Villages, thanks to the colours of its half-timber cottages, many of which stand on their original Medieval crofts, overlooking the water. Surrounded by hills, farmland and cider apple orchards, it’s an idyllic base for a self-catering holiday exploring Herefordshire. With its history of cattle-breeding and wool-production, the village centre is an interesting place for a wander, with tearooms, pubs, a community shop and a scattering of historic landmarks, including a 17th century dovecote, which is run by volunteers. There’s a graceful church with a 13th century nave and a pair of exquisite tomb recesses, and the motte of what was once Eardisland Castle. Just outside the village, the manor house and grounds at Burton Court are not to be missed.
Eardisland holiday cottages are a leisurely stroll from an old pub, the White Swan, where locally brewed ales can be enjoyed in a lovely beer garden. A 10-minute drive eastward, the bustling town of Leominster has a number of excellent restaurants, many of which serve delicious food, prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients from the surrounding countryside. Self-catering holidays in Eardisland offer easy access to the glorious scenery of north Herefordshire, where scenic footpaths meander through wildflower meadows, along tranquil riverbanks and over gentle hills. This unspoiled area is a paradise for walking, wildlife-watching and horse-riding. Some of the county’s prettiest villages and towns are also just a short drive from the village, including Ludlow, Overton and Pembridge.