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Visit the vineyards of Gloucestershire & Herefordshire and enjoy great English wine!

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Drink | 0 comments

IF YOU’RE thinking of visiting English vineyards this summer, here are two you can’t miss. History and stunning locations as well as excellent wines to buy – what else could you want from an English vineyard! Bodenham Wine at Broadfield Court Keith James planted 14 acres of vineyards when he bought Broadfield Court, a former monastery, in 1968. Broadfield Court, an ancient 1,000-acre farm estate, is also mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Manager Felicity Gibbs says: “The vineyards are ring-fenced by 1,000 acres and there’s not a house or telegraph pole in site – all we hear are the cows and the birds here. The soil and sunshine make the wine beautiful and drinkable – it’s difficult to find a site like this with views for miles.”   Today, the James family, led by Mark and Alexandra, produces...

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10 stunning secrets of Herefordshire

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013 in Drink, Events, Food & Drink, Places to visit & stay | 2 comments

IF YOU haven’t visited Herefordshire yet, or don’t know much about it, then perhaps the locals are keeping the secrets of one of the most glorious counties in Britain to themselves. You can’t blame them if they are. Over the years, Herefordshire’s outstanding natural beauty has bewitched writers such as CS Lewis who fell in love with its Golden Valley and spent many happy days walking or enjoying the scenery during long, meandering drives. The county is hilly, green, colourful and so diverse because of the many animals, fruit farms, orchard, rivers and historic country houses to visit on a day out exploring. Here are 10 things about Herefordshire you won’t want to miss anytime of the year: 1. The Golden Valley The Golden Valley in Wick is near the historic ‘book town’ of Hay-on-Wye where the annual Hay...

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