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How to have a Covid-Safe Holiday

We, along with many of our accommodation colleagues, take our responsibilities incredibly seriously to make sure your stay with us is Covid-Safe, by having undergone specific hygiene training and gaining the official accreditations.

Look out for these kite marques for assurance


But it’s brilliant if you can support the system too.

Cleaning time between change-overs

One of the biggest considerations is leaving enough time between the change-over of guests to ensure deep cleans can be conducted. We deep clean between visitors and that takes much longer than usual.

With that in mind, sometimes this means that we cannot oblige you with a later departure time than agreed.

If you think you might need to leave later than stated, please inform us in advance at the time of booking to check possibilities, we’ll try to help if we can but do need the notice under these current circumstances.

Besides, you’d hate to think your own cleaning might be compromised just because someone before you didn’t leave on time… don’t be those people.


Everything is professionally laundered and we do provide towels. If you prefer to bring your own bedding and towels we completely understand, just let us know ahead of time so that we can prepare accordingly for you.

For added safety we recommend that you don’t share towels and if you’re using the Hot Tub you will need to bring extra towels please.

We hire the Hot Tub in, so you can be assured it is drained and cleaned between guests.

When you’ve been out and about

Enjoy the freedom of being in our beautiful area, but don’t forget some general practices that you would adopt at home still apply;

Keep a 2 metre distance between you and people not in your holiday bubble. Make sure you have facemasks handy at all times for when you might unexpectedly need to go into an enclosed space – a visitor centre, shop, etc etc.

Wash your hands frequently when out and about and take some hand sanitiser out with you. You’ll be touching door handles, hand rails, gate locks, all sorts of surfaces that other people might have too. Wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you re-enter the house and maybe keep some sanitiser in the hallway.

Choose activities that naturally help to keep you socially distanced like canoeing, walking, and venues that have a good space for you to be regregated and are also showing the quality marques.

In other words be sensible, mindful and practical and your holiday will be the relxing and safe experince you need it to be.


We know it’s hard to cater for everyone on a family holiday. From grandparents to toddlers, adrenalin-seeking teens to physically challenged oldies, and for sure diversity in interests too.

One thing is for sure – a trip to the Wye Valley will have something for everyone.  It’s certainly a time to ditch prolonged tablet and smartphone use, reconnect with eachother and enjoy what is a round you. Here are our recommendations for a great time during your stay with us:

  1. Plan ahead – ask everyone what kind of things they might want to do and do some pre-arrival research. For loads of information on the area and what’s on event wise, there are two great websites www.eatsleepliveherefordshire.co.uk  and www.wyedeantourism.co.uk
  2. For a week’s stay, have a day planned for everyone and forewarn them that they need to take part in everyone else’s days, within reason of course – not everyone’s grandparents are up to rocketing the rapids of the River Wye in a kayak or climbing Symonds Yat rock to catch a peak of the Peregrine Falcons, but there might be a way for them to drive the scenic route to ‘base camp’ and have the picnic ready. Something you can all enjoy, and he will come to you, is an experience with Luke Mammat and his birds of prey from Wye Valley Falconry.
  3. Enjoy the local cuisine – Herefordshire is famous, in fact word-famous, for is mouthwatering Hereford Cattle and the beef that comes from it and finding local restaurants and pubs that service a great steak is not difficult. Find places to eat near us here. The county is also incredibly agricultural and has a strong ‘field-to-fork’ ethos, so you’ll find deliciousness around every corner and farm shop.

If you’re planning a picnic, make it one filled with artisan produce, not just your supermarket pre-packed staples. You need slow proved handmade bread, flavoursome fillings, fresh saladings and fruit, handmade pies from the butchers and certainly get some ‘full English’ supplies from breakfast while you’re in there. Take a trip up the road into Ross-on-Wye and have a potter around the shops including lovely foodie destinations like Field Fayre , Truffles Deli and Pengethley Farm Shop just outside the town.

  • Plan for rainy days – you know our British summers are pretty unpredictable. Bring some movies that you can all enjoy, some games that you can all play. You can even do something craft-related together. How often do you get the time for this at home? Or look for something you can do that’s indoors or undercover – a cookery class at Harts Barn Cookery School, a pottery session at Wobage workshops or a little further away near lovely Ledbury (the drive is stunning) at Eastnor Pottery. Even a bit of retail therapy at Labels shopping village in Ross-on-Wye.
  • Above all, make sure you carve out some relaxation time. Holidays are about resting as well as playing. Our holiday house is big enough to find a space for yourself and we can do things like hire in a hot-tub ready for you.

Contact us for any inspiration and ideas to make your stay with us work for your whole family, we’re happy to help.

Golf Courses

Besides being 30 mins away from Celtic Manor Resort the venue for Ryder Cup 2010, Portland House is within a 10-minute car drive of a selection of excellent golf courses.

The Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club
The Hendre, Monmouth
01600 715353

Monmouth Golf Club
Leasbrook Ln, Monmouth
01600 712212

Ross-On-Wye Golf Club
Gorsley, Ross-on-Wye
01989 720267 

Circular walks in Herefordshire

These walks are clearly waymarked and take in local heritage features such as rivers, hills and sites of historic interest. You can download the leaflets for each walk which details features such as gradients, stiles and surface types. Most of these walks are served by public transport, for more information visit our bus service page.

Walks range in distance from 2 to 10 miles.

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The Wye Valley Walk

A perfect mix of hill and river walking.

The Wye Valley Walk is a 136-mile walk of startling contrasts from ravine gorge cloaked in woodland, through meadow and orchard, to rugged and remote uplands. Follow the Wye through the battle-scarred Anglo-Welsh borders to where it pours in rocky cascades from its mountain source.

Visit www.wyevalleywalk.org

Places to eat

Take away Fish & Chips or Pizza

Woods of Whitchurch
01600 891021

Take away Curry

The Crown at Whitchurch
Old Ross Rd, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6DB
01600 890010

Pub Grub

Saracens Head Inn
Symonds Yat East
01600 890435

Ye Old Ferrie Inn
Symonds Yat West
01600 890 232


The Potting Shed
01600 892830

Fine Dining

The Whitebrook
Whitebrook, near Monmouth
01600 860 254

Stonemill Restaurant
01600 716273
Rockfield, Monmouth, Monmouthshire

Experiences in The Forest of Dean

Gorge Walking, Climbing, Canoeing and Team Challenge.
While you are staying at the Portland House why not try doing one of our outdoor adventures. All our activities are really exciting, great fun and especially good for team bonding. We can take you abseiling, climbing, canoeing, and gorge walking, or if you fancy something different you can go on a survival training and bushcraft session. If all this seems too much like hard work then we could run one of our Team Challenges. This takes place right where you are staying, it’s loads of fun and everybody can join in.

Tel 01989 566672
Mob 07854 819142

Stand-up Paddle Boarding (SUP) with Inspire2Adventure (Monmouth)
Easy to learn, fun to do, Inspire2Adventure offers stand-up paddle board experiences! Suitable for all abilities, you can explore the River Wye on a single paddle board or/and try our mega-SUP, that can accommodate up to eight people – cue endless fun and games for families, groups, hens and stags trying to paddle together! The perfect way to see the River Wye Stand-up paddle boarding is a great way to watch the world go by whilst enjoying physical activity – enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Wye Valley, spot the wildfowl that live on the river, and maybe get a glimpse of other wildlife. Online booking available.

Tel 01600 891515

Oldfield Forge Academy
Ever wanted to master a medieval art? Beyond the furnace and tools, our experienced blacksmiths can hand down to you an age old skill whilst revealing your creative side. Not only will you take home your very own creation as a reminder of the experience, we can also show you how to relax by immersing yourself in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside with the additional activities available within our various packages, tailored to suit you.
Whether you have an avid interest in the world of crafts or are a couple looking for that perfect ring nothing is more satisfying than being a part of the centuries-old tradition…
Our products are not just functional but works of art that will immeasurably enhance your home or garden.

Everything is made to order so can be produced to your exact requirements for design and style, solving the frequent problem of trying to find accessories to fit non-standard furnishings.

Contact Oldfield Forge Ltd, Garway Hill, Hereford. HR2 8HA
Tel 01981 580016