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Herefordshire is a fine rural border county, renowned for its beautiful property for sale and unspoilt countryside, historic buildings, Hereford cattle and varied agricultural produce. It is the gateway to the Welsh Marches and the bridge between the busy Cotswolds and Wales. The county lies southwest of the Midlands and stretches from the Malvern Hills in the east to the Black Mountains in the West. At the heart of the county is the Cathedral City of Hereford.
This predominantly agricultural county is characterised by beautiful homes for sale, apple orchards, potato crops, undulating countryside and traditional “black and white” village houses. Historically, Herefordshire was the scene of much border conflict between the English and the Celts and today there are many Castle ruins and ancient fortifications to explore, the most remarkable of which is Offa’s Dyke – a popular tourist destination and walking route.
The River Wye runs through the county and has influenced its distinctive countryside. The Wye Valley is famous for its natural beauty, breathtaking scenery and outdoor activities, this area is now classified as an AONB – Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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The thriving market town of Ledbury is situated in fabulous Herefordshire countryside characterised by traditional orchards and hop fields. The town nestles below the Malvern Hills and is at the centre of the Three Counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire. Ledbury is often referred to as the ‘gateway to the west’ and is the perfect starting point for exploring the Marches and Welsh borders. Black and white half-timbered buildings abound in the old town, centred on the 17th century Market House, which is still regularly used today for market trading. Located in Ledbury are delicatessens, traditional butchers and high quality greengrocers as well as several galleries, craftsmen, a gunsmith and country clothing specialist. The Feathers Hotel and The Talbot Hotel are good examples of 16th Century coaching Inns and there are plenty of other well respected restaurants and attractive pubs to visit in the town and surrounding area.
Ledbury is within 10 minutes of the motorway network (junction 2, M50) and the A417 provides good access via Swindon to the east. London is less than 2½ hours away (there are fast trains from Malvern & Gloucester), Cheltenham and Worcester 40 minutes away, with Hereford 20 minutes to the west. Birmingham and Bristol are both within about an hour of the town via the easily accessible M50/M5 motorway network.
Hereford was one of the first towns founded in England after the end of Roman Rule. Early Hereford was a frontier town on the border between kingdoms inhabited by the ancestors of the Welsh and the English, before the established boundaries of what now form England and Wales.
After the Norman Conquest in 1066 Hereford became an important border town of the Welsh Marches, principally for defence of the kingdoms. Hereford is known the world over for its cattle, cider & hops, The Old House (built in 1621) and the Cathedral (dating from 1079), which houses the Mappa Mundi. During recent years Hereford has become well known for its cider making, hop growing and significant agricultural production. The county also hosts a number of world leading businesses.
Hereford offers a wide range of local and national shops, along with an excellent range of leisure activities. With great communication links and fabulous countryside, this is a popular county for great country living.
Ross-on-Wye is situated in an elevated position, on sand cliffs overlooking the River Wye, and is well placed for accessing the heart of Herefordshire and the Wye Valley, situated close to the A40/M50 mid point between Ledbury and Monmouth. The name “Ross-on-Wye” originates from the Celtic language for “a promontory”.
Ross offers a range of independent shops, art galleries and antiques shops and is ideally situated for commuting to the Midlands and the Welsh borders and convenient for access throughout Herefordshire.