Things to do

Things to do in Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire whilst staying at Long Cover Cottage, The Coach House or Ebony Cottage.

Local points of interest from Eleanor Van-Straaten

The beautiful cottages are set in glorious gardens surrounded by wonderful countryside and provide a special soul space for restoration, relaxation and revival.

Walks

The cottage sits beside our ancient unspoilt wood full of wildlife and wild flowers, a wonderful place for walking or quietly bird watching. Or enjoy the network of paths from the cottage.

Architecture and history

Visit the medieval ruins of;

Ludlow Castle or Stokesay Castle, a beautiful 13th Century manor house and moat. Hereford with the wonderful Cathedral and chained library. Witley Court, a 17th Century ruined Italianate mansion.

We sit on the borders of three of the most beautiful counties in England. Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire. renowned for the black and white villages trial. Malvern Hills boast the most spectacular views in the country. Herefordshire is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Things of interest

Horse racing enthusiasts will enjoy Ludlow, Hereford and Worcester racecourses.

The fine Georgian town of Ludlow, with markets nearly every day.

Hay on Wye famous for its bookshops and world renowned Hay festival.

Leominster for browsing through the many antique shops.

Severn Valley Steam railway. The 16 mile heritage line runs along the Severn Valley from Bridgenorth to Kidderminster crossing the Shropshire, Worcestershire border following the River Severn.

Ironbridge Gorge Museums birth place of the industrial revolution.

West Midlands Safari & Leisure Park

Pubs
Restaurants
Outdoor Activities
Houses / Castles / Gardens
Children's Activities
Theatre / Cinema
Transport / Travel
Pubs

Pembroke House, Tenbury.

The restaurant food is of a considerably higher standard than usual pub fare, benefiting from a gifted chef that lives for and takes great pride in his work. (01584 706 473)

The Talbot Inn, Newnham Bridge.

(01584 781 941)

The New Inn, Pembridge.

Just a fantastic pub – as pubs should be. 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. (01544 388427)

The Tram Inn, Eardisley.

Recently and tastefully refurbished. Good restaurant-type food and a boule court. (01544 327251)

The Royal Oak, Gladestry.

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. (01544 370669)

The Live and Let Live, Bringsty Common

Super pub dating back to the 17th Century with plenty of timber framing, nogging and flagstones(01886 821 462).

The Bulls Head, Craswall.

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. (01981 510616)

The Harp Inn, Old Radnor.

Great location and charming. On a hill with views of mid Wales. New owners who have really improved the food. (01544 350655)

The Salutation Inn, Weobley.

Nice pub in idyllic Herefordshire village. (01544 318443)

The Angel, Kingsland.

Nice pub. Food pretty good and steak nights on wednesday for £5 a bargain. (01568 709195)

Restaurants

Pensons at the Netherwood Estate

Outstanding restaurant on our doorstep.
(01885 423139)

The Stagg Inn, Titley.

Michelin 1* restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. Much written about in the national press. (01544 230221)

The Cook’s Kitchen

This is a stunning converted half-timbered cider mill in a beautiful location 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!) Open 10.00 – 16.00 daily (closed tuesdays). Dinner Friday and Saturday evenings only. We’d really recommend going here. (01544 388161)

Mr Underhill’s

Fantastic 1* Michelin Restaurant in Ludlow – you have to book well in advance for dinner. Great setting for a summer’s lunch. It is currently up for sale so there may be some changes. Please call first. (01584 874431)

The Jolly Frog, Lentwardine.

For a land locked county this gastropub does great seafish – the dressed crab is just amazing. (01547 540298)

The Clive Restaurant, Brimfield.

Buzzy modern restaurant next to the new Ludlow organic food Centre. It is worth visiting both. (01584 856665)

Green Cow Kitchens

It is all about the food.
(01886 821992)

The Riverside Inn, Aymestry.

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. (01568 708440)

Jules’ Restaurant, Weobley.

A more old fashioned restaurant and the chef and owner is very charismatic (Herefordshire’s answer to Basil Faulty). Never disappointing. (01544 318206)

The Hat Shop, Presteigne.

Good ambience and inexpensive. Go for drink at The Radnorshire Arms first. (01544 260017)

La Becasse, Ludlow.

Newly awarded a Michelin* Reports are it is excellent but we haven’t been there ourselves. (01584 872325)

The Garden, Stoneleigh, Kingsland.

Coffee / Tea room which also serves lunches. Run by Sam from Scrummy bites in his own house – an excellent and really enthusiastic caterer. (01568 709142)

Outdoor Activities
  1. 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.
  2. White Water Rafting Black mountain activities (01497 847897). White water rafting and other pursuits
  3. Indoor tennis at Bridge Street Sports centreBridge Street Sports CentreLeominster (01568 611172)
  4. Horse Riding, Alison Robbins, Kimbolton (07817 624805) small stables with good instructor
  5. 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!
  6. Go-Karting Herefordshire recaway (01544 318334). These are truly fast!
  7. Quad biking paint balling, rope climbing and more, Oakerwood Leisure, Kingsland (01568 780111)
  8. Canoeing Wye valley Canoe Centre, Glasbury-on-Wye (01497 847213). Beautiful views of the Black Mountains and lots of picnic spots en route
  9. Gym, pool, sunbeds and saunaThe Burton Hotel, Kington (01544 230323) New good well equipped leisure centre. Currently £15 a day membership
  10. Horse Trecking Horse trecking, Glasbury-on-Wye (01497 847351)
  11. Mountain BoardingCourt 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
  12. 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
  13. Balloon Flights Espiritu Balloon Flights, Shropshire (01743 790100)
  14. Clay pigeon shooting Clay Pigeon shooting, Griffin-Lloyd shooting ground, Knighton (01547 550300)

  15. 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)
  16. Rally Driving Rally (01547 550300). For off-road rally training
Houses / Castles / Gardens
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Croft Castle (01568 780462) interesting buildings and gardens. Fabulous walks in the woods and up on the common
  5. Bryans Ground (01544 260001) Lovely interesting garden in Presteigne with wonderful Yew hedging. Only open at certain times or by appointment
  6. Eastnor Castle, Ledbury (01531 633160) medieval-type castle with lots to do!
  7. Berrington Hall (01568 615721). Impressive National Trust property
  8. Black and White Village tour – takes you through all the gorgeous villages in this part of Herefordshire
  9. Judges Lodge, Presteigne – interesting place in lovely historic market town
  10. Stokesay Castle, Shropshire SY7 9AH – finest 13th century fortified manor house in England
Children's Activities
  1. 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.
  2. Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre, Kington, HR5 3HF (01544 231109) Interesting collection of animals you can close to and lots of owls!
  3. 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.  
  4. Quad Biking and paint balling, rope climbing and more, Oaker leisure, Yarpole (015475 30711)
  5. Llangorse multiactivity Centre – indoor and outdoor climbing, zip wires, riding and other activities
  6. Go-karting, Herefordshire raceway (01544 318334). Theses are truly fast! Only suitable for older children
  7. Wye valley Canoe Centre, Glasbury-on-Wye (01497 847213). Beautiful views of the Black Mountains and lots of picnic spots en route
  8. Eastnor Castle, Ledbury (01531 633160) medieval-type castle with lots to do! And there’s a clay pottery workshop   (01531 633886)
  9. Ten Pin Bowling and Golf Driving range, The Grove, Leominster (01568 610602)
  10. Swimming pools in Tenbury Wells (01584 810 448), Leominster (0845 2412540) and Ludlow (01584 874620) –Ludlow is further away but more fun for children with flumes
  11. Horse Riding, (07817624805).  Alison Robbins, Churchill house,  Kimbolton
  12. Bush craft Adventures (01544 318478) bushcraft and woodland management courses
  13. 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.
  14. Court Farm and Leisure, Tillington, Hereford HR4 8LG (01432 760271) – mountain boarding. All equipment and tuition provided.
  15. Brecon Mountain Railway (01568 722988). If you are mad on steam trains it is worth the drive through the stunning Welsh scenery.
  16. Art courses with Mr Splosh (01568 617433)
Theatre / Cinema

Regal Tenbury Trust – 01584 811 442

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, Commercial Road, Hereford (08712244007)

Assembly Rooms, Presteigne (01544267163). The place to go for a seriously alternative/arty film during the winter months.

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