Surrounded by hills, woods and gorges, a few miles from the Welsh border, Whitchurch holiday cottages are perfect for peaceful self-catering holidays in Herefordshire. This charming town of Whitchurch lies in the east of the county, around 30 miles west of Stoke-on-Trent. The undeveloped countryside around the town is a rural paradise for walking, cycling, canoeing and birdwatching. In the heart of Whitchurch, you’ll find a variety of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. The town is easily explored by foot, with lovely parks and a number of striking historic buildings, including St Dubricius Church. For breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, try the Potting Shed, a stylish café which is popular among passing walkers and cyclists, and has a reputation for serving delicious food, prepared with fresh, seasonal produce. For an evening pint, try The Crown, an atmospheric 15th century pub with roaring fires and a selection of local ales.
Self-catering holidays in Whitchurch are hard to beat if you want to make the most of Herefordshire’s spectacular countryside, scattered with magnificent stately homes and gardens. Just a mile eastward, on the banks of the River Wye, Symonds Yat is a picturesque village where canoeing along the river rapids is an exhilarating experience. Symonds Yat Rock overlooks an incredible gorge which is popular among climbers and a good spot for watching peregrine falcons and ospreys. A stone’s throw from your Whitchurch holiday cottage, the Doward Hills are famous for their dramatic footpaths, which meander through thick undergrowth to remote prehistoric caves, limestone quarries and limekilns. High in the Lords Woods, overlooking the Seven Sisters Rock, Arthur’s Cave is one of England’s only surviving limestone caves, believed to date back to 80,000BC. A short drive south on the A40 from Whitchurch will bring you to Monmouth, an ancient market town with an iconic 13th century gatehouse bridge and a remarkable calendar of cultural events.