Eardisland & Surrounding Areas
The cottage is situated in the heart of this beautiful Herefordshire village right beside the river, it’s just a short walk over the bridge to the village shop in the Dove Cote and easy walking distance to the White Swan pub (200yds) and two tea shops.
Eardisland is ideally placed being part of the Black & White Village Trail for exploring the other villages on the circuit such as Pembridge and Weobley. Also there are a variety of country houses, gardens and churches, such as Hampton Court Castle near Leominster, Croft Castle, Berrington Hall, Westonbury Mill Water Gardens and Hergest Croft Gardens near Kington to name but a few.
There are several market towns within easy reach by car, the nearest is Leominster (5 miles), which has a good selection of shops and supermarkets, as well as being well know for its Antique shops. Ludlow with is magnificent castle, award winning and Michelin star restaurants. Hay-on-Wye famous for its second hand bookshops and annual festival.
The city of Hereford is about 15 miles away, with its cathedral, which houses the Mappa Mundi and a unique mediaeval chained library. Plus a good new shopping area including Debenhams, Next and Waitrose, large selection of restaurants, pubs and bars, also many other individual shops and larger supermarkets.
If you are looking for things to do with children, there’s plenty of choice, if you wish to stay in the village you can walk to the well maintained children’s play area by the village hall, or if the weather is hot you can walk up Broom Lane (beside the Dove Cote) to the Old Ford where there is a pebble ‘beach’ area for picnics and paddling.
At Leominster there is a larger childrens play area by the Grange off the Etnam Street car park or if wet the Halo Leisure Centre has a soft play area for younger children Tel 01568 612540 for times of sessions and also the local swimming pool.
Other options include Queenswood Country Park just outside Leominster and close by is Hampton Court Gardens and Maze, if they like animals there is Shortwood Farm or the Small Breeds Centre.
Further afield but worth a visit is the Forest of Dean, Symonds Yat and the Wye Valley, you can find great scenery, great walks plus river boat cruises, or check out the Forest activities such as their high ropes course and bike trails there really is something for everyone here, adults and children alike, including the Dean Forest Steam railway.
Leominster Tourist Office www.leominstertourism.co.uk
Hampton Court Castle www.hamptoncourt.org.uk
Hergest Croft Gardens www.hergest.co.uk
Hay Festival www.hayfestival.com
Forest of Dean Railway www.deanforestrailway.co.uk