Abbey Dore Court, sleeping 22, is a very special property. It offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a fully restored, wonderful 18th century inn with a Victorian addition, set in its own grounds with a luxurious six-seater hot tub and surrounded by the renowned six-acre Abbey Dore Court Gardens.
The spacious property is set in the rural village of Abbey Dore, 12 miles from Hereford, at the southern end of the beautiful Golden Valley in Herefordshire. It simply oozes Victorian splendour, from the grandeur of the imposing entrance hall and the magnificent drawing room (formerly the ballroom) with fireplace and intricate architraves, to the grand dining room and the welcoming morning room, most with an open fire or wood burner.
The kitchen boasts an AGA and an electric cooker with ceramic hob. There is a dedicated room for the young (or young at heart) with beanbags, television and computer console, while the bedrooms are all spacious and comfortable.
Most rooms in the house offer lovely views over the gardens and river, which runs through the grounds alongside the house.
Having featured on Channel 4’s Country House Rescue, Abbey Dore Court is perfect for large families or groups of friends. Imagine spending time dining in this impressive country house, before retiring to one of the many grand rooms to settle down for the evening together.
The pretty village of Abbey Dore is situated on the River Dore, at the southern end of the beautiful Golden Valley, close to the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Black Mountains. The village is home to the old established Abbey Dore Court Gardens, open to the public between April and September and Dore Abbey, founded in 1147 by Cistercian monks and restored to its present form in the 18th and 19th Century.
Surrounded by lovely scenic countryside, Abbey Dore Court is ideal for walking and cycling, especially in the nearby Brecon Beacons National Park and the Black Mountains. Surrounded by pleasant orchards and cornfields, Abbey Dore is also close to the Offa’s Dyke and Wye Valley walks.
For an easier pace, simply explore the delightful surrounding villages, with their excellent pubs, restaurants, churches and antique shops.
Just 12 miles away is the ancient city of Hereford, which dates back to the 7th Century and is home to a magnificent cathedral, the famous ‘chained library’, Mappa Mundi and a medieval bridge over the winding River Wye.
The wonderful market town of Hay-on-Wye, famous for its 30-plus book shops, excellent pubs, restaurants and antique shops, is only 15 miles away.
This is a rare chance for an unforgettable holiday in a wonderfully impressive property, set in a lovely location with plenty to see and do all year round.
- 22 Guests
- 9 bedrooms – one grand family room with a double and 2 sofa beds, 4 double/twins, 3 doubles, one twin
- 8 bathrooms, 5 of which are en suite
- Baby welcome (cot and highchair available)
- Children are welcome
- Up to 3 well-behaved dogs welcome
- Piano & table tennis table
- 6-seater hot tub
- Large, fully enclosed and secure lawned garden
- Spacious gravelled sitting area with garden furniture and barbecue
- Access to Abbey Dore Court Gardens (when open to the public between April and end of September, by arrangement)
- Bed linen and towels provided
- Catering can be arranged
- Parking for 7 cars
- Boasting a wealth of original features including moulded ceilings, marble floors and wood burners, the house has been furnished with a mix of new and antiques. It has been superbly restored and lavishly decorated with your comfort and relaxation in mind.
- Perfect for families and groups of friends at any time of the year – short and midweek breaks are available, with a minimum stay of 3 nights and there is ample parking.
- Set in beautiful grounds, relax in the large enclosed garden with spacious sitting area and barbecue and listen to the relaxing sound of the River Dore running by.
- An ideal setting for Autumn and Winter breaks, a New Year gathering or Christmas morning – there is a lot to do in Winter and guests can return to a warm and cosy house with central heating, two wood burners, an open fire and comfortable beds.
- Situated within the renowned 8 acre Abbey Dore Court Gardens on the banks of the River Dore, in the rural village of Abbey Dore.
- Conveniently located just 3 miles off the A465 at the southern end of the beautiful Golden Valley and within easy reach of Hay-On-Wye, Hereford, Abergavenny and the picturesque Black Mountains.
- An ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside with excellent walks as well as mountain climbing, fishing, cycling, horse-riding, canoeing and bird-watching all in and around the Wye Valley and Golden Valley.
- The village pub in Ewyas Harold, The Temple Inn, is 2.5 miles away. Ewyas Harold also has a further pub, shop, butcher, fish and chip shop.
- Ground floor:
Grand entrance hall from the imposing front porch with large seating area
Magnificent, spacious drawing room with dance floor, baby grand piano, wood burner, table tennis and doors to the side lawn.
Well equipped country kitchen with AGA and original shelving features.
Outer kitchen and utility room.
Spacious dining room with an open fire and large bay windows. The dining table comfortably seats 16 and a second table seats 6.
Morning room with a plasma TV/DVD and wood burner.
Children’s room with bean bags, TV, DVD and Nintendo Wii.
Cloakroom with wc.
- First floor:
Grand family room with one super king-size bed and two sofa beds with en suite bath with hand-held shower. Large bay windows overlook the Gardens and the River Dore.
Double/twin bedroom overlooking the river with king-size zip/link bed and en suite bathroom with bath and separate shower.
Double/twin bedroom with king-size zip/link bed and en suite shower room.
Double/twin bedroom with king-size zip/link bed and en suite shower room with a wonderful view of the River Dore and the Black Mountains.
Double/twin bedroom with super king-size zip/link bed and basin.
Double bedroom with super king-size bed.
Double bedroom with en suite shower room.
Double bedroom with a large Edwardian style basin and access to family bath and shower rooms.
Twin bedroom with access to family bath and shower rooms with period fireplace.
Family bathroom with shower over the bath.
Family bathroom with bath and separate shower.
Family shower room.
- Oil central heating with two wood burners and an open fire. Starter packs provided
- Four oven AGA, electric cooker with ceramic hob, microwave, 2 fridges, freezer, American-style fridge/freezer, 2 dishwashers, washing machine, tumble dryer
- TVs with Sky, DVDs, Wii, telephone
- WiFi internet access*
- Piano & table tennis table
- Cot and highchair on request
- Outdoor furniture and barbecue
- 6-seater hot tub
- Covered bike storage
- Parking for 7 cars
The village is home to the old established Abbey Dore Court Gardens, an inspirational garden (open to the public between April and September), complemented by a sweet little tea room open at weekends.
Dore Abbey, founded in 1147 by Cistercian monks and restored to its present form in the 18th and 19th Century is one of only two Cistercian abbey churches in England. Still used as a parish church, it is home to frequent musical festivals
The Temple Inn in Ewyas Harold village is 2.5 miles from the house and Ewyas Harold has a shop, butcher, fish and chip shop and a further pub.
The whole area is surrounded by unspoilt countryside and offers many activities including fishing, cycling, walking, horse-riding, canoeing and bird-watching, all in and around the Wye Valley and Golden Valley.
TOWNS & VILLAGES
HEREFORD (12 miles). The cathedral town of Hereford dates back to Saxon times and, with its medieval bridge over the winding River Wye, is the very image of picturesque England with a mix of buildings from almost every British era. Attractions include Hereford Cathedral, home of the 13th century Mappa Mundi world map and Chained Library, The Cider Museum and King Offa Distillery, The Old House, Hereford Museum and Art Gallery and The Waterworks Museum.
ABERGAVENNY (14.3 miles) is a picturesque market town on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park surrounded by seven mountains. Its status as a foodie Mecca is well established with the annual autumn Abergavenny Food Festival. Its main attractions include its Castle and Museum, St Mary’s Priory and Tithe Barn, Market Hall and Castle Meadows.
HAY-ON-WYE (16 miles) is famous for one thing – books! The town has almost 40 bookshops over spilling with thousands of titles and holds an annual Hay Festival of Literature held each May/June. it is also an excellent base for serious walking and other attractions include Hay Bluff and Hay Castle.
ROSS-ON-WYE (18 miles). The historic market town of Ross-on-Wye boasts many timbered buildings, a 17th century market hall, individual shops, traditional inns, excellent restaurants and lovely riverside walks.
SYMONDS YAT (18.5 miles). Visit beautiful Symonds Yat with its towering rocks where peregrine falcons breed, and take the ferry across the river to the Valley Visitors Centre. There are fantastic things on offer in the whole lower Wye Valley including canoeing, kayaking and paddle-boarding, as well as other adventures such as abseiling at The Wyedean Canoe and Adventure Centre (12 miles); the steam train through the Forest of Dean (22 miles); the caves at Clearwell (17 miles); and GoApe! for highwire and zipwire fun (21 miles).
MONMOUTH (19.5 miles) boasts a whole host of historical sites and has a 13th century stone gated bridge over the river Monnow, unique in Britain as it is the only preserved bridge of its design remaining. Attractions include the Nelson Museum, Shire Hall and Castle and Regimental Museum.
MUCH MARCLE (20.5 miles) is a beautiful village in rural Herefordshire. Attractions include Westons Cider Farm which offers guided tours around the mill, a play park for children, tea room and restaurant and Hellens Manor House & Gardens.
KINGTON (21.5 miles). Celebrated by visitors for its lovely scenery and excellent walking and cycling in the surrounding rolling hills, this quiet, pleasant town offers a number of excellent shops, pubs and restaurants.
LEOMINSTER (24 miles) is a wonderful place to enjoy a lazy afternoon stroll, the town dates back to the 7th century and possesses many fine examples of architecture, such as the Priory Church, along with a wide variety of shops, cafes and pubs.
PEMBRIDGE (25 miles) is a medieval village on the Black & White Village Trail boasting many striking 15th and 16th century half-timbered buildings, and has held markets and fairs in the village since the early 1200s. The village has a beautiful 14th century market hall. Westonbury Mill Water Gardens (22.5 miles) is situated just outside the village.
LEDBURY (28.5 miles). Attractions include the Heritage Centre, Butcher’s Row House Museum and Church Street. Eastnor Castle is nearby.
TINTERN (32 miles), dominated by the ancient splendour of the Cistercian Abbey, follows the banks of the River Wye and is the heart of the lower Wye Valley. Steep, wooded hills, rivers, streams and leafy walks all add to the natural beauty of this unspoiled area. Places of interest include Tintern Old Railway Station and Abbey Mill.
CASTLES & HERITAGE ATTRACTIONS
Dore Abbey (a few minutes’ walk) a former Cistercian abbey in the village of Abbey Dore in the Golden Valley.
Kilpeck Church (5 miles) is widely regarded as England’s most perfect Norman church and is famous for its remarkable Norman carvings.
White Castle, Llantilio Crosenny, Nr Abergavenny (12.5 miles).
Abergavenny Castle & Museum Abergavenny (14 miles).
Wilton Castle, Wilton, Ross-on-Wye (15.5 miles) is a 12th-century Norman castle fortification on the River Wye.
Llanthony Priory (16 miles). The beautiful and evocative ruins of Llanthony Priory are situated in the picturesque Vale of Ewyas, close to the Black Mountains.
Hay Castle, Hay-on-Wye (16 miles).
Goodrich Castle (English Heritage), Goodrich (19 miles) stands majestically on a wooded hill commanding the passage of the River Wye into the picturesque valley of Symonds Yat.
Monmouth Castle and Regimental Museum, Monmouth (19 miles).
Raglan Castle, Raglan, Usk (23 miles).
Usk Castle and Rural Life Museum, Usk (25 miles).
Eastnor Castle & grounds, Ledbury (29.5 miles) is a fairytale Georgian castle, dramatically situated in the foothills of the Malverns.
Croft Castle & Parkland (National Trust), Yarpole (30.5 miles).
Newport Castle, Newport (32 miles).
Tintern Abbey, Tintern, Gwent (32 miles).
Tintern Old Station, Tintern, Gwent (32 miles).
Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths, Caerleon (33 miles).
Ludlow Castle, Ludlow (35.5 miles).
HOUSES & GARDENS
Kentchurch Court House & Gardens, Pontrilas, Hereford (2.8 miles). This quintessentially English country house, is surrounded by 20 acres of garden planted to delight throughout the summer and autumn.
Llanvihangel Court, Llanvihangel Crucorney, is an historic 16th century Tudor Manor House with landscaped gardens (10 miles).
The Weir Garden (National Trust), Swainshill (11.5 miles) is an unusual and stunning garden of four hectares (ten acres) with sweeping views along the River Wye and Herefordshire countryside.
Brobury House Gardens, Bredwardine (12 miles). Beautiful gardens, open to the public all year.
How Caple Court Gardens, How Caple, Hereford (16.5 miles). The 11 acre gardens of How Caple Court date from Edwardian times and are high above the River Wye with views toward the Forest of Dean and the Welsh Mountains.
Sufton Court, Mordiford (16.5 miles) is a small Palladian mansion set in parkland.
Broadfield Court Vineyard and Gardens, Broadfield Court Vineyard Estate, Bodenham (21 miles).
Hampton Court, Country House, Gardens & Parkland, Hampton Court Estate, Hope under Dinmore (21 miles). The wonderful 15th century Hampton Court Castle and its award winning gardens.
Hellens Manor House & Gardens, Much Marcle (21 miles).
Hergest Croft Gardens, Ridgebourne Road, Kington (23 miles). 100-year old gardens on the Welsh Marches looking to the Black Mountains. Set in 70 acres, the Gardens are internationally renowned with a spectacular collection of trees and shrubs as well as gorgeous flower borders, an old fashioned Kitchen Garden.
Stockton Bury Gardens, 0ha, Stockton Bury, Kimbolton (26 miles). A working farm with a 4 acre garden.
Westonbury Mill Water Gardens (23.5 miles) is situated just outside Pembridge. The three acre gardens are laid out around a tangle of streams and ponds, with wonderful views of the surrounding hills.
Brockhampton Estate (National Trust), Bromyard (27.5 miles). Brockhampton Estate is a traditionally farmed estate and medieval manor house.
Berrington Hall (National Trust), near Leominster (27.5 miles) is an elegant neo-classical house of the late 18th Century, designed by Henry Holland, set in ‘Capability’ Brown’s final landscape design.
Ralph Court Gardens, Edwyn Ralph, Bromyard (28 miles). 12 amazing gardens set in the grounds of a gothic rectory. You can be transported around the world from Italy to Africa.
Westbury Court Garden (National Trust), Westbury-on-Severn, Westbury (29 miles).
Bedwellty House and Park, Tredegar (30 miles).
The Cider Museum and King Offa Distillery, Hereford (12 miles).
The Old House, Hereford (12 miles).
Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, Hereford (12 miles).
The Waterworks Museum, Hereford (12 miles).
Nelson Museum, Monmouth (19 miles).
Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenafon, Torfaen (22.5 miles).
Hopewell Colliery Museum, Coleford (25.5 miles). At Hopewell Colliery you can take a guided underground tour.
Butcher’s Row House Museum, Ledbury (28.5 miles).
The Ledbury Heritage Centre, Ledbury (28.5 miles).
National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon (33 miles).
Newport Museum & Art Gallery, Newport (33 miles).
Golden Valley Llamas, Kingstreet Farm, Ewyas Harold (2.5 miles) walking with Llamas and Llama Trekking.
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, Whitchurch (17.8 miles).
The aMazing Hedge Puzzle, Whitchurch (17.8 miles).
Small Breeds Farm Park & Owl Centre, Kington (19.5 miles).
The Black & White Village Trail is a 40 mile circular motor route from Leominster through a rich landscape of orchards, hopyards and distant hills, taking in the most picturesque black and white villages along the way as well as the little market town of Kington (21.5 miles).
The Hop Pocket Shopping Village, Bishop’s Frome (23.5 miles).
Monkland Cheese Dairy, The Pleck, Monkland (23.5 miles).
Perrygrove Railway & Treetop Adventure, Coleford (23.8 miles).
Puzzlewood, Coleford (24 miles) is a unique and magical day out in Forest of Dean. Used for “an extremely important sequence” in the Force Awakens.
Clearwell Caves, The Rocks, Coleford (25 miles).
Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway, Pontypool (25.5 miles).
Brecon Mountain Railway, Pant Station, Merthyr Tydfil (33.5 miles), offers some of the best possible views of the Brecon Beacons you can get while sitting down.
White Castle Vineyard, Abergavenny (11.3 miles).
The Sugarloaf Vineyards, Abergavenny (15.5 miles).
Ancre Hill Vineyard, Monmouth (16 miles).
Three Choirs Vineyard, Newent (26 miles).
Wernddu Organic Vineyard, Monmouth (26 miles). Makers of Welsh wine, Welsh cider and Welsh perry and home to 17 grazing alpacas.
Set within the beautiful Golden Valley, there are rivers and hills on the doorstep for guests to enjoy. There are trails to follow, rivers to fish and mountains to climb. The whole area offers many activities including golf, fishing, cycling, walking, horse-riding, canoeing and bird-watching, all in and around the Golden Valley, Wye Valley and The Forest of Dean. Here are just a few suggestions:
Brampton Golf Course, Madley (5.8 miles).
Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club, Monmouth (14.5 miles).
Burghill Valley Golf Club, Tillington Road, Burghill (15 miles).
The Herefordshire Golf Club, Wormsley, Hereford (17 miles).
Brockington Golf Club, Brockington Hall, Bodenham (20 miles).
Ross-on-Wye Golf Club, Gorsley, Ross-on-Wye (21 miles).
Kington Golf Club, Kington (22.5 miles) is England’s highest golf course.
The Wye Valley and surrounding areas are spoilt for fishing opportunities, from the variety of the local rivers, to the certainty of stocked trout water. Within a short drive you can be fishing for Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Barbel, Carp & Pike at a variety of venues.
Julian (co-owner of the house) is a keen fisherman and can send you in the right direction for both fly-fishing and course fishing. To fish on the River Dore there is a charge per day and this can be arranged through Charis Ward on 01981 240 419.
Fishing from Bredwardine with Red Lion Fishing (Tel: 01981 500303) (13 miles).
Rainbow Trout: Bigwell Fly Fishery in Redbrook, just outside Monmouth (24.6 miles) is a great venue for novice to Intermediate anglers. Enjoy some great scenery, tackle hire and advice, endless tea/coffee and 4 fishing lakes.
Salmon, Brown Trout & Coarse: The possibilities are almost endless on the River Wye and the surrounding areas. The best source of information is without doubt the The Wye and Usk Foundation (Tel: 01874 712 074). Day tickets and roaming vouchers are available online, along with water conditions. The information covers all major tributaries of two of the best game fishing rivers in the UK.
Another good source of local fishing information and permits is GB Sports in Ross-on-Wye (Tel: 01989 563723).
The river Wye is a short drive where you can go drifting down the river in a canoe, boat or raft, whatever takes your fancy:
Mountain & Water, Abergavenny (14.5 miles) run activity days and courses in the Brecon Beacons and Wye Valley.
Backwaters Canoe and Kayak Hire, Abergavenny (15 miles) offers canoe and kayak hire on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal and River Wye.
The River Wye Canoe Hire Company, Ross-on-Wye (19.3 miles) offer canoe hire and guided journeys on the River Wye.
Monmouth Canoe Hire and Activity Centre, Old Dixton Road, Monmouth (19.5 miles).
Canoeing from Glasbury to Hay-on-Wye with Wye Valley Canoes, The Boat House, Glasbury-on-Wye (20 miles).
Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. The towpath is a wonderful way for walkers and cyclists, fish on the bank or hire a paddleboat, a canoe or take a boat trip with a number of hire companies along the canal.
Way2go Adventures Ltd, Milkwall, Coleford (24 miles) provide Canoeing, Kayaking, Bushcraft, Nordic Walking and Raft Building in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.
Trevelog Farm, Llanthony, Abergavenny (17 miles).
Pony Trekking in Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains with Tregoyd Trekking, Tregoyd Farm, Brecon (20 miles).
Forest of Dean Adventure Ltd, Speech House Road, Coleford (26 miles), based in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley have 2 great activity sites – Adventure Ropes and Archery at Bracelands Drive (22 miles), Climbing Tower and Archery at Beechenhurst (25.5 miles).
Battlelands Paintball, Ewyas Harold (1.6 miles) offer a fun day out paintballing and laser clay shooting, based in 60 acres of picturesque countryside in the Golden Valley.
There is space to store your bikes in the dry at the back of the house.
Drover Cycles, Forest Rd, Hay-on-Wye (15 miles).
Pedalabikeaway Ltd, Cannop Valley, Coleford (25 miles) offer bicycle hire and cycle trails for all abilities in the heart of the beautiful Forest of Dean.
Abbey Dore Court is an ideal base for walking, with stunning views and gently rolling countryside. There are some fantastic walking routes where you can take in the sights, make the occasional historic stop-off and enjoy the welcome of a country pub.
Abbey Dore Court is situated in the Golden Valley where some of the county’s most beautiful walking is to be found in the peaceful unspoilt River Dore valley just east of the Black Mountains and running from near Hay on Wye to Pontrilas. Paths follow the riverside meadows and lead enticingly up the wooded western hillsides where spectacular views are to be had. Combine this with the rich heritage at sites such as Arthur’s Stone at Dorstone (the oldest man-made structure in Herefordshire) and you are sure to enjoy time spent in this lovely area.
For open hill walking the western side of the county is the obvious first choice, giving a taste of the Black Mountains in the foothills south of Hay on Wye. The high land all along the western borders gives splendid views across the county. Offa’s Dyke National Trail lies just over the Welsh border and sections can be incorporated into walks from Hay on Wye and Kington.
The beautiful Wye Valley must also lay claim to be one of Herefordshire’s most attractive walking areas. The whole river, during its long journey right across the county from Hay on Wye to Ross on Wye, is worthy of exploration and, of course, you can do this following the Wye Valley Walk. Within Herefordshire the most dramatic scenery of the valley is in the south near Ross on Wye, in particular the stunning view from Yat Rock at Symond Yat.
Things you need to know about Abbey Dore Court if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:
- Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
- This property welcomes up to three well-behaved dogs – please restrict your pets to the ground floor
- A fenced river runs through the grounds of the property approximately 20 yards from the house, children should be supervised at all times
- 4pm check-in
- Minimum stay 3 nights throughout the year, with any start date
*Internet access is offered at this property for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use. Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to guests free of charge. Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor the agent will be held responsible.