COUNTRY PUBS: Great Welsh Border pubs in easy reach, with more apples grown in Herefordshire than any other county in the UK, The Bridge at Michelchurch Escley is well worth the walk, with a strong local reputation and wide variety of local tipples on offer. The Felin Fach Griffin just outside of Hay on Wye is a strong contender for favourite pub, with a free round of local drinks being offered to Sugar & Loaf guests when dining.
WINE & DINE: Head to Hay on Wye for supper at St Johns or lunch Booths Bookshop Cafe, when you tire of the local pubs. The RIver Cafe in Glasbury is great for lunch coupled with canoe hire on the River Wye. Toi et Moi, in the pretty Golden Valley village of Abbey Dore, is the go to place for romantics, booking essential and those in search of some Michelin glamour, will enjoy The Walnut Tree Inn or Hardwick in Abergavenny.
WALKING: There is some seriously fine walking from the door what ever your level of fitness, from the stunning 2.5 hour walk along Hay Bluff and Black Hill right from the door, to the wider Brecon Beacons National Park and 285 km Offa's Dyke Path, the 8th Century Border between England & Wales for the very keen...or just down the lane to the pub!
CYCLING: As great as the walking, great road biking along the picturesque lanes, to challenging mountain routes up on the hill. There are MBT centres throughout the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains for those who like to get a little muddy! Bike hire is available in nearby Hay on Wye.
LOCAL VILLAGES: Michaelchurch Escley is the nearest, simply a village pub and church, head on down the hill to Longtown for with award winning village store, perfect for the morning papers and to stock up on local supplies, more village pubs and the remains of a Norman Castle, as well as The Monnow Valley Art Centre hidden away in the hills nearby. The village of Vowchurch on the last Saturday of the month hosts a great local farmers market too.
TOUR A TOWN: Hay on Wye, with its famous Literary Festival is just 15 minutes drive away, with 30 plus independent bookshops and stores, as well as some lovely places to eat. Abergavenny is 30 minutes away with the Abergavenny Food Festival each September now proving one of the best in the UK. The Cathedral City of Hereford, with the Mappa Mundi can also be reached in 30 minutes.
CULTURE & CASTLES: The Norman Conquest saw a large number of castles springing up in the Welsh Marches, many of which still remain in some form or other today. White Castle, Skenfrith, Longtown, Grosmont and Raglan Castle are certainly worth a visit for a touch of local history. There are lots of beautiful old churches and abbey's around too, Patrishow Church in the Vale of Grywnne is a particularly lovely example.