Our guide to luxury Herefordshire holidays

From its cathedral cloisters boasting cartographical credentials to its proud cider-producing heritage and chocolate-box towns made up of bakers and makers, this is the Unique guide to luxury Herefordshire holidays.

Bordering Wales but firmly nestled in England's green heart, Herefordshire is a county of continuity; where the undulating Malverns meet the Black Mountains’ limestone grasslands, and the River Wye ripples through moorland, mountain peaks, and meadows regardless. It's a place that heralds history buffs; think medieval craftsmanship in Hereford (where the cathedral plays host to the world-famous Mappa Mundi and Chained Library), half-timbered Tudor buildings lining the black and white villages of Leominster and Weobley, and the Neolithic chambered tomb that is Arthur’s Stone.

At the centre of it all, fertile farmlands yield a bounty of orchards (over 15,000 acres, in fact) that bring clouds of apple blossom in spring, and a harvest of cider apples in autumn that yields scrumpy by the barrel. The unique guide to luxury Herefordshire holidays covers the bases for a visit – from last-minute breaks to those coveted long-term lets when only escaping the city sounds and letting littles run wild with abandon among the rolling hills will do. Here’s the things to see, do, and dine on in this agrestal county, plus the most coveted self-catering properties to call home while you’re here.