Situated only 5 miles from the historic market town of Ludlow, www.ludlow.org.uk , Hazel Cottage is nestled against the backdrop of Mortimer Forest.  This is a truly captivating landscape with rolling hills, hedgerows where wild strawberries and raspberries grow, and forest tracks where deer roam freely. 

 

The unhurried pace of life in this part of the countryside is perfect for a restorative and relaxing break. There is ample opportunity for walking, with a network of footpaths including the Hereford Way and Mortimer Trail. A short walk from Hazel Cottage will bring you to a cycle hire place. Alternatively you are welcome to bring your own bicycles.

 

Ludlow was described by the poet John Betjeman as "probably the loveliest town in England" and is famous for the preservation of it's ancient architecture and its streets lined with an abundance of individual and interesting shops.  At its centrepiece is its rugged castle which is host to the world famous food and arts festivals. There are a good selection of pubs and eating places in the town which range from snacks to Michelin Star meals. Ludlow has been nicknamed the food capital of the countryside!

 

A bit further south is the cathedral city of Hereford where the famous Mappa Mundi is kept, and the market town of Leominster with its antique and bric-a-brac shops. The nearby Black and White trail leads you through medievel villages with their ancient black and white half timbered buildings.  Hay-on-Wye with it's wealth of bookshops is about 45 mins drive through beautiful countryside. To the north towards Shrewsbury lies the Long Mynd which is excellent walking country with elevated views and waterfalls where you can also try your hand at gliding.  Wales lies just a few miles to the west and the mountains of Snowdonia a day trip away. 

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