Find My Favourite Holiday Cottages in Preston-on-Wye

Preston-on-Wye is a sleepy little Wye Valley village in Herefordshire, about 9 miles west of Hereford. It’s large enough to maintain a pub, The Yew Tree, one of those solid, no-nonsense pubs that knows how to keep fine ales and dish up excellent traditional pub food. If you’re lucky, your trip might combine with the visit of a local Morris Dance team, The Foxwhelp Morris. The 13th-Century Church of St Lawrence is worth exploring, and there are delightful riverside walks and places to hire canoes along the beautiful River Wye.

A red brick Herefordshire holiday cottage with a ground floor extension is surrounded by a low tone wall

Point Cottage is a gorgeous 18th-century stone-built cottage full of rustic charm. The pet-friendly, 2-bedroom village holiday cottage near Hereford features a wood burner, exposed wood beams, wall timbers and floors, plus lovely grounds with views.

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Preston-on-Wye holiday cottages are nicely located for exploring the Wye Valley and the many historic and family attractions in and around the City of Hereford. These include:

Preston-on-Wye Nature Reserve

Explore the beautiful Flits Nature Reserve in Preston-on-Wye, which offers scenic walks and opportunities for birdwatching. The reserve is home to diverse wildlife and features various habitats, including meadows, woodlands, and wetlands. When was the last time you saw a bogbean, a great hairy willow herb or spotted a pied flycatcher or a redstart?

Canoeing on the River Wye

The nearby River Wye provides an excellent opportunity for canoeing and kayaking. You can rent a canoe and enjoy a leisurely paddle down the river, taking in the picturesque landscapes and the tranquillity of the water.

Explore Hereford

Take a short trip to the city of Hereford. Hereford Cathedral is a must-visit attraction, known for its beautiful architecture and the Mappa Mundi, a medieval world map. The city also offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and cultural events.

Explore the Herefordshire countryside: Enjoy the rural charm of Herefordshire by exploring the surrounding countryside. Go for scenic walks or bike rides through the rolling hills, discover charming villages, and visit local farms and orchards.

Follow the Hereford Cider Circuit Trails

Herefordshire is known for its cider production, and you can explore three Hereford Cider Routes on foot or by bike, which takes you through picturesque hamlets, apple orchards and cider mills. You can learn about the cider-making process, sample local ciders, and even purchase some to take home. The 49-mile Southern Circuit named The Redstreak is closest to Preston-on-Wye.

Walk in the Black Mountains

Head east from Preston-on-Wye to explore the Black Mountains, part of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The area offers stunning landscapes, hiking trails, and opportunities for outdoor activities like mountain biking and rock climbing.

Get Bookish in Hay-on-Wye

Visit the charming town of Hay-on-Wye, known as the “Town of Books.” It’s famous for its numerous bookshops, secondhand bookstores, and the annual Hay Festival, a literary and arts event that attracts visitors from around the world.

Go Karting and Driving at The Herefordshire Raceway

Herefordshire’s premier karting circuit, this 600m outdoor track, is a family-fun day out for everyone aged eight years and older. Advance booking is essential. Open 10 am until dark or 8-m- whichever comes first from Wednesday to Sunday, plus Tuesdays during school holidays.

The Broomy Hill Miniature Railway

Hereford's little railway: Discover a fascinating collection of ride-on miniature steam engines that appeal to children and adults alike. Engines are in steam on the 2nd and last Sunday in the month from 2 pm-4.30 pm.

Explore Two intriguing museums:

Based in a Victorian pumping station, it tells the story of drinking water throughout the ages. It has a fascinating collection of old pumping engines, many the last working examples of their type. And there are plenty of hands-on exhibits for children to work on. Open every Tuesday from 11 am-4 pm.

Herefordshire is one of England’s premier cider counties. The museum, based in an old cider-making factory, will tell you everything you need to know about the history of the golden nectar. Visit its cider-making festival in October, which includes demonstrations on blacksmithing, coopering and beekeeping. Open Monday-Friday, 11 am-3 pm.