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Cider Trails in Hereford


Nestled along the border of England and Wales, Herefordshire and Ross-on-Wye have long been renowned for their wealth of orchards and exceptional cider production. These picturesque landscapes provide the perfect setting for cider tours, offering an immersive experience that combines the exploration of idyllic countryside, cultural heritage, and the art of cider making.

Herefordshire is particularly celebrated for its rich cider heritage. The county is home to a plethora of cider farms, many of which have been run by the same families for generations. The cider tours in Herefordshire are not just about tasting this delicious beverage. They offer a journey into the heart of rural England, where the traditions of cider making have been preserved and continue to thrive.

Apple trees for cider making -

A cider tour in Herefordshire typically begins with a stroll through sprawling apple orchards, where visitors get a chance to learn about the different apple varieties used in cider production. Many tours also feature interactive workshops where participants can learn about the entire cider-making process, from apple picking to pressing, fermenting, and bottling. Some farms even allow visitors to get hands-on, whether that means pressing their own apple juice or helping with the harvest.

Tours often culminate in a tasting session, where guests can sample a range of ciders and perries. These can vary from the crisp and tangy to the rich and sweet, reflecting the diversity of apple varieties and cider-making techniques across Herefordshire. Some farms also produce specialty products like cider brandy or apple aperitifs, offering even more unique tasting experiences.

glasses of cider from Herefordshire -

Just a stone's throw away, Ross-on-Wye is equally steeped in cider traditions. This small market town in Herefordshire is surrounded by many independent cider producers, making it an ideal base for cider enthusiasts. Ross-on-Wye Cider and Perry Company, in particular, is a must-visit. Their cider tours are renowned for showcasing traditional methods of cider production, using natural yeasts and fermenting in old oak barrels.

Visitors to Ross-on-Wye can also enjoy the town's annual Cider Festival in September  This event brings together local producers for a weekend of tastings, live music, and traditional cider-making demonstrations. It's an excellent way to sample a wide range of ciders and perries while soaking up the vibrant local atmosphere.

Ross-on-Wye and Herefordshire cider tours are not just for cider connoisseurs. They offer something for everyone, from stunning countryside views and historic sites to delicious local food and warm hospitality. They provide a unique way to delve into this charming corner of England, steeped in centuries-old traditions and a deep love for apples and cider. Whether you're a cider aficionado or just curious about this traditional craft, cider tours in Herefordshire and Ross-on-Wye offer an unforgettable experience.

Orchard in Herefordshire -

In conclusion, the cider tours in Herefordshire and Ross-on-Wye offer a multi-sensory journey into the rich history and art of cider making. They take visitors through the entire process, from the apple orchard to the cider press, and finally to the tasting room. And beyond the delicious cider, they offer an intimate view of the English countryside, its people, and its culture. It's a journey that appeals to both the palate and the spirit, leaving visitors with a deeper appreciation for the craft of cider making and the region's unique heritage.

While all of our big house holiday lets are ideal bases to tour the many experiences around the Wye Valley, The Anchor holiday house is in just the right spot for the trails linked below. Located in Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean, this charming village pub has been transformed into a cosy holiday cottage for large groups. With a history dating back to the 15th century, the cottage maintains its old-world charm while incorporating modern updates. The accommodation features 7/8 en-suite bedrooms, accommodating up to 22 guests. The cottage boasts a bar and a wood burning stove, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The cottage's spacious kitchen is ideal for preparing meals, with a 20-seat dining table to accommodate everyone.

Click here for three circular cider trails great for cycling or in the car

Click here for information about individual cider makers in the area who welcome visitors to learn about and sample their lovely Ciders and Perry’s. 

  • Orchard House

    Prices from £2,200.00

    farmhouse and annexe sleeps up to 24 people in 10 bedrooms and is ideal for family occasions, birthday celebrations, reunions, and holiday breaks. Walk through the fields into your own private woodland, bike on traffic free lanes, canoe or cruise the nearby River Wye, enjoy unlimited local activities and award winning pubs and restaurants. Hot tub hire available and well behaved hens are welcomed. Stunning Spanish riding horses bred on site. pet friendly. Big games room and ground floor bedroom/shower room for limited mobility guests.

    • 10 Bedrooms
    • 2 kitchens
    • Large TV Lounge
    • 8 bath and shower rooms/loos
    • Hot tub Hire available
  • Wye Rapids House

    Prices from £2,650.00

    11 ensuite bedrooms, converted hotel overlooking the River Wye rapids at Symonds Yat. Large dining room , bar, lounge, patio, riverside garden plus outdoor hot tub (that can be hired) and games room. Plenty of room to relax and enjoy the sights and sound of nature all around you. An ideal pet-friendly cottage for large group holidays. With flat walks and 3 nearby pubs and restaurants, Wye Rapids provides an idyllic retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life for 26 people.

    • 11 ensuite Bedrooms sleeps 26
    • Hot tub hire available
    • All dine together
    • Fully commercial kitchen
    • Offroad parking for 16 cars
  • Holly Tree House

    Prices from £2,200.00

    Charming villa above Symonds Yat, sleeping 22 in 9 bedrooms overlooking River Wye. Two lounges, a large dining room and patio plus covered, outdoor Hot Tub and Games Room. Short walk to 3 pubs (with excellent food), river ferry, and flat riverside circular walk - super pet-friendly. Loads of activities inc canoes and paddle boards. verty safe and secure, no traffic. Ideal multi generation holiday cottage. Holly Tree House provides accommodation in an idyllic retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

    • 9 bedrooms sleeping 12 - 22
    • 8 Bath and Shower/Loos
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Pet Friendly
    • 3 Pub/Restaurants walkable
  • Pencraig Court

    Prices from £3,000.00

    Classic country house sleeping 36 in 11 bedrooms midway between Monmouth and Ross on Wye overlooking the river. Pet friendly, stunning rooms, large grounds, games room. On site 3 bed cottage sleeping a further 8 available. Landscaped grounds and gardens and a sweeping drive with an extensive parking area, totalling 3.6 Acres. Hot tub hire available.

    • 11 Ensuite Bedrooms sleeping 36
    • Attached 3 Bed cottage sleeping 8
    • Games Rooms with Table Football and Pool table
    • Hot tub Hire available
    • Pet Friendly
  • The Manor on the Monnow

    Prices from £3,500.00

    Majestic Manor House sleeping 24 in 11 bedrooms, huge lounge and dining room. Big kitchen and separate breakfast room. Games room and covered Hot Tub in 2 acre safe and private grounds. On the banks of the River Monnow, fishing from garden and wild swimming a very short walk. 10 minute flat stroll into town, the Manor is perfect for town and country group self catering in the picturesque border town of Monmouth. Pet friendly.

    • Games Room and Hot Tub
    • Fishing from riverbank
    • Wild swimming 100 yards
    • Galleried Hall with woodburner
    • 11 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms
  • The Anchor

    Prices from £2,400.00

    Set in the heart of Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean and previously know as The Anchor Inn, this cosy village pub, which dates back to the 15th century, is now a charmingly converted holiday cottage sleeping 20 in 7/8 ensuite bedrooms. Lovely Games Room and covered Hot Tub. Enclosed rear garden, pet friendly. Walk to village pubs, shop and chippie! Easy access to riverside.

    • 7/8 ensuite bedrooms sleep 22
    • G/F room, sofa bed & bathroom
    • Dogs and other pets welcome
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Dine 20 round one table
  • River Wye Lodge

    Prices from £3,300.00

    Converted Coaching Inn on the banks of the River Wye, with park and canoe launch - short walk to village shop, pub, Indian takeaway and fish and chip shop. Sleeps 26 in 12 bedrooms, 10 having glorious views of the River Wye. Accessibility ramp to the front door and the ground floor houses a wheelchair friendly twin room with an en-suite wet room. Huge dining room and lounge, 2 connected kitchens, playground outside. Games Room. Pet friendly.

    • 12 Bedrooms sleeping 26
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Games Room
    • Dine 26 round one table
    • Twin disabled bedroom wet room en suite
  • Forest House

    Prices from £3,000.00

    This 11 ensuite bedroom converted 4* Hotel sleeps up to 25 in the centre of Coleford, the heart of the Forest of Dean - Hot Tub (hire charge) , 3 Lounges , Large dining room, fantastic kitchen. Off road walks and cycling from door. Pet friendly. Short walk to shops, pubs, restaurants. A perfect location for sampling the huge array of activities and attractions in the Forest of Dean.

    • 11 Ensuite bedrooms sleeping 25
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Games Room with Pool Table
    • All Dine Together
    • Pet Friendly for 2 dogs
  • Monnow Valley Studio

    Prices from £3,300.00

    Sleeps 24 in 11 bedrooms , world famous recording studio on banks of the River Monnow, full of memorabilia with Party Room, Games Room, Cinema Room, stunning dining room, huge modern kitchen, hot tub (hire charge) . Pets are not allowed. peaceful, quiet , safe with no traffic, fishing and swimming from the garden. Licensed for Weddings - 50 max.

    • Outdoor Hot Tub
    • Huge soundproof Party Room
    • Games and Cinema Room
    • 11 bedrooms sleeps 24
    • Licensed for weddings up to 50
  • The Cedars

    Prices from £3,150.00

    The Cedars is a lovely Georgian holiday home ideally located in the heart of the village of Whitchurch, in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, and sleeps 16 people.

    • Sleeps 12 - 20
    • 8 bedrooms
    • 5 mins walk to River Wye
    • 4 en-suite bathrooms
    • Walk to 3 pubs/restaurants
  • High Cloud Farm and Barn

    Prices from £2,800.00

    The secluded hilltop retreat of explorer, adventurer, and author Christina Dodwell, High Cloud Farm, a perfect location for 3 generation celebrations, with maps, books, pictures and artefacts in evidence everywhere. This remote rural cottage on the Wales borders offers total privacy as a large party house or holiday retreat. Hot tub and heated Swimming Pool (May till October). farmhouse sleeps 12 and Barn sleeps 12. Everyone can dine together in the Barn. 3 Kitchens, Games Room, pet friendly.

    • Dining table seats 24
    • 10 bedrooms sleeps 24
    • Large games room
    • Heated outdoor swimming pool
    • Covered hot tub
  • Carefree Cottage

    Prices from £600.00

    Carefree Cottage is a pretty 3 bedroom cottage sleeping 8 midway between Ross on Wye and Monmouth

  • Fairlea Grange

    Prices from £1,975.00

    This striking gothic townhouse in the heart of Abergavenny is full of character and inspired Alfred Hitchcock's classic movie The Lady Vanishes. It was the childhood home of Ethel Lina White who wrote the original novel. If you want your stay to evoke a dramatic atmosphere this is the holiday home for you! 9 bedrooms, sleeping up to 24 people with 2 lounges , 2 kitchens , games Room, Hot Tub, enclosed garden in walking distance of town centre and Station. Pet friendly.

    • 9 bedrooms, 7 ensuites
    • Pets Welcome
    • Games Room
    • Covered Hot Tub
    • Near Brecon Beacons