Holling Grange is situated in Abbey Dore, the village is known for Dore Abbey which was built in 1147, for more information on the abbey see Abbey Dore Wikipedia Entry.
Westons cider is produced here and sold at the local farm shop along with their own produced meats.
For plant lovers we have two wonderful perennial plant nurseries at either end of the village.
Holling Grange is a wonderful base to visit the surrounding countryside and discover some of the marvellous attractions this area has to offer. Whether it is walking, fishing, canoeing, eating, music, reading or gardening Herefordshire and Monmouthshire has something to offer you.
The cathedral city of Hereford is 22 miles away. The city itself dates back to the 7th century, with the cathedral being constructed in 1079. The Mappa Mundi, the famous mediaeval map of the world is housed here - see the Visit Herefordshire website.
A lovely place to visit is Church Street which runs up to the cathedral and has the Mouse Trap Cheese shop (local cheese made at Monktons dairy) as well as local restaurants and small clothes boutiques.
The famous book town of Hay on Wye is situated 19 miles away. Along with its diverse range of independent decoration, clothes and antique shops, the town is renowned for its plethora of second hand book sellers and for the legendary Guardian Literary Festival which takes place at the end of May/early June - for more information see www.hayfestival.com. Hay is situated on the River Wye and it is possible to arrange river sports and fishing from here. Hay also has a market on a Thursday morning. Try Shepherds Ice Cream Parlour where they produce a local sheep’s milk ice cream.
Hay is also the gateway to the Brecon Beacons an area of outstanding natural beauty. Excellent walking here or even mountain boarding for the more energetic. If you are interested in Jazz there is the annual Brecon Jazz Festival. For more information on dates, acts and tickets see www.breconbeacons.org.
A special day out consisting of a day on a narrow boat cruising the scenic Brecon Canal and take your picnic lunch with a bottle of wine or bubbly. "Such a perfect family day out, couldn't have got it better if we tried" Robert & Maureen. Has to be booked in advance via www.goytrewharf.com
If you are interested in Jazz at the beginning of August there is the annual Brecon Jazz Festival. For more information on dates, acts and tickets see www.breconjazz.org.
The Green Man festival is held in August in Glanusk Park Estate set in the heart of 20,000 acres of rolling countryside next to the River Usk. For tickets and more information see greenman.net.
Cider cycling routes are available with lots of open days and chances to have a picnic in a local orchard - for more information on cider and perry production see www.ciderroute.co.uk.
Ross on Wye is a historic market town overlooking the River Wye. Market days in Ross are Tuesday and Thursday ( mornings ). On the way to Ross you will pass Baileys Home and Garden, a very interesting set of barns with lots of wonderful objects for sale. A lovely café here for a light lunch or tea and cake. See the Ross-on-Wye Wikipedia entry.
The Annual food festival takes place in Abergavenny each September - very exciting, lots of local producers, wonderful places to eat and well worth a visit. See www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com.
The Welsh border is only 3 miles away, offering miles of stunning countryside and so much more to explore and enjoy.
Just over two miles away is St. Margaret's church with its magnificent rood screen dating back to the late 16th century carved in oak and very rare. For more information visit the Visit Hereford Churches website.
Kilpeck church is also a short drive away. This church was built in 1140 and is known for its wonderful corbels. For more information see the Wikipedia entry.
The Black mountains, Offas Dyke and the Three Castles Walk are all walks we would recommend. Horse riding and bike hire can also be arranged
SPECIAL EVENT WEEKS
Abergavenny Food Festival: A must for food lovers in the area! A great week end in September see www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com.
Border Line Film Festival, end of March beginning of April (Please enquire for details) see www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk.
HOLLING GRANGE : : ABBEY DORE : : HEREFORD : : HR2 0JJ : : +44 (0) 1981 241 531