We love history, and the Herefordshire village of Eardisland is like taking a step back in time. A must-see stop on the region’s Black & White Trail, this countryside haven is famed for its eye-catching half-timbered houses – and one of the most romantic must be Millstream Cottage.
Situated on a small island and accessed via a footbridge over a babbling brook, this cottage is the dream chocolate box hideaway. This semi-detached cottage is small, but perfectly formed, cool and bright in the summer, and cosy in the winter, it’s a sought after year-round retreat for a sneaky getaway. Built in 1652, this beautiful cottage forms part of the original village grammar school. Step inside and you’ll feel yourself whisked back to a quieter, simpler time – but you certainly won’t be missing any luxuries of modern life. Millstream Cottage is equipped with a 40-inch flat screen TV, superfast broadband, a small bath with shower over it, and a comfy king-size bed. A dreamy wood-burning stove and a comforting Aga ensure that nights are toasty even in the coldest of months. Outside you can enjoy a sunny private patio and waterside garden; keep watch by the river, and you might just spot an otter or a kingfisher. If you choose to tear yourself away from the comfort of this one-of-a-kind cottage you’ll find plenty to keep you busy in the surrounding area. From Eardisland it’s just a short drive to Hay-on-Wye, home of the World-famous literary festival, and Ludlow, the lively market town that’s famed for its excellent food. Closer by, you can go antiquing in pretty Leominster, immerse yourself in history at Croft Castle and Berrington Hall, and of course go wandering on a number of unspoilt walking routes, including the Mortimer Trail. Though Millstream cottage is compact and best suited for two, it has everything you need for the plus one babe-in-arms, making it ideal for parents seeking some R&R in the countryside with their new arrival.