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5 FAMILY HOLIDAY TIPS IN THE WYE VALLEY

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.