Bryngarth is an imposing, detached, black and white Herefordshire holiday home, sleeping 20 guests in nine bedrooms. Set in a spectacular hillside location in Much Birch, the property enjoys stunning views over the surrounding hills and mountains.
Luxuriously appointed throughout Bryngarth provides first class accommodation and has a warm and welcoming feel, perfect for enjoying with your friends and family. Catering for all your needs, the property includes an enormous sitting room with sumptuous sofas, amazing views and a warming wood burner; a formal dining room seating twenty with open fire; and a huge kitchen with double AGA and a cosy wood burner next to a dining area. A second sitting room is a perfect place for reading, relaxing or watching a favourite film. The imposing hall with a wood burner leads to an impressive oak staircase.
There are eight spacious first floor bedrooms, three with en-suite facilities, and a further bedroom on the ground floor.
Outside is a three acre mature garden with large patio area, furniture and barbecue, an ideal place for alfresco dining whilst enjoying the long distance views.
The thriving village of Much Birch lies between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye and boasts two pubs, a farm shop and regular village markets. 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, Golden Valley and The Forest of Dean.
With excellent access to road links, there is easy access to attractions such as stately homes, parks and gardens. This spacious Herefordshire cottage is also an ideal base for visiting the historic cathedral town of Hereford, famous for the fascinating Mappi Mundi world map and the chained library, as well as the ancient market town of Ludlow, famous for its many high quality restaurants.
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.
Visit beautiful Symonds Yat with its towering rocks where peregrine falcons breed, and take the ferry across the river to the Valley Visitors Centre. Guests can also enjoy the ‘town of books’, Hay-on-Wye, the majestic Black Mountains and scenic Brecon Beacons National Park.
Bryngarth is the perfect destination for an unforgettable holiday at any time of year.
- 20 Guests
- 9 bedrooms – 5 doubles, 2 twins, 2 family rooms with a double and single bed
- One double bedroom is on the ground floor
- 5 bathrooms, 3 of which are en suite
- Baby welcome (travel cot and highchair available)
- Children are welcome
- Sorry, no pets
- Games room with table football
- 5 acres of gardens: one acre of formal lawned garden and 4 acres of parkland
- Terrace with garden furniture and barbecue
- Catering can be arranged
- Bed linen and towels provided
- Ample parking
- A home-from-home, elegantly furnished throughout, designed with your comfort and relaxation in mind, and very well-equipped.
- 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 five acres with a large patio area and barbecue and stunning views over the surrounding hills.
- 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, three wood burners, an open fire and comfortable beds.
- A tranquil, peaceful location, yet just eight miles from the historic towns of Hereford and Ross-on-Wye, both with a great range of shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes.
- The perfect base for exploring Shropshire’s gastronomic capital Ludlow with its Michelin-starred restaurants, as well as Symonds Yat and Hay-on-Wye.
- An ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside with excellent walks as well as fishing, cycling, walking, horse-riding, canoeing and bird-watching all in and around the Wye Valley, Golden Valley and The Forest of Dean.
- The village of Much Birch boasts two pubs, a farm shop and regular village markets. The nearest pub is a 10 minute walk and there is a shop 2 miles away.
- Ground floor:
Well-equipped fitted kitchen with an island, wood burner, double AGA and dining area (seating 8).
Dining room with open fire (seating 20).
Sitting room with wood burner.
Second sitting room.
Pantry with table football.
Double bedroom with en suite shower room.
Ground floor cloakroom with wc.
Hall with wood burner and stairs to first floor.
- First floor:
Spacious double bedroom with a king-size bed and en suite with bath, double basin and walk-in shower.
Two family rooms each with one double and one single bed.
Two double bedrooms.
Double bedroom with an en suite shower room.
Twin bedroom with Jack-and-Jill access to family shower room.
Family shower room.
Family bathroom with bath and walk-in shower.
- Oil central heating with wood burners in the hall, sitting room and kitchen. Open fire in the dining room. Starter packs provided
- Double AGA with 4 ovens and 6 ring hob (in use Sept – April), double electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
- 2 x TVs with Freeview, 2 x DVDs, stereo/CD, iPod dock, phone for UK numbers
- WiFi internet access*
- Selection of books, games and DVDs
- Cot and highchair on request
- Outdoor furniture and barbecue
- Lockable bike storage
- Ample parking
The thriving village of Much Birch lies between Hereford and Ross-on-Wye and boasts two pubs, a farm shop and regular village markets.
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, Golden Valley and The Forest of Dean.
Guests can also enjoy the majestic Black Mountains and scenic Brecon Beacons National Park. The perfect destination for an unforgettable holiday at any time of year.
TOWNS & VILLAGES
HEREFORD (7 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.
ROSS-ON-WYE (8.8 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 (11 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).
MUCH MARCLE (12.5 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.
MONMOUTH (13.6 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.
LEOMINSTER (18.7 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 (21 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 (21 miles). Attractions include the Heritage Centre, Butcher’s Row House Museum and Church Street. Eastnor Castle is nearby.
HAY-ON-WYE (23.5 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.
TINTERN (24 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.
KINGTON (25 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.
TENBURY WELLS (27 miles) is a charming, ancient market town situated on the banks of the River Teme. Said to have been called ‘my little town in the orchard’ by Queen Victoria, Tenbury Wells boasts a unique 18th century bridge built by Thomas Telford, the magnificent Pump Rooms and many other listed buildings dating back to the 17th century. This bustling town has many individual shops, traditional pubs, cafes and tea rooms and plays host to many festivals throughout the year notably the Tenbury Applefest in October and Holly and Mistletoe around Christmas.
LUDLOW (29.8 miles). Attractions include Ludlow Castle and hosts several annual festivals (please see the events section at the end of this page).
CASTLES & HERITAGE ATTRACTIONS
Kilpeck Church (5.5 miles) is widely regarded as England’s most perfect Norman church and is famous for its remarkable Norman carvings.
Wilton Castle, Wilton, Ross-on-Wye (8 miles) is a 12th-century Norman castle fortification on the River Wye.
Dore Abbey (10.2 miles) a former Cistercian abbey in the village of Abbey Dore in the Golden Valley.
Goodrich Castle (English Heritage), Goodrich (11.2 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 (13.6 miles).
Llanthony Priory (17 miles). The beautiful and evocative ruins of Llanthony Priory are situated in the picturesque Vale of Ewyas, close to the Black Mountains.
White Castle, Llantilio Crosenny, Nr Abergavenny (17 miles).
Raglan Castle, Raglan, Usk (21.6 miles).
Abergavenny Museum and Castle Abergavenny (23 miles).
Eastnor Castle & grounds, Ledbury (23 miles) is a fairytale Georgian castle, dramatically situated in the foothills of the Malverns.
Hay Castle, Hay-on-Wye (23.5 miles).
Tintern Abbey, Tintern, Gwent (24.4 miles).
Tintern Old Station, Tintern, Gwent (24.4 miles).
Croft Castle & Parkland (National Trust), Yarpole (25 miles).
Ludlow Castle, Ludlow (30 miles).
Stokesay Castle (English Heritage), near Craven Arms (37 miles).
HOUSES & GARDENS
How Caple Court Gardens, How Caple, Hereford (8.6 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 (8.7 miles) is a small Palladian mansion set in parkland.
Kentchurch Court House & Gardens, Pontrilas, Hereford (10 miles). This quintessentially English country house, is surrounded by 20 acres of garden planted to delight throughout the summer and autumn.
The Weir Garden (National Trust), Swainshill (10.7 miles).The Weir Garden is an unusual and stunning garden of four hectares (ten acres) with sweeping views along the River Wye and Herefordshire countryside.
Broadfield Court Vineyard and Gardens, Broadfield Court Vineyard Estate, Bodenham (15 miles).
Hampton Court, Country House, Gardens & Parkland, Hampton Court Estate, Hope under Dinmore (15.4 miles). The wonderful 15th century Hampton Court Castle and its award winning gardens.
Hellens Manor House & Gardens, Much Marcle (16.4 miles).
Brobury House Gardens, Bredwardine (17.3 miles). Beautiful gardens, open to the public all year.
Llanvihangel Court, Llanvihangel Crucorney, is an historic 16th century Tudor Manor House with landscaped gardens (18 miles).
Stockton Bury Gardens, 0ha, Stockton Bury, Kimbolton (20 miles). A working farm with a 4 acre garden.
Westbury Court Garden (National Trust), Westbury-on-Severn, Westbury (21 miles).
Hergest Croft Gardens, Ridgebourne Road, Kington (27 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.
Brockhampton Estate (National Trust), Bromyard (21.7 miles). Brockhampton Estate is a traditionally farmed estate and medieval manor house.
Berrington Hall (National Trust), near Leominster (22 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 (22.2 miles). 12 amazing gardens set in the grounds of a gothic rectory. You can be transported around the world from Italy to Africa.
Westonbury Mill Water Gardens (22.5 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.
The Cider Museum and King Offa Distillery, Hereford (6.8 miles).
The Old House, Hereford (6.8 miles).
Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, Hereford (6.8 miles).
The Waterworks Museum, Hereford (6.8 miles).
Nelson Museum, Monmouth (13.6 miles).
Hopewell Colliery Museum, Coleford (16.7 miles). At Hopewell Colliery you can take a guided underground tour.
Butcher’s Row House Museum, Ledbury (21 miles).
The Ledbury Heritage Centre, Ledbury (21 miles).
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, Whitchurch (10.3 miles).
The aMazing Hedge Puzzle, Whitchurch (10.3 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.
Perrygrove Railway & Treetop Adventure, Coleford (16.3 miles).
Puzzlewood, Coleford (16.5 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 (17 miles).
The Hop Pocket Shopping Village, Bishop’s Frome (17.8 miles).
Monkland Cheese Dairy, The Pleck, Monkland (19 miles).
Small Breeds Farm Park & Owl Centre, Kington (23.8 miles).
Ancre Hill Vineyard, Monmouth (15 miles).
White Castle Vineyard, Abergavenny (16.3 miles).
Three Choirs Vineyard, Newent (18.6 miles).
Wernddu Organic Vineyard, Monmouth (20.3 miles). Makers of Welsh wine, Welsh cider and Welsh perry and home to 17 grazing alpacas.
Frome Valley Vineyard, Paunton, Bishops Frome (20.6 miles). Wine has been produced in Herefordshire since Medieval times. Frome Valley Vineyard at Paunton Court are very happy to maintain this tradition.
The Sugarloaf Vineyards, Abergavenny (23 miles).
Parva Farm Vineyard, Tintern (23.7 miles).
The whole area is surrounded by unspoilt countryside and offers many activities including golf, fishing, cycling, walking, horse-riding, canoeing and bird-watching, all in and around the Wye Valley, Golden Valley and The Forest of Dean. Here are just a few suggestions:
The golf courses of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Monmouthshire are all within easy reach.
Burghill Valley Golf Club, Tillington Road, Burghill (9.9 miles).
Brampton Golf Course, Madley (10 miles).
The Herefordshire Golf Club, Wormsley, Hereford (13.5 miles).
Ross-on-Wye Golf Club, Gorsley, Ross-on-Wye (13.6 miles).
Brockington Golf Club, Brockington Hall, Bodenham (14 miles).
Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club, Monmouth (16 miles).
Kington Golf Club, Kington (25.6 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.
Rainbow Trout: Bigwell Fly Fishery in Redbrook, just outside Monmouth (16.4 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 nearby Ross on Wye 01989 563723.
Monmouth Canoe Hire and Activity Centre, Old Dixton Road, Monmouth (13.6 miles).
Mountain & Water, Abergavenny (23 miles) run activity days and courses in the Brecon Beacons and Wye Valley.
Backwaters Canoe and Kayak Hire, Abergavenny (23 miles) offers canoe and kayak hire on the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal and River Wye.
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 (16.6 miles) provide Canoeing, Kayaking, Bushcraft, Nordic Walking and Raft Building in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.
Forest of Dean Adventure Ltd, Speech House Road, Coleford (17.7 miles), based in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley have 2 great activity sites – Adventure Ropes and Archery at Bracelands Drive (14 miles), Climbing Tower and Archery at Beechenhurst (17.4 miles).
Pedalabikeaway Ltd, Cannop Valley, Coleford (17 miles) offer bicycle hire and cycle trails for all abilities in the heart of the beautiful Forest of Dean.
Ledbury Cycle Hire, Old Kennels Farm/Bromyard Road, Ledbury (20.8 miles)..
Bryngarth is an ideal base for walking, with stunning views and plenty of walking in the vicinity. There are circular walks and for the more adventurous, the world famous Wye Valley Walk is a short distance away. The Herefordshire countryside is scattered with welcoming pubs, which provide excellent fayre for thirsty walkers. The famous Herefordshire Trail provides some fantastic views of the county as you wend along its path. For those without transport the local bus service links up very well with these nearby walks.
The Malverns, Brecon Beacons and Forest of Dean are also within striking distance of the Wye Valley, as are nearby mountains The Skyrrid and Sugarloaf in Abergavenny.
Things you need to know about Bryngarth if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:
- Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
- Sorry, no pets are allowed at this property
- Outside catering available by prior arrangement with owner
- Sorry, no fireworks
- This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100
- 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.