Geographically the house is perfectly located in the heart of Herefordshire. We receive guests from all over the UK as we are situated in a nationally convenient central location. We are close to the M5.
The exceptional surroundings of Monnington House always interest our guests – situated down a tranquil lane, encompassed by acres of cider orchards you find this beautiful house in a rural situation on the edge of a family farm in the Wye Valley.
5 local market towns are within easy reach. An ideal place to browse or seek specialist products and goods. Hereford (8 miles) offers culture with its magnificent Cathedral and treasured Mappa Mundi; Hay on Wye (12 miles) hosts the Literary Festival in May each year; Leominster (20 miles) is full of antique shops; Ledbury (24 miles) has a wealth of independent shops and retailers and Ross on Wye (25 miles) hosts specialist food shops… You can take your pick!
The region is rich in local produce and is of the highest quality. Herefordshire is renowned for its apple juice, cider, beer and beef as well as cheese and icecream. There are a number of farmers selling produce straight from the farm and also markets. Oakchurch Farmshop is located 1.8 miles and sells good local produce and garden products.
You can venture straight from the back door into the the stunning Wye Valley and walk part of The Wye Valley Walk which is a perfect mix of hill and river walking or wonder through the beautiful cider orchards which are stunning particularly during blossom time or march down the magnificent Monnington Walk. You are spoilt for choice! A detailed OS Explorer Map in the house gives full details of the walks available.
You should call in to the Church of St Marys which is on Monnington Walk. The Rev Robert Francis Kilvert is said to have preached from this Church whilst he was writing Kilverts Diaries which is an enchanting portrait of rural Britain inthe 19th century.
The Portway Inn is located at the top of the lane and is a perfect spot for walking to and having a pint. The Tram at Eardisley which sells lovely local food is well worth a visit. It is about 5 miles away. Children are always welcome. If you wish to venture further a field then visit The Stagg at Titley which has one Michelin star or go the Bulls Head at Craswell which is a rural and unique dining pub in the Black Mountains.
There are a number of worthy gardens to visit in Herefordshire. Hampton Court was rescued from neglect in 1994 and the gardens have been revived and transformed. There is an ornamental kitchen garden and 150 year old wisteria arch and a fabulous maze for children to get lost in. The Weir Garden is closer to home and has unusual gardens with sweeping views down the River Wye. It has fantastic spring bulbs followed by beautiful autumn colour. There are also numerous gardens to visit from the Yellow Book.
For those seeking adrenalin activities there is karting at Weobley, paint-balling in Hereford, clay pigeon shooting and quad biking can be found at Kingsland www.theactivitypeople.co.uk.
Canoes and bikes are available for hire from Wye Valley Canoes, Hay on Wye www.wyevalleycanoes.co.uk.
Finally If you just want to sit back and relax and enjoy the wonders of Herefordshire then do! It is perfect for escaping the bustle and offers a fantastic retreat.