Hot Lists Wednesday, February 14th , pictures by: Tile image by Herefordshire Live/Pixabay

Underwhelming V-Day? Up your game next year with one of these romantic Herefordshire hideaways on Airbandb

Hot Lists Wednesday, February 14th

Underwhelming V-Day? Up your game next year with one of these romantic Herefordshire hideaways on Airbandb

I’m not saying petrol station tulips aren’t romantic. Everyone’s different. But next year, why not do something truly memorable, something you’ll look back on and smile in a way that – be honest – you probably won’t do for yet another Valentine's Day evening in an over-crowded restaurant.

You don’t have to go far to do it. Forget about 5am drives to the airport and 10-minute gondolier rides that cost more than your hotel.

Right here in Herefordshire, we’re blessed with dozens of romantic hideaways ranging from the luxurious to the rustic. Just book up, disappear for the night and wake up together to the big skies and fresh air of one the UK’s most beautiful counties.

Trust us, it’s more fun than queuing for two hours in Pandora.

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#1 Grade 1-listed gothic summerhouse

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Where: Much Marcle

Why: Set in the gorgeous Homme House estate, this beautifully-restored, two-storey 17th-century summerhouse is a truly unique spot for a getaway.

What else: Kadai firebowl, walled garden, breakfast hamper delivered in the morning.

What they say: “The Summerhouse is a unique, 17th century stone garden building. It has a Lower Bedroom Chamber with four poster bed and Upper Drawing Room Chamber, accessed via a stone spiral staircase, with a wood burning stove and beautiful views over Homme's Walled Garden and the surrounding countryside.”

Book here, from £100/night.

 

#2 Luxury riverside fishing hut

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Where: Byford

Why: Nestled in to the banks of the Wye, this cosy chalet-style getaway puts you right in the middle of nature – but comes complete with a wood-fired hot-tub with views down the river.

What else: Stone pizza oven, open-air shower, miles of private walks.

What they say: “Sit on the huge deck watching the swans swim by. Take a stroll along your own river bank and have a picnic or fire up the pizza oven or firepit for lunch. Later enjoy the hot tub and amaze at the viewThe 'Fishing Hut' is totally unique and has been designed for complete comfort, but still retaining the feeling of 'camping'."

Book here, from £150/night.

 

#3 The Oak, luxury apartment

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Where: Near Cradley, east Herefordshire

Why: It’s set in 10 acres of pastureland land, with horses roaming free, right at the foot of the spectacular Malvern Hills.

What else: Real log burner, hamper on arrival, classic car hire.

What they say: “Part of a unique detached house full of character in An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Luxurious 2 room downstairs dwelling with exposed beams throughout.”

Book here, from £56/night.

 

 #4 The Stables and Hayloft

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Where: Just outside Ledbury

Why: This timber-framed, former hayloft has been converted with character to feel cosy in the winter and to open up in the summer – and it’s less than two miles from Guardian-approved shopping mecca, Ledbury (link).

What else: Candles, a bi-folding balcony, a free-standing bath and a super King bed.

What they say: “It’s a quiet and relaxing place, perfect for a romantic getaway. Overlooking the Hop Kilns gardens and duck pond and beautiful Herefordshire countryside the building has been designed with comfort in mind, but also character.” 

Book here, from £105/night.

 

#5 Adam Lodge gatehouse

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Where: Pudlestone

Why: This stunning stone gatehouse comes complete with to the private estate. And a sauna.

What else: Hot tub, private lakes and woodland, woodburner.

What they say: “Adam Lodge is one of a pair of delightful matching gatehouse lodges at the main entrance to Pudleston Court, set amidst a stunning backdrop of beautiful open countryside, lakes, ancient woodland and carefully tended grounds.”

Book here, from £200/night.

 

#6 The Cefn shepherds hut

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Where: Brilley

Why: With no-one but the sheep for miles, this is a real rustic hideaway with some spectacular views, six miles from Hay-on-Wye.

What else: King-sized bed, wood-burning stove, feather duvet.

What they say: “Overlooking the Wye valley and the Black Mountains, this luxurious Hut provides a peaceful retreat in a stunning location.”

Book here, from £90/night.

 

#7 The Hive

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Where: Near Titley

Why: This is a Bohemian, cosy cabin to hide away in with a huge deck built to take in some pretty spectacular views.

What else: Outdoor furniture, hill-walking, old-school stove.

What they say: You could not wish to be better placed, to enjoy the enviable position on the English/Welsh border. Say goodbye to the everyday rat race and enjoy the peace.”

Book here, from £95/night.

 

#8 Troy Lodge barn

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Where: Near Monmouth

Why: This is an open-plan, modern-style barn conversion that lets you sleep in the eaves and wander the four acres of woods, river and pastureland. Or just watch Netflix.

What else: Mezzanine bedroom, jacuzzi bath, Water Rower.

What they say: “Troy Lodge Barn is the ultimate getaway to explore the Wye Valley and this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The barn is very spacious and well equipped and has been well thought out to make our guests stay as comfortable as possible.”

Book here, from £105/night.

 

#9 Sixteenth century tower on a private estate

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Where: Much Marcle

Why: Live like a lord or a lady for the night in this renovated win of a private country house near Ledbury.

What else: Rustic kitchen, wood-burning stove, wood-beamed ceiling.

What they say: “Romantic double bedroom accommodation in the Homme House Estate's private 16th c. tower. Beautiful rural setting and views. Good country pubs nearby.”

Book here, from £100/night.

 

#10 Herdwick hot tub cabin

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Where: Upper Sapey

Why: A modern cabin, next to a great pub, with a new hot tub.

What else: Wood-fired pizzas, fire pit/BBQ, king-size bed.

What they say: “Herdwick is a lovely countryside lodge with a private hot tub nestling in beautiful countryside on the Herefordshire / Worcestershire borders. It's perfect for a few days away from it all relaxing in the hot tub and enjoying the food and drink at the award-winning Baiting House country pub and restaurant.”

Book here, from £93/night.

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