Swinmoor is set on the edge of the beautiful Golden Valley, surrounded by lovely countryside. 8 miles away is the ancient city of Hereford which dates back to the 7th century, boasting a magnificent cathedral which displays the world famous Mappa Mundi and the renowned ‘chained library’, and a medieval bridge over the winding River Wye. The wonderful market town of Hay-on-Wye is also nearby, famous for its 30-plus bookshops, excellent pubs, restaurants and antique shops, making it one of the most visited tourist attractions in Wales.
This is a beautiful part of rural England, perfect for a holiday at anytime of the year. Herefordshire is an undiscovered county. Part of our charm is that without good motorway access we are a little bit awkward to get to. It means that we never feel overrun or too busy. We are known for our Hereford cattle, our cider, The Wye Valley walk and our heritage, but we are so much more than this.
The soil here is fabulous for growing almost anything – arable crops, potatoes, grass for livestock, soft fruit, apples, asparagus and hops, so make sure you try all our wonderful local produce at the village and farm shops. This means our landscape is really varied and we also have superb array of hills– the Malvern’s in the east, Clee Hills to the north, the Black Mountains to the south and the Brecon Beacons to the west. There is an amazing selection of walks including the Offa’s Dyke Pathway, the Herefordshire Trail and Wye Valley walks
There is a good pace of life, with everyone living here being industrious in their own way, but it isn’t always obvious when you visit. There is a lot going on, but we are a humble lot, so you do have to ask to find out the best bits! We remain a quiet and peaceful area to relax and enjoy the serenity of the landscape, and a great place to explore, get active and create magical memories.
We hope you will have a truly magical experience here.