HERE AND THERE – THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT
There is evidence of a settlement in Brierley from pre-Saxon times. In Old English, Brierley means “woodland clearing where briars grow”. We hope that there aren’t too many of those in the immediate vicinity, but go for a walk along one of the footpaths near the house, and you may be lucky to find some laden with blackberries!
Today, the area still holds a special place in English history. This border county is steeped in history and legend. You will find cottages and castles, gardens and farms that appear to have changed very little over the centuries. You will find a decidedly slower pace of life here- the ideal start to a relaxing rural escape!
The Well House provides an excellent base for exploring the unspoilt Herefordshire landscape. Occupying a quiet, yet accessible rural location, the wealth of local footpaths wending behind the house deserve exploration. The house lies close to the Mortimer Trail and Offa’s Dyke Path, three National Trust properties and numerous award-winning pubs (one with Michelin stars). Hops are still grown locally – check out the beer from the Wye Valley Brewery! Ludlow a little way north is home to the Slow Food Movement and a lovely medieval town worth a visit. The market town of Leominster is only 2 miles away. The cathedral city of Hereford, home of the Mappa Mundi is 12 miles distant. Beyond that, Wales beckons. The Brecon Beacons and the Elan Valley are all within striking distance.