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Yearwood House – Herefordshire

Bearwood House is a half-timbered property in an idyllic rural holiday setting. The house is adjacent to but entirely separate from Bearwood Cottage. If the house and cottage are booked together there is ample space in the dining room for 15 guests.

Endless entertainment is provided. The house is set in grounds of more than an acre with an arboretum, sunken garden and loggia and there is a luxury outdoor hot tub for six people. The games room contains a pool table, air hockey table, tennis table and darts board. Six bicycles plus a tandem, croquet, badminton, boules and many other garden games are provided. There is an Xbox, Bose SoundLink and a good selection of board games. Tennis is available at the owner’s house nearby.

For a larger party, Bearwood House and Bearwood Cottage can be combined, please click here for details.

This holiday cottage at a glance

  • Sleeps ten guests.
  • A half-timbered property in an idyllic setting.
  • Five bedrooms (including one on the ground floor).
  • Three bathrooms (including shower room on the ground floor).
  • Open fireplace.
  • AGA.
  • Luxury hot tub for six people.
  • Games room.
  • The house is adjacent to but entirely separate from Bearwood Cottage.
  • Use of the owner’s tennis court one mile away.
  • Use of 6 bicycles and a tandem (shared with the Cottage).
  • Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome (small additional charge per dog).
  • Dinner delivery service and babysitting service are available if required.
  • WiFi.
  • A minimum of a three night stay.
  • On-site parking.

Surrounding local area

Attractions and nearby amenities

  • The 15th century New Inn, village shop, delicatessen and farm shop are one mile away in the picturesque "black and white" village of Pembridge.
  • The excellent Cider Barn restaurant is within walking distance, the renowned Stagg Inn is a short drive and the gastronomic Elizabethan town towns of Ludlow 25 minutes.
  • There are numerous festivals throughout the year including the world famous literary Hay Festival, Ludlow Food Festival, Leominster Festival and Presteigne Music Festival.
  • Play golf at Kington, England’s highest golf course with stunning views over mid Wales
  • Wander around the beautiful Berrington Hall, a fine house created by Henry Holland.
  • Explore Hampton Court gardens and maze or Croft Castle, home of the Croft family for nearly 1000 years with many stories to uncover.
  • There are a host of other lovely homes and gardens to visit such as Hergest Gardens, Bryan’s ground, Ludlow Castle and Hereford Cathedral.
  • To try something new why not visit Monkland Cheese Dairy, a working dairy farm where you can learn and discover the methods of cheese production with an experience day.
  • Visit Dunkerton’s Cider Mill, makers of traditional organic Cider and Perry or the market town of Leominster with it’s many antique shops.

Places to visit and things to do in the area include
Hampton Court Gardens (01568 797777) for both adults and children. There is a maze, underground passage and grotto. Lunch in the Orangery is inexpensive and good. Not open all year round so check first. This is a really great place.
Hergest Croft gardens (01544 230160) owned by a past secretary of the RHS. The Rhododendrons in Park Wood in May are spectacular. They also stage several open air productions during the summer.
Westonbury Water Mill (01544 388650). Very close by as the crow flies though unfortunately you will have to go by road to get there. Water gardens featured previously on TV.
Croft Castle (01568 780462) interesting buildings and gardens. Fabulous walks in the woods and up on the common.
Bryans Ground (01544 260001) Lovely interesting garden in Presteigne with wonderful Yew hedging. Only open at certain times or by appointment.
Eastnor Castle, Ledbury (01531 633160) medieval-type castle with lots to do!
Berrington Hall (01568 615721). Impressive National Trust property.
Black and White Village tour - takes you through all the gorgeous villages in this part of Herefordshire.
Judges Lodge, Presteigne - interesting place in lovely historic market town.
Stokesay Castle, Shropshire SY7 9AH - finest 13th century fortified manor house in England.

Children's Activities
Hampton Court Gardens (01568 797777) for both adults and children. There is a maze, underground passage and grotto. Lunch in the Orangery is inexpensive and good. Not open all year round so check first. This is a really great place.
Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre, Kington, HR5 3HF (01544 231109) Interesting collection of animals you can close to and lots of owls!
Bushcraft, raft building and bridge building The Great Escape Fantastically organised and great fun. One day or two days (including camping out. Also will do private parties.
Quad Biking and paint balling, rope climbing and more, Oaker leisure, Yarpole(015475 30711)
Llangorse multiactivity Centre - indoor and outdoor climbing, zip wires, riding and other activities.
Go-karting, Herefordshire raceway (01544 318334). Theses are truly fast! Only suitable for older children.
Wye valley Canoe Centre, Glasbury-on-Wye (01497 847213). Beautiful views of the Black Mountains and lots of picnic spots en route.
Eastnor Castle, Ledbury (01531 633160) medieval-type castle with lots to do! And there's a clay pottery workshop (01531 633886).
Ten Pin Bowling and Golf Driving range, The Grove, Leominster (01568 610602).
Swimming pools in Leominster (0845 2412540) and Ludlow (01584 874620) - Ludlowis further away but more fun for children with flumes.
Horse Riding, (07817624805). Alison Robbins, Churchill house, Kimbolton.
Bush craft Adventures (01544 318478) bushcraft and woodland management courses.
Taste for Adventure, The Hafod, Credenhill, Hereford HR4 7DA (01432 761398) - run by ex SAS soldier Brummie Stokes. Fantastically organised centre with activities on and off site. It boasts Europe's premier high ropes course, super jumper trampoline, archery, assault course to name but a few.
Court Farm and Leisure, Tillington, Hereford HR4 8LG (01432 760271) - mountain boarding. All equipment and tuition provided.
Brecon Mountain Railway (01568 722988). If you are mad on steam trains it is worth the drive through the stunning Welsh scenery.
Art courses with Mr Splosh (01568 617433)

Outdoor Activities
Flying lessons at Shobdon airfield http://www.aeroclub.co.uk/ (01568 708369)www.tigerhelicopters.co.uk (01568 70802). Aeroplane or helicopter lessons just 5 minutes drive away.
White Water Rafting Black mountain activities (01497 847897). White water rafting and other pursuits.
Indoor tennis at Bridge Street Sports centre, Bridge Street Sports Centre Leominster (01568 611172).
Horse Riding, Alison Robbins, Kimbolton (07817 624805) small stables with good instructor.
Golf Kington golf course (01544 230340) - England's highest golf course. A great course, unique and challenging in many ways. The views after the first few holes are spectacular. Mind the sheep on the fairways!
Go-Karting Herefordshire recaway (01544 318334). These are truly fast!
Quad biking paint balling, rope climbing and more, Oaker leisure, Yarpole (015475 30711).
Canoeing Wye valley Canoe Centre, Glasbury-on-Wye (01497 847213). Beautiful views of the Black Mountains and lots of picnic spots en route.
Gym, pool, sunbeds and sauna, The Burton Hotel, Kington (01544 230323) New good well equipped leisure centre. Currently £15 a day membership.
Horse Trecking Horse trecking, Glasbury-on-Wye (01497 847351)
Mountain Boarding, Court Farm and Leisure Tillington (01432 760261) or Out To Grass,Woodend Farm, Cardley, Malvern, Herefordshire WR13 5JW (01886 880099). Great teaching, for adults and children.
Climbing, zip wires and more Taste for adventure centre, Crendenhill (01432 761398), Outdoor pursuits in abundance for adults and children run by well known ex-SAS soldier.
Balloon Flights Espiritu Balloon Flights, Shropshire (01743 790100)
Clay pigeon shooting Clay Pigeon shooting, Griffin-Lloyd shooting ground, Knighton (01547 550300)
Walking Hergest Ridge - great views of Mid Wales. If you are organised you could leave a car on the other side at Gladestry and walk over the ridge (3-4 miles) down the other side (it's quite steep) and have lunch at the pub. Also part of the Offa's Dyke Path (01547 528753)
Rally Driving Rally (01547 550300). For off-road rally training.

Theatre/Cinema
Ludlow Assembly Rooms 1 Mill Street, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1AZ (01584 878141). Not your high tech cinema but a very relaxing place to watch a film, see a play, band or comedian. They have a varied schedule and also run children's art, drama and dance classes.
The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR (0870 1122330). They have a range of plays, films, comedians, bands and concerts. There is a coffee bar and also a restaurant.
Malvern Theatre, Malvern, Worcestershire (01684 892277). A Fantastic theatre with great plays - including pre runners for the Westend at a fraction of the normal ticket cost. It isn't just next door and probably takes 1 hour to get to.
Odeon Cinemas, Old Market Shopping Centre. New multi-screen cinema within shopping centre with local and usual chain restaurants next door. Hereford (08712244007)
Assembly Rooms, Presteigne (01544267163). The place to go for a seriously alternative/arty film during the winter months.

Catering Services - There is no shortage of really good caterers who will deliver to your door or cook for you at the house and cottage.

Sophie Griffiths-Goddard 01544 388161 / info@the-cider-barn.co.uk. Chef and Patron of the restaurant at Dunkertons cider mill just 1 mile away. Sophie left medical school to cook and worked under Michelin starred chef Sean Hill at The Walnut Tree. Organic local ingredients. She is talented and enthusiastic.
Yoko's 07800 944445 email: Authentic Thai cuisine cooked in your home. Totally delicious and authentic Thai food, dropped off or cooked in your house.
A2ZEST 01432 356547 - Very good caterers with fabulous and informative website. Will do either specialised dinner party or simpler food to give you a rest from the kitchen. They use local ingredients and suppliers.
Jane Lloyd 01584 875240 - Very good caterer will do drop offs or fully serviced dinner parties with advanced notice.
Sally's Pantry, Kington 01544 239000 / 07769873549 Delicatessen with ready made simple food.
Organic Revolution 01544 231688 Fresh organic fruit and vegetables (including eggs) delivered to your door.
The Rolling Roaster 01568 720302 or 07801 131363 You can hire a spit roast machine and buy a free range pig or lamb or have someone do it all for you!

Wine Merchants
Andrew Darwin Wines 01544 230534 - An Enigmatic and knowledgeable local wine merchant with boundless energy who is very happy to deliver.

Local Pubs and Restaurants

The New Inn, Pembridge (01544 388427). Just a fantastic pub - as pubs should be. It's 1.5 miles walk exactly. Good honest non-fussy food (and not a microwave in sight), as far from Nouvelle cuisine as you could get! If you are a large group then if you give Jane (The Landlady) some advance notice they'll cook a whole joint of beef for you and it's worth it.
De Olde Steppes, Pembridge www.yeoldsteppes.co.uk (01544 388500) - FANTASTIC, award wining tearoom and village shop. A must.
The Kings House Restaurant, Pembridge www.kingshouseinn.co.uk (01544 388029).
Peppercorns Restaurant, Leominster (01568 610735) - Cosy and delicious high quality food.
Mortimers, Ludlow (01584 872325).
Pizza 10, Ludlow, www.pizzaten.co.uk (01584 879450). Delicious but worth checking opening times.
The Angel, Kingsland (01568 709195). Nice pub. Food pretty good and steak nights on Wednesday for £5 a bargain.
The Harp Inn, Old Radnor (01544 350655). Great location and charming. On a hill with views of mid Wales. New owners who have really improved the food.
The Tram Inn, Eardisley (01544 327251). Recently and tastefully refurbished. Good restaurant-type food and a boule court.
The Royal Oak, Gladestry (01544 370669). Old fashioned and charming pub over the border into Wales. Best to leave a car there and then walk to it for lunch over Hergest Ridge - gorgeous views.
The Salutation Inn, Weobley (01544 318443). Nice pub in idyllic Herefordshire village.
The Bulls Head, Craswall (01981 510616). This is a 45 minute drive but worth it if combining it with a trip to Hay-on-Wye or The Black Mountains. Very good food and the decor in the bar is wonderfully untouched for many decades. Phone first to check it is open and to book if eating.
The Stagg Inn, Titley (01544 230221) - 15 minutes drive at most. Restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. Much written about in the national press.
The Cider Barn @ Dunkerton's Cider Mill, (01544 388161) This is a stunning converted half-timbered cider mill barn only 1 mile away. Great locally sourced food and organic cider made on-site (though there is also a wine list and other drinks if you are not that way inclined!). New Chef and Patron Sophie Griffiths-Goddard left medical school to cook and previously worked under Michelin starred chef Sean Hill at The Walnut Tree. Open lunchtimes Thurs - Sunday and evenings Monday, Wednesday - Saturday. We'd really recommend going her. Sophie will also drop off food at the house on request.
The Lion, Leintwardine (01547 540203). Great new pub and restaurant. Food is excellent and a lovely place to sit by the River Teme on a summer's evening.
The Riverside Inn, Aymestry (01568 708440) - attractive riverside pub with good food - try and dine in the pub rather than the restaurant as ambience better. Near Wheely Wonderful Cycling if you wanted to combine activity with lunch.
Jules' Restaurant, Weobley (01544 318206). A more old fashioned restaurant and the chef and owner is very charismatic (Herefordshire's answer to Basil Faulty). Never disappointing.
The Hat Shop, Presteigne (01544 260017). Good ambience and inexpensive. Go for drink at The Radnorshire Arms first.
The Jolly Frog, Lentwardine (01547 540298). For a land locked county this gastropub does great seafish - the dressed crab is just amazing.
The Clive Restaurant, Brimfield (01584 856665). Buzzy modern restaurant next to the new Ludlow organic food Centre. It is worth visiting both.
Shack Revolution, Hereford www.theshackrevolution.co.uk 01432 509404, very cook 'Shack' serving cocktails and pizza. Set up by local farmers using local produce.
Beefy Boys, Hereford www.thebeefyboys.com 01432 359207, very popular delicious burgers, beer and cocktails. Set up by local farmers using local produce.
A Rule of Tum Burger Shop www.aruleoftum.com 01432 351764. Delicious burgers and local ales - all ingredients locally sourced.

Curries/Takeaways
Hyberbad, Kington (01544 231999). Friendly local Indian Takeaway. Very reasonably priced.
The Bangalore Lounge, 27A West Street, Leominster (01568 620178). Definitely the pick of the bunch. The food here is just great. The restaurant is up an unattractive stairway above the Halifax but don't be put off. You must book and ask not to sit upstairs as it's much nicer downstairs.
Shagbagh, Leominster (01568 614500). Usual Indian Takeaway - will deliver for very little cost.
The New Golden Dragon, 21 Broad Street, Leominster (01568 613203). Usual Chinese takeaway.

Local Towns
Ludlow - a beautiful Elizabethan and Georgian Town with 11th century castlenumerous antique shops and a 1* Michelin Restaurant. Dinham House is certainly worth a visit (01584 878100). Many events are organised in the town so it is worth ringing the tourist office (01584 875053).
Presteigne - pretty Georgian Town. Judge's Lodgings (01544 260650)are very interesting. Once a very important town and now has many things going on particularly on the art front including an annual music and art festival. The Sidney Nolan Trust is just outside the town (01544 267362).
Hay on Wye (01497 820144) - famous for it's literary festival and bookshops. Lots of interesting shops. Go for a walk on Hay Bluff followed by a goat's milk ice cream at Shepherds.
Leominster (01568 616460) - the centre is lovely. There are some really good antique shops, it's gradually getting more well known but there are still some bargains - most of the best shops are on Broad Street.
Hereford (01432 268430) - nice in the centre. There's the Norman cathedral, the mappa mundi and chained library. Go to All saints Cafe, Good food at the left bank and The Castle Pool Hotel. Average shopping.
Kington (01544 230778) - Start for the Offa's Dyke Trial. A small town with 2 butchers, excellent greengrocer (who also sells fish and game) and delicatessen.

Local Villages
Pembridge - Black and White village with very old market place. Chapel Gallery worth a look. The New Inn is a great pub. Walk down to the river - children can swim there in the summer.
Eardisland - voted prettiest village in Herefordshire in 1999
Weobley - English village of the year 2000. Jules' restaurant is fun - a charismatic owner and chef. Salutation Arms also good.
Eardisley - another pretty black and white village. The tram Inn is attractive does good food and there's a boule court.
Clun - a 45 minute drive but through stunning countryside to a wonderful place on the Welsh borders.
Shobdon - not much to see other than Shobdon Church, it's famous and unusual - worth a look.

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