With idyllic countryside, pretty market towns and some truly timeless attractions, Herefordshire has some wonderfully romantic places to share quality time with your one and only. But where is the perfect backdrop for an amorous encounter? It’s the type of subject tourist offices all but come to blows over, but in the spirit of love and with Valentine’s Day fast approaching here are our own suggestions:
A place fit for your King or Queen: Eastnor Castle HR8 1RL (3 miles/ 10 mins from us): If the going rate for castles is a bit steep these days, you can at least entertain any fantasies of regal power for the duration of a day out at Eastnor. Grand, imposing and more than a little flamboyant on the part of its 19th Century creators, this faux-medieval curiosity has enough charm and intrigue for a fun day out with your partner. If the bank manager doesn’t have a fit, you could even get married here. More details: http://eastnorcastle.com
Say it with flowers, lots of them: The Picton Garden and Old Court Nurseries, WR13 6QE (6 miles/ 15 mins away): If your favourite lady or gentleman likes flowers, they are sure to be captivated by the sheer range of beautiful and rare breeds at this location. There are over 400 varieties of Michaelmas Daisies alone on site, with plenty to see and take home for your own garden. www.autumnasters.co.uk
A step back in time for two: Church Lane (Ledbury): If shopping is sometimes reviled by modern couples as a romance killer, the cobbled streets of Church Lane could just be that destination to redress the balance. If all too many British shopping hubs seem to contain all the beauty and history of polystyrene cup, here is a fine example of the opposite. Independent stores, cute eateries and beautifully preserved medieval buildings give this place a seductive, laid back charm. A perfect afternoon out for two, including the most miserly of shoppers.
For Words of Love: The Barrett-Browning Institute (Ledbury, HR8 2AD): Should you need any further romantic inspiration, do also look out for this pretty building built in tribute to the great poet and former Ledbury resident Elizabeth Barrett-Browning. And if your own verse is rather lacking in quality, you could always borrow some lines from Elizabeth, whose poem “How Do I Love Thee?” could melt the hardest of hearts:
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight…”
For a romantic break to remember: The Feathers Hotel in Ledbury. Why not treat your soulmate to a perfect lovers’ getaway this Valentine’s Day? Our great value package includes a delicious Valentine’s menu and chic cosy rooms that are simply perfect for two. See here for further details:
Don’t forget, we are also a magical place for weddings in Herefordshire. With the premises having been in existence since 1564, we’ve seen more ceremonies than Zsa Zsa Gabor! See our weddings section for some inspiring ideas and our own special guide to download.