The Local Area

There are many things to do and see in the area. Here are some examples.

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Activity Providers »

Canoeing

Paddle down the river Wye in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The water is novice friendly but it also has the occasional rapid to liven things up. You will be paddling in pairs in open canoes and can often see peregrine falcons, kingfishers, buzzards and the full riot of nature that this river can offer.

This is a great introduction for complete novices or those of a delicate disposition (EG hung-over). We can introduce you to team water polo, and relay races if you want some more action.

For more details contact Michael Downey on

01989566672  or  07854819142

http://www.lifechangingactivities.co.uk/

or

http://www.monmouthcanoe.co.uk/

 

Caving

The same rocks that you canoe under also contains cave systems formed eons ago. If you have never tried caving you must give it a try. There is the initial thrill of fear of the unknown but once below ground there is an element of stillness and tranquillity that cannot be experienced anywhere else. Slightly further afield you can visit caves both wet and dry that have huge caverns and features that will surprise and amaze.This is a great group bonding activity, caving is really nothing like most people expect and I find groups of friends really enjoy it.

For more details contact Michael Downey on

01989566672  or  07854819142

michael@lifechangingactivities.com

http://www.lifechangingactivities.com/

 

Climbing

With one of the most popular cliffs in the country on our doorstep we can offer climbing for all levels in amongst some wonderful scenery. Imagine scrambling up rock in a wooded valley with the River Wye directly below. The views are fantastic and the buzz when you get to the top, indescribable.

Recent advances in climbing equipment have made this an extremely safe activity. You will be assisting each other to get to the top and with so many climbs to choose from, all levels of fitness and ability are catered for.

This type of activity often suits parties of mixed ability and fitness as you can do as little or as much as you like so there is always something for everyone to do.

For more details contact Michael Downey on

01989 566672  or  07854819142

michael@lifechangingactivities.com
 www.LifeChangingActivities.com

or try www.summitmountaineering.com Tel :- 07896947557  based in Symonds yat.

 

Gorge Walking and Abseiling

Gorge walking is the ultimate in outdoor thrills. You will be scrambling down river beds, crawling under waterfalls and abseil into lichen covered chasms. Your challenge will be to stay dry for as long as possible. When you do get wet the fun really starts with short climbs up small waterfalls, natural obstacle courses and plunge pools – finishing off at the car park and warm dry clothing.
Monmouthshire has beautiful gorges that you can enjoy just a short drive from your accommodation, and once you have tried it there are more gorges to be explored in the Brecon Beacons and beyond. Upperfield Farm clients can have a special rate for a gorge walk combined with an abseil off a 40′ bridge in the same location.

Gorge walking and abseiling are fantastic team building activities, groups are encouraged to work together to ensure that all members of the party feel supported and included within the team a really good stag or hen party activity.

For more details contact Michael Downey on

01989566672  or  07854819142

michael@lifechangingactivities.com

www.LifeChangingActivities.com

 

Team Challenge

Team Challenge is a fantastic activity for all ages and abilities and is extremely popular with hen parties. The activity takes place in the area around your accommodation so you don’t have to travel anywhere. The basic idea is that your party is split into teams with each team having its own guide/scorekeeper. The teams then have to compete against each other and against the clock. It’s fantastic fun and everybody has some skill that the team can use as there are a huge range of games, puzzles and challenges to choose from. Some challenges will be mental, some physical, some creative and others just crazy. The challenge usually finishes in the heated swimming pool with Crocodile Frenzy – a game of tactics, planning and unbelievable stupidity. Finally there is the prize- giving with various awards and unbridled celebration.

For more details contact Michael Downey on

01989566672  or  07854819142

michael@lifechangingactivities.com

www.LifeChangingActivities.com

 

Monnow events, Kentchurch

For quad trekking, 4×4 off road driving, archery, paintballing, go-carts, clay pigeon shooting, climbing and survival, try Monnow Events.

It is a fantastic venue situated high up on Garway hill with wonderful views and runs down to the River Monnow and has lots to offer those with energy, enthusiasm and a keen sense of adventure.

It is just 7.8 miles or 14 minutes drive from Little Gaerfields.

Please contact Russell on 01981 240 800 or info@monnowevents.co.uk

 

Walks
www.geocaching.com is brilliant if you need to entertain the children and an incentive to get out in the fresh air away from the cosy wood burner( all the better when you come back). It involves tracking down hidden boxes around the countryside and adding your name to the book inside and perhaps exchanging a small gift. There are a few within 5 miles of our postcode and some you can walk from Little Gaerfields to find.

www.walk4life.info is a way of planning walks or jogging before the holiday.

A gentle stroll out of the farmyard and turning first right at every junction will bring you back to Little Gaerfields ( about 1 mile)

For a longer walk or jog turn left out of the farmyard and then turn right at every road junction will bring you back  home. ( 6 miles)

There are  books and maps in Little Gaerfields for you to use or you can checkout the walk4life web site and be able to plan walks and mileage before arrival.

Famous walks in Herefordshire are Offa’ Dyke, The Herefordshire Trail, The Wye Valley walk, The Blosssom Trail, The Daffiodil walk.

www.treasuretrails.co.uk is a web site offering custom made walks with lots of clues and a mystery to solve.

www.monmouthwalkersarewelcome.org.uk

 

Cycling

For those that bring their own bikes they can be stored in the courtyard or under cover in the play barn.

To hire bikes contact www.pedalaway.co.uk they are based in the Royal Forest of Dean close to the sculpture trail and also in Monmouth. The Monmouth trail follows the river Wye to Symonds Yat. It’s quite easy to spend a day at Symonds Yat as there is a maze to explore, a boat for trips down the river, the famous Yat Rock and perigrine falcons and Herefordshire’s most famous view, plus some really good pubs to quench your thirst or lunch by the river. The Forest of Dean has many interesting tracks and and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

 

Fishing

There are two rivers to fish, the Wye and Monnow. A licence is needed from the local fishing tackle shop in Ross-on-Wye.

The neighbouring farm, Trippenkennett Farm has two fishing lakes.

www.tkfarm.co.uk

 

Musical, mystery and others
www.hauntedmysteryweekend.co.uk  – Sue Baxter and Alexander Rain 07775797859 – highly recommended

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www.murdertomeassure.co.uk   – Tel :- 01460 241 915

Tailor made and off the peg murder mystery evenings which have been a great success when combined with Caire from Old Shires whipping up a wonderful feast in the cool calm and collected way she does when someone is been done away with before her very eyes.

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Corporate Entertainment with David Hughes  Tel:- 01568 77012

Have a go and be judged on your sheep dog and duck handling skills.

Very funny and entertaining.

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HEREFORDSHIRE HISTORY
For something a little different Penny Platts will visit Little Gaerfields and give a talk and slide show on the historic places of Herefordshire. You will know what to look for in the old houses, churches and villages etc. Be able to see and understand through Penny so much more of this wonderful county and what it has to offer. The talks are light hearted and fun, a truly entertaining speaker. email :- penny@platts31.freeserve.co.uk tel:- 01981 550150

Also on the theme of history, Garway have a popular History group who explore Herefordshire with guided walks, participate in digs and hold meeting at Garway village hall.  www.garway.org.uk

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Musical  and story telling evenings are also held in Garway Village hall.

www.garwaylive.com

Places to visit »

There are many wonderful castles to visit in the area with Goodrich (6.7 miles)the closest.

Raglan(13.9 miles) castle is one of the biggest castles in the area whilst  White Castle (10.9 miles), Grosmont (9.3 miles)and Skenfrith (4.2 miles) are the three points on the Three castles walk.

Guided visits to Garway Church (3.8 miles) can be arranged; it is famous for its connectons with the Knights Templars and having one of the best-preserved medieval dovecotes in the UK.

Kentchurch Court, (8.1miles),which has been shown on TV, is a lovely old house with gardens that can be visited. It makes a wonderful venue for dinner, which can be arranged on request.

Tregate bridge (5 miles)on the River Monnow is one of our favourite places for taking the children to play by the river and to follow the scenic footpath to The Bell at Skenfrith.

Local pubs and places to eat »

The local pub is The Royal Arms at Llangrove which is about 1.8 miles via the footpath. Tel:- 01989 770 267 and a great favourite with guests for Sunday lunch.

The Bell at Skenfrith Tel :- 01600 750 235 Michelin pub of the year 2007

The Roadmaker tel:- 01989 720 352

The Saracens Head , Symonds Yat Tel :- 01600 890435

The Inn-on-the-Wye, Tel:- 01600 890872

The Mill Race, Walford :- 01989 565891

The Royal, Ross-on-Wye. Tel :- 01989  565105

Ye Old Ferrie Inn Tel:- 01600 890232

The Wye Knot Inn Tel :- 01600 890501

The Misbah, Monmouth – Indian – Tel :- 01600 714940

Full House , Monmouth – Chinese – Tel :- 01600 712888

Aa Hann Thai 01600 228050  www.aahaathai.com

Events »

For festivals in Herefordshire try  www.herefordshire.gov.uk

May – www.hayfestival.com

June – www.poetry-festival.com – Dragon boat race in Monmouth www.stdavidfoundation.co.uk – www.raglan-festival.org

July www.3choirs.org – www.monmouthfestival.co.uk

www.borderlinefilmfestival.co.uk

August – www.monmouthshow.co.uk

September www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com – www.h-artherefordshire.gov.ukwww.newentonionfayre.org – www.monmouthraftrace.co.uk – www.rosscider.com – www.ciderroute.co.uk – www.hertiageopendays.org

October – Big Apple Weekend  www.bigapple.org.uk – Hereford food feastival www.herefordshirefoodfestival.com – www.walkinginmonmouthshire.co.uk

November www.photofest.org –  www.h-craftfair.co.uk

ACTIVITIES
http://www.oldfieldforge.co.uk
a workshop day in working with metal, well worth checking out if you are after something a little differnet for your holiday and great fun.
http://sushiqueen.co.uk
Keiko Yamamoto is our sushi queen and Japanese caterer, she also gives cookery lessons.
http://www.laseropes.co.uk/
www.inspire2adventure.co.uk
http://www.lifechangingactivities.com/
www.treasuretrails.co.uk
http://www.monnowevents.co.uk/
http://www.courtfarmleisure.co.uk/
http://www.paulpriestley.com
http://www.goape.co.uk/
http://www.livelifeevents.co.uk/
http://www.wyedean.co.uk/
http://www.wye-pursuits.co.uk/
http://www.chessgroveshooting.co.uk/
http://www.tgsbowling.co.uk/
http://www.monmouthcanoe.com/
http://www.techniquest.org/
http://www.motiva.co.uk/
http://www.recklessdesigns.com/
http://www.whitecliff4x4.co.uk/
http://www.severnwyellamatrekking.co.uk/
www.ultimate-breakaway.co.uk
www.taauk.com
http://www.mazes.co.uk/
http://www.herefordshireraceway.org.uk/
http://www.creativebreaks.co.uk
http://www.biscuit-boutique.com
www.rayeesasindiankitchen.com – something differnet – Rayeesa will come to the house and give an Indian cookery class or demo and to finish you have a deightful meal to eat. Tel:- 07570912922

www.wine-works.co.uk  and http://wine-works.co.uk/hen-part-tasting/    Another that comes highly recommended.

ACTIVITIES  AT  NIGHT

www.murdertomeasure.co.uk
www.butlersinthebuff.co.uk
www.buffnakedbutlers.co.uk. will give discount if you tell them you are staying at Little Gaerfields

www.cocktailsandgames.co.uk

 

BEAUTY THERAPISTS and MASSAGE
Fenn Watkins :- 07969 913063  www.no9beautyboutique.co.uk
Ross Herbal & Natural Health Centre  01989 768 437
Remedial, sports and holistic massage – Heather Hamilton Tel:- 01989 730248 or 07813155297
Lisa Wise tel :- 01600 750586  ,  Therapeutic massage, aromatherapy, craniosacral therapy and massage including a facial from the Neals Yard range. I can also provide a ‘Neals Yard Party’ in which you get to try the  products and have a mini facial/hand massage.
I also teach Yoga.
www.vanillamoon.biz
www.orchidspadays.co.uk

For a taster session of Tai Chi or massage contact on 01981580 or 07866989483
www.josongmassagetherapy.co.uk  
     Jo lives close by ,check out her web site for details and contact her directly

Green tea massage etc www.partYSeal.co.uk phone 01981240814  or email    Greentea @therapist.co.uk

CANOE AND KAYAKING
http://www.monmouthcanoehire.20m.com/
http://www.canoehire.com/
www.ultimate-canoeandkayak.co.uk
www.leftbankcanoehire.co.uk

CASTLES

www.english-heritage.org.uk/goodrich
http://www.eastnorcastle.com/
http://www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/ Chepstow Castle, Raglan Castle, White Castle, Caerphilly Castle
http://www.caldicotcastle.co.uk/
http://www.cardiffcastle.com/
Goodrich, Skenfrith, Grosmont, Whitecastle are all local

CHEF OR ONSITE CATERING


Please contact these Chef’s for menus and prices

Caire from Catering with Caire Tel 01981 580 014

Elana  will come in and cook tapas and paella Tel o7717057363  or 01792229326  www.facebook.com/elelittlekitchen

Ane will come in and cook a beautiful meal for you or come in and teach you how to cook Thai food. www.aahaathai.com

http://sushiqueen.co.uk
Keiko Yamamoto is our sushi queen and Japanese caterer, she also gives cookery lessons.

Another local chef – Pav’s Kitchen – Pavinee Taruschio- Jones 07974 439 714 email pavinee@hotmail.co.uk
Christine Catering Tel 01432 352152
A 2 Zest Events Tel 91432 341120
Golden Valley Catering  Tel 07802750923
Imaginative Gourmet Tel 07802 750 923
www.janewhite-catering.co.uk 
www.joshuascatering.co.uk
Taste  Tel 07799002826

www.buffettwentythreebrecon.weebly.com

CIDER AND VINEYARDS

Broadfield Court and Gardens Vineyard 01568 797 483
Coddington Vineyard 01531 640 668
Frome Valley Vineyard 01885 490 768
Lyne Down Cider 07756 108 501
Westons Cider 01531 660 233
http://www.cidermuseum.co.uk/

CRAFTS
htt://www.jennie.ragrug.freeuk.com/
http://www.craftsandgiggles.com

CYCLING
www.wyevalleybikehire.co.uk
http://www.pedalaway.co.uk/

DANCE AND EXERCISE
http://www.workoutwithtasha.co.uk/ zumba etc

FARM ATTRACTIONS

Monkland Cheese 01568 720 307
National Snail Farm 01432 760 218
September Daries 01544 327 849
Country Flavours ltd Wynnes 01568 797 314

FARM PARKS

http://www.owlcentre.com/
Shortwood Working Dairy Farm

FESTIVALS

University of the Great Outdoors Festival is in  May for full details
www.visitherefordshire.co.uk
http://www.walkingfestival.com/ Summer walking festival
www.3choirs.org
www.poetry-festival.co.uk.
FISHING

http://www.fodac.freeserve.com/
http://www.lowerpenyclawddfarm.co.uk/
http://www.grangespringsfishing.co.uk/
next door is Trippenkenet Farm Lakes Tel :- 01981580442

FLORIST

www.greatbritshflowers.co.uk  beautiful arrangements of locally grown flowers
Likes Tel:- 01989 562 956
Posies Tel:- 0143 2264 422

FOOD

www.pengethleyfarmshop.com
tel:- 01989730430
email:- sale.pfs@btconnect.com
Try local bacon, BBQ meat, sausages ,etc

www.trecorrasfarm.co.uk

Our neighbours  at Trecorras farm sell boxed kid meat and will deliver to Little Gaerfields ready for you to cook by BBQ or in the kitchen. A curry box feeds about 6 for about £20. Please order  a week before your arrival as it is all freshly prepared. As seen on TV with Kate Humble on the programme “Back to the Land”

www.turnerstradional.co.uk — icecream and nuts

www.SchoolofLivingRawFoods.com Dawn offers workshop days or evenings of Raw Food Living at Little Gaerfields.
“You are what you eat”   have a fun filled day and learn how to make and taste raw food meals and improve your health and vitality

GARDENS


GOLF

http://www.grovegolf.co.uk/
http://www.foresthillsgolfclub.co.uk/
http://www.monmouthgolfclub.co.uk/
http://www.newentgolfclub.co.uk/
http://www.herefordshiregolf.co.uk/
http://www.richardballardgolf.com 

HEREFORDSHIRE HISTORY
For something a little different get Penny Platts to come to the holiday house and give you a talk and slide show on the historic places of Herefordshire. You will know what to look for in the old houses, churches and villages etc. Be able to see and understand through Penny so much more of this wonderful county and what it has to offer. The talks are light hearted and fun, a truly entertaining speaker. email :- penny@platts31.freeserve.co.uk tel:- 01981 550150

HERITAGE
Arthur’s Stone Dorstone
Earlisland Dovecote 01544 388 226
Mortimers Cross Hill and Battle Centre 01568 708 820

HISTORIC HOUSES
http://www.helensmanor.com/
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ Brockhampton, Berrington Hall, Croft Castle,
HOLIDAY INSURANCE
http://www.guestfirst.co.uk/?aff=upp2

HORSE RIDING
http://www.grafton-farm.co.uk/

LOCAL
www.llangarron.info.  village web site with local news
www.hilltopbop.com Birds of Prey in village for demo’s and experince days

MARQUEES
www.williamsmarquees.co.uk
MUSEUMS

Cider Museum & King Offa’s Distillery, Hfd, 01432 354 207
Butcher’s Row, Ledbury 01531 632 511
Coningsby Medieval Museum, 01432 342 908
The Jubilee Maze Museum 01600 890 360
The Old House, Hereford 01432 260 694
Waterworks Museum 01432 344 062
PUBLIC HOUSES

The Royal Arms, Llangrove 01989 770267 – you can walk to across footpaths. 1.6 miles, sensible shoes/boots/wellies
They also do takeaways, maybe they will deliver, worth asking.
The Old Court , Whitchurch   http://www.oldcourthotel.co.uk about 5 miles away close to Symonds Yat and lots of attractions
Red Lion, Peterstow, A49 Tel:-01989 730 202 The Bridge at Kentchurch 01981240408
Harewood End, on the A49       Tel :- 01989 730637
Garway Moon           Tel :-01600750270
Saracens Head, Symonds Yat  Tel :- 01600 890435
The Mill Race

RESTAURANTS
Yaks N’ Yetis, Ross Tel :- 01989 564 963

SUPERMARKETS
Waitrose, Monmouth 5 miles
Marks and Spencers food hall, Monmouth
Morrissons, Ross-on-Wye, 6 miles
Somerfield, Ross-on-Wye
Tesco, Hereford 12 miles
Morrisson’s, Hereford
Sainsbury, Hereford and Ross-on-Wye

TAXIS
Trever’s Taxi’s has 4×4’s etc :- 07876246157
Alan’s Tel:- 01989 563 297
A1 , DAZ Tel:- 01989768738, Tudor :- 01989 563 838
Rainbow Tel:- 01989 563 568
www.herefordshirechauffeur.co.uk

TOURS AND GUIDES
http://www.marchestourstalks.co.uk

WALKS
http://www.rural-concierge.co.uk
http://www.bestwalks.com/
http://www.walkherefordshire.com/
http://www.herefordguidedwalks.org.uk/

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Local transport »

Taxis and local transport

S&R’s             Tel :- 01989 566 246

Trever’s Taxi has 4×4’s etc  Tel :- 07876246157

Alan’s taxi   Tel :- 01989 563 297

A1, Daz         Tel:- 01989 768 738 0r Tudor :- 07876246157

 

For something a little different, try a pink stretch limo.

Tel :- 01989 563 567 or 0778 688 6098

Perfect for hen parties, weddings etc.

 

The local bus runs between Hereford and Monmouth.  The nearest bus stop is Llancloudy which is just half a mile from Little Gaerfields.

The nearest train station are  Hereford (about 12 -14 miles), Ledbury, Gloucester or Newport.

www.herefordshirechauffeur.co.uk with David Cunningham

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