The picture-perfect Black and White villages are gorgeous to tour, be it on on foot, by bike or by car. Take your time and stay en route...even better, for the full half-timbered experience, sleep under the beams in a black and white cottage, B&B or country pub.
Weobley is one of the largest and best-preserved black and white villages, with a choice of several beautiful half-timbered places to stay.
Large groups will love The Throne, a medieval beauty with secret passages, original floorboards and glimpses of wattle and daub. It dates from 1420 and was expanded during the reign of Elizabeth I. There are even royal connections as Charles I spent a night here in 1645 during the Civil War. The chequerboard beamed ceiling of the drawing room is especially lovely.
Other fabulous options in the village centre include The Gables Guest House which offers four-poster beds, locally made from oak, a period dining room and pretty garden, and Mellington House. Guests can stay here on a Bed & Breakfast or self-catering basis in a choice of apartments - The Cottage is a Grade II listed black and white cottage sleeping four, whilst The Old Stable is a cosy getaway for two, tucked away in the oldest part of the property. Up to four guests can also escape to The Queens Truss which looks onto the village green and retains many original features.
Alternatively stay at the beamed village pub, Ye Olde Salutation Inn, known to locals as the Sal, which has three comfortable rooms, the largest of which has its own sitting room.
Pembridge is another Black and White jewel, with a fascinating church as well as half-timbered tea rooms and pub. There's also a super pebbled river beach, perfect for paddling and picnics. Cobblers Cottage is a charming place to stay, offering exposed beams, an original - and therefore wonky! - staircase and plenty of character. Sleeps four.
Alternatively stay in a self-catering cottage at Luntley Court Farm. Choose from four sixteenth century converted buildings on a working farm. The Hop Kiln (sleeps 6) was once a hop drying barn and exudes great character. The other three cottages are not so obviously half-timbered from the outside, but there's no shortage of beams to enjoy once you walk through the door.
The 300-year-old Orchard View is a couple of miles outside the village. Sleep five in the original timber-framed part of the house with its rustic stone flagged floor. A wood-fired hot tub outside may not be of the period, but it is a welcome addition after a long walk!
The pretty village of Eardisland offers a couple of black and white accommodation options. Bridgend Cottage is a 16th century riverside delight, with four double rooms. Packed with original features, including latch doors.
A warm welcome also awaits at The Cross Inn, a country pub, moments from the River Arrow. Family-run, The Cross prides itself on serving local produce, from the seasonal menu to the beers on tap.
Larger groups can get a taste for black and white living in The Manor House, a grand eleven bedroom holiday home sleeping up to 30. With four poster beds, cosy fires, a games room and a plenty of space for relaxing, both indoors and in the garden.
Arboyne House is a listed building which was once the village shop and bakery. At the back, you can see the visible timber-framing, whilst the double/twin Panel Room has oak panelling and a character door, available on a B&B basis.
Nearby, Brook Cottage is a picture-perfect hideaway for two next to a pretty brook. It's not black and white on the exterior, but inside you'll discover beams, a woodburner and winding stairs.
In the area
Herefordshire offers many black and white places to stay, including this selection which lie only a short drive away from the black and white villages:
Ten-minutes drive from Weobley you'll find The Riverside at Aymestrey, an outstanding gastropub on the banks of the River lugg.
Stay in one of two character cottages at Litmarsh Farm Cottages. Converted from a former cider barn and in a lovely rural setting, they are only 30-minutes drive from the villages.