In the Area
There is lots to do around Rough Acre and it is an ideal base from which to explore Herefordshire, Shropshire and Wales.
We are just a few miles from the town of Kington and the Offa’s Dyke path, the trail of which follows the 8th Century dyke built by King Offa to separate England from Wales.
The Stagg Inn at Titley is five minutes from the house and is a very special pub with a michelin star. Just a couple of miles through Kington sitting on a hill is The Harp a pub recommended for its good food and fantastic views. Close by outside Pembridge is the Cider Barn cafe bar and restaurant.
Arts and Music
Presteigne, just ten minutes away and famous for its two arts and music festivals. The Presteigne Festival of Arts and Music which takes classical music to unusual local venues is held each year in August and the rock and pop festival Sheep Music which takes over a local field in late July. It is a sleepy town with some interesting shops and pubs and the fine medieval Church of St Andrew. The River Lugg just below the church marks the border with England – Presteigne’s Welsh name is Llanandras.
Hay on Wye
Further afield is Hay on Wye, a charming town set in the beautiful foothills of the Black Mountains on the River Wye. It is a wonderful place to browse for hours with its bookshops, antiques shops and great restaurants including St John’s Place, Richard Booth’s Book Shop Cafe and out of town The Bulls Head at Craswall, a fabulous old drover’s inn. Hay is well known for its Literary festival held in late May which Bill Clinton phrased as the ‘Woodstock of the mind’. At the same time – How the Light Gets in – is held and is reckoned to be the world’s largest philosophy festival.
Ludlow which is within 20 miles, is a lovely town with outstanding Georgian architecture and a virtually intact medieval castle. It has some excellent restaurants including the Green Cafe, The Fish House, Ludlow Cicchetti and La Becasse. The Ludlow food festival is held in the castle grounds in early September – full of fantastic food and drink to try and to buy!
There are also food festivals at Ludlow in May, Shobdon in June, Brampton Bryon in July, Abergavenny and Ludlow in September and Hereford in October. Monkland cheese dairy and Dunkertons cider are also really interesting places to visit.
Local gardens and galleries –
Bryan’s Ground, Stapleton near Presteigne.
Stockton Bury Gardens, Kimbolton near Leominster.
Whimble nursery, gardens and cafe near Kinnerton.
Hergest Croft Gardens, Kington.
The Water Gardens, Pembridge.
The Sidney Nolan Trust near Presteigne, regular exhibitions of work by Sidney Nolan and other artists, workshops, talks and concerts in this beautifully restored tithe barn.
The Workhouse, Presteigne has an ever changing programme of exhibitions and events with a great cafe.
St Michael’s Church, Discoed near Presteigne with its remarkable 5000 year old Yew Tree, holds interesting exhibitions and concerts.
H Art is Herefordshire’s annual open studio event taking place over nine days in September.
The local listing magazine, Broad Sheep, has all the up to date information about exhibitions, concerts and theatre in the area.