Knights Retreat, Bed and Breakfast, rural, Herefordshire - About our accommodation
We have a choice of twin bedded or double bedrooms in our timber-framed former water mill, all rooms are en-suite. There is also a communal sitting room with sofas, TV, DVD, WiFi and tea/coffee making facilities together with loads of free parking set within 7 acre grounds.
Our dinning room has signs of human occupation going back to the Iron Age which you may like to ponder on whilst enjoying your food, cooked by our in-house qualified chef. We offer the choice of continental or full English breakfasts - with dietary considerations. We can also offer evening meals or for those wishing to explore locally and packed lunches can be arranged or the area has many local pubs and restaurants which can offer good food and drink.
South west of Herefordshire, near border with mid Wales at Hereford end of Golden Valley - a rural spot in the Welsh Marches surrounded by farmland in a valley bordered by a stream that used to drive the mill wheel, approached via a quiet, tree lined, narrow country lane.
Close by are the towns of Hay-on-Wye (Town of Books, castle, Hay Festival, Llantony Priory), Ross-on-Wye (market town, birthplace of British tourist industry, Market House), Leominster (market town,C13th Priory with ducking stool), Monmouth (castle, museum, Britain's only remaining fortified bridge, birth place of Charles Rolls and Henry V of Agincourt fame, also Admiral Nelson connections), Abergavenny (Gateway to Wales, Food Festivaland, castle), Blaenavon's Big Pit, City of Hereford (see below) - there are numerous castles and a little further are the Brecon Brecon, Elan Valley and wilds of mid Wales leading to the Welsh coast.
Hereford Cathederal just five miles door to door, with the Mappa Mundi one of the oldest of old maps in the world and Chained Library. A few minutes stroll away is The Old House in the centre of High Town. Also in Hereford is the Racecourse, Museum and Art Gallery, Cider Museum and on the way to into Hereford from Knight's Retreat you'll pass Belmont Abbey with its Benedictine monks and Gregorian Chants.
Nearby is also the Golden Valley (C S Lewis's picture of Heaven), Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, Goodridge with it's C11th castle and nearby is Symonds Yat with its Rock, Peregrine Falcons,Leisure Park and canoing, National Trust's Berrington Hall, Kentchurch Court (home to Scudamore family for almost 1000 years), National Trust's Weir Garden, Brobury House Gardens, Hampton Court (not to be confused with W.London - and yes it's got a maze!), Churchill Gardens Museum, Broomy Hill with its Miniture Railway and also Waterworks Museum, Kilpeck (Kilvert's Diary, church with C6th origins famous for Sheela carvings, and C11th castle remains), Abbey Dore (founded 1147) with Court Garden, Eastnor Castle, Grosmont with castle and 1200's church, Garway with its church dating from C7th and 1180 Knights Templar ....
If you're fed up of driving there's the Hereford / Hay bus stop 250 yards away. Hereford City is only 4 miles, Hereford Cathedral (Three Choirs Festival, Mappa Mundi, Chained Library...) is 5 miles - as we often go into Hereford there may be a lift on offer.
Hay-on-Wye (Town of Books, Hay Festival, Offas Dyke), The Black Mountains- both about 30 mins drive, Brecon Beacons 40 min.
There is an abundance of old churches nearby, several are within walking distance, that are well worth a visit whether or not it be to attend services or to just look round. Famous Kilpeck church (Kilvert's Diaries) is 10 minutes drive away, Belmont Abbey is under 5 minutes and Hereford Cathedral 5 miles - we can supply details of services and contact details for most of these. There are fields belonging to us where you can be alone and be at peace surrounded by stream, trees, wildlife and open sky.
Should you enjoy a physical lifestyle or not, you'll find the surrounding area of the Welsh Marches ideal in so many ways. The countryside is extremely beautiful. Being mostly farmland is generally unspoilt and sparsely populated. Cyclist, especially, will welcome this as there are many roads that have little, if any traffic - as a cyclist I speak from experience - plenty of hills, too!
Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley are all reasonably close. We can offer local routes if you wish to walk directly from Knight's Retreat Bed & Breakfast, there are several footpaths starting from here and we're surrounded by unspoilt rural Herefordshire countryside. We've covered lots of the area on foot and able to suggest some fantastic walks or if you just fancy a stroll there are several footpaths starting from our front gate.
We're keen cyclists, having raced to international level, though reduced to more mundane speeds these days, so first hand knowledge of many local routes to suit all abilities is on hand. Parts of the National Bike Route are nearby and there are lots of off road tracks we'll willingly point out to you or help you plan ahead your route if you wish to cycle to or from Knight's Retreat B&B - we've had Lands End to John O'Groats riders stop on their way and others use this as a base to explore the area. Roads in this area are generally uncrowded especially if local knowledge is applied to ensure you'll meet with little traffic. We also have a facility for safe storage of bikes.
Kingfishers visit our pond, buzzards are plentiful yet the biggest delight, weather permitting, can be the night-sky. The Milky Way can be seen from Knight's Retreat, which is sadly no longer the case any more in most of the country. Together with the surrounding peace this is a special place to be if you enjoy Nature.