Many years ago, The Cider House was used for storage of grain and home-produced cider barrels (from which its name derives), and preceding that, it housed the farmstead’s cows. More recently, the owners of this model Flemish Bond brick-building have seen it transformed into a calm, comfortable and relaxing retreat in the hills. Well-kept and equipped with all necessary mod-cons, the property is an enviable holiday accommodation, ideal for those who seek solace from the madding crowd and the pressures of the everyday grind.The property is situated in 9 acres of meadowland, with a meandering brook and smallholding within the grounds of the owner’s working farm, Highbridge Farm, surrounded by rolling Herefordshire countryside yet with easy access to the pretty market town of Ledbury. History emanates from every corner of the farm; earthworks are still visible along the edge of the spinney which dates back to 1066, and the land around the present location of Highbridge Farm has been worked since the Norman times. Buildings of the farm have been present since c1540, and although it has now silted up and planted with young trees, the small stream was once dammed to form a header pool, most likely used to feed the nearby River Leadon. Also visible are medieval ridge and furrow earthworks, a ploughing system used in the Middle Ages (which have been mapped from aerial photos as part of the Malvern Hills National Mapping Programme). Sure enough, the property is great for those who have a thirst for history.Walkers can enjoy walks from the doorstep and beyond to the Malvern Hills; you might want to bring a camera, sketch pad and pencil, as the area is also popular with photographers, artists and cyclists alike. There are many historical places of interest to visit including castles, National Trust houses and gardens. Ledbury itself offers a selection of boutique shops, galleries, restaurants and local attractions. The picturesque Forest of Dean is well worth a visit for a picnic, or absorb the stunning scenery of the Wye Valley. Further afield but within easy driving, is the cathedral city of Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Gloucester and Cheltenham. Shop 1¼ miles, pub 1 mile and restaurant 1½ miles.
- Separate WCs2
- Min. Stay1 - 7 nights
House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)
- Calendar last updated:
- 16 Oct 2018
We stayed at the Cider House for Christmas this year. It is a beautiful cottage with everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay (we even managed to cook our turkey with all the trimmings on Christmas Day!). Carole and Ian are very helpful, nothing was too much trouble and we loved the welcome pack including fresh bread, milk and cider and mince pies. We appreciated the Christmas decorations and fairy lights which we were sensitively asked if we would like before we went. The cottage is plenty warm enough, the heaters are all able to be individually adjusted and are very effective, lovely to come back to after a walk.
The cottage is set in countryside near to Ledbury where we found local butchers and greengrocers selling fresh produce, and quirky shops with all kinds of interesting things.
A warm cosy Christmas break!!