THE LOCAL AREA
Herefordshire is renowned for its thriving and picturesque market towns. We recommend trips to Ledbury, Ludlow and Ross-on-Wye, which are a far cry from the busy cities we are used to.
Ludlow has over 500 listed buildings (plus a castle!), which certainly catch the eye, whilst Ledbury is full of vibrant independent shops with an outstanding 1600s black and white market hall at its heart.
We also recommend a visit to Ludlow Food Centre, where you can taste all the foody delights that have been lovingly produced on our doorstep.
Each cottage is fully equipped for your culinary and dining needs. However, if you fancy heading out for dinner, we have a few local recommendations.
The Live & Let Live (Bringsty Common) and The Plough Inn (Stoke Lacy) offer good quality pub good. The Plough is less than two miles from Mintridge and can be walked via country lanes. For something a little more special, we recommend The Verzons Hotel or The Feathers Hotel in Ledbury.
For the foodies amongst us, Green Cow Kitchens (Whitbourne) offers a fantastic tasting menu. Produce is seasonal & local.
Activities & Family Fun
There are a wealth of activities to keep your family entertained in and around Herefordshire.
For the historians amongst us, we recommend heading to the cathedrals of Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester. Or perhaps Eastnor and Goodrich Castle will take your fancy. Not to mention Hampton Court Castle or English Heritage's Witley Court.
If outdoor pursuits are more your thing, Noakes Farm offer fantastic horse rides through the countryside, and Bromyard's Kingfisher Trout Lake is a idyllic setting for an afternoon's fly fishing. Paintballing, go karting and golf are all within 30 minutes drive.
There are a number of well attended festivals in Bromyard. Bromyard Speed Festival takes place in April, Nozstock Performing Arts Festival takes place in July and The Bromyard Folk Festival takes place in September. A little further afield, The Hay Festival of Literature and The Arts takes place in May and The Royal Three Counties Show takes place in June.
For your shopping needs, Ledbury offers many independent and boutique shops. On the way to Ledbury, The Hop Pocket Shopping Village is the perfect place to pick up handcrafted goods for your loved ones.
If you're looking to take your children somewhere a little different, why not have a ride on the Severn Valley Railway, take a Morgan Motor Company tour or visit Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire. All attractions are under an hours' drive from Mintridge.
Herefordshire and the surrounding counties have countless picturesque walks on offer.
The Malvern Hills (AONB) are an absolute must. A brisk walk to the top offers a panorama of the Severn Valley with the hills of Herefordshire and the Welsh Mountains, parts of thirteen counties, the Bristol Channel and the cathedrals of Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester.
The Bromyard Downs and Bringsty Common are also on our doorstep. Bringsty incorporates the National Trust's fantastic Brockhampton Estate.
Remember: we are pet friendly, so feel free to bring your four legged friends. At Mintridge, we farm around 130 acres, so there are plenty of farm walks to keep you busy.
When we think of Herefordshire, we think of rolling hills, vibrant orchards and active farmland. From this comes fantastic local produce.
There is an array of country pubs nearby, all proudly serving Herefordshire beef. Half of England's hops are grown in the county, so you'll also find plenty of local ales to keep you happy.
We highly recommend visits to Wye Valley Brewery, Weston's Cider and Chase Vodka Distillery, all of which are within 30 minutes drive of Mintridge.
Legges, Bromyard's family butcher and deli, is the place to go to pick up something tasty for lunch or dinner - the majority of meat being from a six-mile radius of the town!