Hidden away in the Herefordshire countryside with stunning views towards the black mountains, Hereford is every inch the quaint countryside town you would imagine. The cathedral city has plenty of history, architecture and pockets of local shops from cafes and delicatessens to independent gift shops and jewellers to discover.
But for those who of you who are seeking a weekend of adventure, I’ve put together the perfect guide on where to stay and what to get up to.
The stunning Dewsall Court is located in leafy Callow, Hereford – a beautiful grade II listed property open to exclusive use events, parties and the perfect setting to tie the knot.
Dewsall Court has 10 elegantly and individually designed bedrooms, each with their own feature bathroom, an in-house chef, a game-safe filled with local and seasonal treats and even a secret party den.
Whether it is a weekend away with a group of friends or an intimate family wedding, the country house is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and allows guests to explore what the beautiful Herefordshire countryside has to offer.
If you’re heading to Hereford, I’ve rounded up the top activities not to miss out on during your stay:
The local family owned single-estate distillery, Chase is located just four miles out of Hereford and is the perfect day trip excursion for small or large groups of adults. An exclusive tour of the distillery takes guests through the potato fields and cider apple orchards and into the mashing, fermenting and distilling process. You will see the finishing touches being made by hand before being whisked through to the unique Chase Bar to taste a range of their award-winning products such as Lemon Marmalade Vodka and Sloe and Mulberry Gin.
Hay Festival of Literature and Arts
Although the Hay Festival has already been and gone for 2017, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to purchase tickets for this unique and hugely popular event for 2018. The festival brings readers and writers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events around the world. The festival is seen as an inspirational and entertaining event which invites participants to imagine the world as it is and as it might be. Nobel prize-winners and novelists, scientists and politicians take to the stage to talk with audiences about arts and sciences. The Hay festival is a unique annual event and makes for a great weekend for curious minds.
Activities within the grounds of Dewsall Court
Whilst staying at Dewsall Court why not take advantage of activities that can be enjoyed at your door stop within the grounds of the estate. Event managers are on hand to make your trip as unique as possible with endless activities that can be organised. Foodie lovers can choose from wild foraged food and cocktail workshops, pasta and chocolate making tutorials or jam, pickling and chutney making. For those who have come to detox, Dewsall will organise massage and beauty therapies, Gong Sound Therapy or group yoga and Tai Chi classes. For those who enjoy an adventure, thrill seeking activities such as SAS survival, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, wild swimming and kayaking can all be arranged.
Discover the black and white trail around Hereford
If a day full of adrenaline fuelled activity isn’t for you, then why not take the day exploring the black and white timbered houses around the smaller villages of Hereford, some dating back to medieval times. The tour is a 40 mile motor/cycle route around the quaint picturesque villages and beautiful landscapes of the countryside with plenty of pubs and cafes to stop and enjoy a bite to eat in.
Wordsmithery by Emily | We Are Perception