Planning to get away with a gang of friends or reunite with family this autumn? Herefordshire has many beautiful big houses, perfectly kitted out for group holidays. Even better, our self-catering properties offer a huge range of activities and experiences which can be enjoyed on site. All you have to do is choose where to stay, from converted barns and rural mansions to a converted railway station.
Here’s a taste of what Herefordshire’s big houses have to offer, plus availability (mostly midweek) at the time of writing:
Cocktails, crafts & life drawing
Trevase Granary and Penblaith Barn are stunning converted properties in south Herefordshire, each sleeping 18. They both have stacks of outdoor space - enjoy a kick about on the lawn before testing out the wood-fired pizza oven. If the weather takes a turn, then it’s time for a tournament, be it table tennis, table football or pool. The in-house bar is kitted out with all the requisite accessories for hand-crafted tipples and you can hone your skills with a cocktails and games experience. There’s a whole host of other group activities available at the barns, from clay modelling and life drawing to ceramic painting. In the area, find artisan cider and wine producers, charming country churches and the medieval delight, Goodrich Castle.
Trevase Granary: 22 to 26 Nov, 6 to 10 Dec, 13 to 17 Dec
Penblaith Barn: 29 Nov to 3 Dec, 6 to 10 Dec, 13 to 17 Dec
Group games & adrenaline adventures
An action-packed break is definitely on the cards at Much Dewchurch Cottages, which has its very own activity centre on site. Sleeping up to 24, Lowe Farm is ideal for large get togethers, whilst the smaller Lowe Farm Cottage makes a superb base for 8. There’s 230 acres of fields, woodlands and lakes to explore on foot as well as many memorable outdoor activities. Grab the gang for a game of laser tag, paintball or splatmaster (the low impact alternative to paintball). Or try your hand at air gun and archery. Based on a working arable farm, both properties are dog-friendly properties and are located close to the beautiful Wye Valley, as well as Hereford city with its independent shops, Museum of Cider and iconic Cathedral.
Lowe Farm: midweeks in Nov & Dec
Lowe Farm Cottage: midweeks in Nov & Dec
Birds of prey, archery & off-road driving
Get together in style on the Eastnor Castle estate. Up to 18 guests can stay at the dog-friendly Hillend House, a glorious Queen Anne style country house with uninterrupted countryside views. Catch up by the fire, hang out in the games room or head out for beautiful walks (followed by a soak in the hot tub). Book a group activity in the garden, from a birds of prey experience with owls and hawks to archery lessons and clay pigeon shooting. Nearby, the Land Rover Experience offers thrilling off-road driving, featuring steep inclines, deep water and open ground.
Current availability: 22 to 26 Nov, 29 Nov to 3 Dec, 6 to 10 Dec, 13 to 17 Dec
Flights of cider, cosy nights in & pub games
Enter a secret door at The Crown Inn to discover a contemporary country residence sleeping 14. Hang out in the huge kitchen-diner, soak up views of the Woolhope Dome and have fun in the large private garden with its covered games room featuring quoits, darts and table football. Each bedroom is named after a variety of cider apple which hints at the owners' special interest. The award-winning pub stocks 26 ciders and perries, including their own home-milled King's cider. Guests can enjoy a cider tasting flight with dinner before retreating the short distance to bed. The pretty village of Woolhope is a great base for exploring the county on foot or enjoy a trip to nearby Ledbury or Hereford.
Stargazing, cider strolls & tawny owls
Smaller groups of up to 6 can stay in the beautifully converted Station Building and Parcel office at Rowden Mill Station in Bromyard. In the evening, head out on to the original train platform - it’s the perfect spot for star-gazing. Over the autumn months, guests can also enjoy a glimpse of the resident tawny owls flying around the trees. Favourite things to do nearby include horse riding at Noakes Farm, walking along a section of the Herefordshire Trail to the award-winning Little Pomona Cidery for a cider tasting, or visiting the fabulous Ralph Court Gardens.
Current availability: 22 to 26 Nov, 28 Nov to 3 Dec, 5 to 17 Dec, 20 to 27 Dec, 30 Dec to 3 Jan.
Heritage walks, speedy thrills and skateboarding
Up to 13 guests can stay in the magnificent surroundings of The Throne, a beautiful half-timbered house in one of the county's finest black and white villages. Dating from 1420, it's packed with period features, including original Tudor bedrooms with secret passageways - the best game of hide and seek beckons! Follow the Heritage Trail around the village or take the circular walking route to the pretty motte and bailey. Thrill seekers should make tracks to Herefordshire Raceway for the ultimate kart racing experience or try the new skatepark. Foodies will enjoy the great local pub 'The Sal', the French restaurant Jules, as well as the vibrant village cafe, butcher and deli.
Current availability: midweeks in Nov & Dec, also weekend 10 -13 Dec