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Our top five places to visit for the perfect family getaway in Herefordshire

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In an increasingly fast-paced world, we often forget about the art of slowing down. Slowing down, believe it or not, is a skill which helps us maintain our well-being and nurture our mental and emotional health. We appreciate that it is near impossible to cultivate it in bustling cities. Embracing moments of stillness and reflection have become more precious than ever, teaching us to not only savour the present, but also establish a deeper connection with ourselves and the world around us. In the United Kingdom, thankfully, there are getaways aplenty for families seeking respite and a sanctuary to unwind.

What is more, for your next short break, you don’t even have to stray too far away from home to give your children the gift of slowing down. Herefordshire, a largely rural country (with 95% classified as such!), ranks as the third least densely populated county in England and is within easy reach of vibrant cities such as Birmingham and Bristol. And yet, in the county of Herefordshire it will feel as if it is just you and nature. In this guide we will tell you all about the best places to visit and best family-friendly places to stay, with an added dose of wild luxury, uniquely indigenous to the idyllic ruralscape of Herefordshire.

1) The Herefordshire Trail: a colourful journey through the best of England!
This unique cycle trail presents you with the rare opportunity to really take in the enchanting landscapes of Herefordshire and the Malvern hills. This scenic route links together Herefordshire’s five picturesque market towns, with many chances to pass through lush woods, lively rivers, and colourful orchards. To top it all off, there will be many occasions where you will have the chance to take in the stunning views and pause to immerse yourself in the serenity of your surroundings. And now, you can breathe.

2) The Weir Garden: A riverside oasis for the whole family.
If you have been keeping up with our countryside adventures, then you know that we love a good garden, and we must admit that the Weir Garden has officially stolen our hearts. This (dog-friendly!) national trust masterpiece sits within the warm embrace of the river Wye, surrounded by some of the finest countryside England has to offer. In the walled garden (recently brought back to its former glory), events are sometimes held where you can craft wreaths with the senior gardener in the glasshouse . If you are lucky enough, you might even catch sight of the elusive but adorable otters by the riverbank!

3) Glamping at Hollings Hill Farm: natural luxury and plush comforts intertwined.
Perfectly situated on the border of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the unique set up of Hollings Hill Farm will present you with the best of nature, without having to say goodbye to any of life’s pleasures. Feathery beds, candle-lit rooms, hot showers, fully equipped kitchens, your cosy cottage under canvas truly has it all. Away from noise, air, and light pollution, here you will be able to see a sea of twinkling stars, smell the fresh air, and listen to the healing melodies of nature. For some added opulence, why not book a hideaway with a hot tub for a relaxing soak under the starlit sky. Here, life starts anew.

4) Eastnor Castle: Only a short drive from Hollings Hill Farm and an arm’s stretch from the charming town of Ledbury, there is the captivating Eastnor Castle, a cultural hub and a treat for history buffs who love impressive state rooms. Every year, the Ledbury Poetry Festival is also held at the castle, featuring writers and poets from around the world. The kiddos can moreover take advantage of pottery classes at Eastnor Pottery and cultivate their creative potential. Finally, make sure to stroll around the breath-taking grounds which include a deer park and fantastic arboretum.

5) Herefordshirecanoeing its way to your heart. By this point, you will have uncovered Herefordshire either on foot, by bike, or car. But have you thought of exploring it by canoe? Canoeing is a popular activity in this neck of the woods, and we can see why. Ideal for the whole family, seeing Herefordshire from the water will help you uncover a different side to this heavenly landscape. Navigating the calm waters of the Rye River is not just easy on the eyes – it can also be the perfect introduction for the little ones to the wonders of nature.

So will you be taking a trip to Herefordshire this year for some relaxation, adventure and quality family time?