Middlewood is mentioned in the Domesday book...'Earl Harold held it 2 Hides.' It was also a medieval Township, which had at least one church and several chapels of 'ease'. Research has revealed it was owned by the Higgins Family from 1777 to 1907 when the Middlewood estate was sold in parcels. The present day maps show that many of the original fields in 1777 remain unchanged today in shape or size, some of which have never been ploughed.
Hereford Nature Trust awarded a gold status for our conservation area, where native orchard trees have been planted along with other large shrubs and trees attractive to birds and butterflies. A naturally occurring pool is the ideal habitat for insects and animals, along with bird nesting boxes and Mason bee tubes.
Three walks of varying lengths have been designed, which can be started from our front gate, therefore once you arrive you don’t have to take the car out unnecessarily to enjoy this beautiful countryside. We are also adjacent to the Wye Valley Walk and make a good base for a night stop en route.
Hay has book, gallery, craft and clothes shops. Herefordshire has numerous gardens, castles, farm centres, cider making, churches, Mappa Mundi, and more. What we don’t have are motorways and long queues, in fact the nearest set of traffic lights is nearly 20 miles away!
Whatever you decide to do the peaceful Herefordshire countryside is a good place to start, and with a comfortable homely base at Cottage farm all you have to do now is decide what to do first. Go on spoil yourself!