Leave the most minor of minor roads for a track, then reach a cluster of buildings around a courtyard – barn, farmhouse, low cottage and former stable. It’s an understated conversion of self-catering spaces that cleverly combines 17th-century character with 21st-century comfort – hot tubs, cosy bedrooms, vast beams, underfloor heating. Groups will love it: 22 can sleep and dine happily together, with space for all in the farmhouse’s vaulted dining hall.
It’s far from crowds, with fields of Hereford cattle leading to walks short and long. Animal and nature lovers will be happy roaming the surrounding hills of Sugar Loaf, Blorenge and Skirrid. The Christophers are engaging hosts, on hand for queries, and have farmed this acreage for over a century.
One of the best sections of Offa’s Dyke runs close by and there are hidden churches and ruined abbeys to discover. Nearby Hay and Abergavenny have festivals and the Brecon Beacons are hard to beat – go walking, fishing, gliding, cycling, canoeing. Watch the woodpeckers in the old fruit trees or climb Pen y Fan – difficult holiday decisions.