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Green Tourism

We are very pleased to have been awarded Silver in the Green Tourism Business Award Scheme. This involved being assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas, like energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more.

We try to promote car-free breaks; please contact us for details on both walking and cycling in Herefordshire. As Vincent Crump said in the Sunday Times in October 2006, “The shires are thick with the aroma of fermenting apples. What better way to explore than on a scrumptious cider cycle?” We have information on the 20 mile Ledbury Cider Cycle Route!

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Care for the Environment - The use of local and sustainable materials

  • Locally-sourced logs provided free for the woodburners
  • Tree-planting to provide sustainable timber.


  • Guests are encouraged to recycle.
  • We are developing a central point for recycling and rubbish.
  • We make our own compost for use in the garden and encourage guests to do the same using the compost bins for each cottage.

Energy Saving

  • Guests are encouraged to use the woodburners instead of just the central heating.
  • The cottages have been recently renovated and are very well-insulated.
  • We provide walking and cycling maps

Flora and Fauna

  • Hundreds of native trees have been planted to encourage wildlife and provide a more attractive environment, including the rare black poplar.
  • Trees and shrubs planted to encourage insect and other wildlife and birds.
  • Information sheets on insects, bats and birds are left in the cottages to help guests identify them.
  • Bat accommodation.
  • Bird feeders are provided outside each cottage so that guests are able to see birds such as woodpeckers which live in the garden.

Using Local Produce

  • We won the 2007 Flavours of Herefordshire Awards Self-Catering category for providing local produce in our welcome baskets. Examples of produce are home-made bread, local butter, milk, jams (also with locally grown fruit), fruit, biscuits, crisps, eggs and chocolates.
  • Our frozen meals are cooked by a local chef who sources local ingredients.

Fair Trade

  • Provision of fair trade tea, coffee and sugar

Promoting Local Events

  • We do our best to promote local businesses and events such as the Ledbury Poetry Festival and Three Choirs Festivals.

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Beer probably reached this country in the C15th, and although Kent is more famous for hop-growing than this area, the hopyards of Herefordshire have also been in cultivation for hundreds of years. The female flowers or cones, are used in the brewing of beer to give it its distinctive bitter taste. The Woodhouse used [...]

Herefordshire Cherries

This year’s cherries have been absolutely wonderful. They only have a short season of perhaps a month, but they are worth waiting for, and during those few short weeks, one can stuff oneself to one’s heart’s content. Herefordshire is well-known for its fruit; apples and pears, blackcurrants, strawberries and raspberries, but my favourites must be [...]

Beer on the Wye VII

Hereford’s Beer and Cider Festival will take place this year on July 8th-10th. On show will be over 140 real beers from all corners of the UK, over 40 from around the world and 99 ciders and perries. This is really impressive as every one of the 99 are made by Herefordshire producers. Held on [...]

The Butchers Arms at Eldersfield

Only accommodating twelve people to dine, The Butchers Arms is nevertheless a fantastic place to eat and you will need to book to make sure of your place. (Lunches are bookings only and it’s advisable to book for dinner.)  There are two rooms, both simply furnished. It is informal, and serving a selection of Real [...]

Croft Castle

The castle, or rather, castellated manor house,  has been a home for nearly 1000 years, with connections going back to 1066 but with Georgian  interiors. There are interesting stories to learn about the Croft family, for example, how they sold the castle in the C18th and then bought it back again in the early C20th. Now looked after by the National [...]

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