There is a great deal to see for those interested in local history and culture, in music and the arts. This is just a flavour of what is on offer. More detailed information is available in information packs in the cottages.
Eardisley is on the Black & White Village Trail, a very pretty tourist route which takes in all the local villages of historic interest.
Pembridge, four miles down the road is a good stopping off point on the trail. It has a church with stunning timber framed detached bell tower, and a good craft shop and art gallery.
Presteigne, 10 miles to the north has a number of interesting houses and shops. The Judges Lodging, a recently restored 18th century court house and judges lodging is well worth a visit. Presteigne hosts an annual music festival at the end of August each year, with the conductor George Vass. It provides an eclectic programme of classical and contemporary music, with new commissions each year.
Hay on Wye, seven miles south west, is internationally famous for its collection of second hand book shops. There are also a range of other interesting shops, and a good craft shop run by local craftsmen. There is an annual Hay Festival (31st May - 10th June 2012) each year attracting thousands of visitors and a chance to hear politicians, authors, poets, critics, eco-activists and others debating their craft and the issues of the moment.
Hereford, 14 miles south has an interesting area around the river and cathedral. The Cathedral is well worth a visit, not least for the Mappa Mundi and famous chained library. Hereford is also home to the Courtyard, a lively arts venue for live music, film and theatre.
Ludlow, a stunning market town 15 miles to the north has some fine examples of 18th and 19th century town architecture.
Ludlow has an interesting castle and an annual festival of music and the arts in late June, which always includes a Shakespeare play in the castle grounds. It is a mecca both for antique hunters and foodies, providing plenty of opportunities for browsing in antique shops and for eating well.
On the way to Ludlow is the beautiful Croft castle, a national trust property, which is also close to Yarpole, an attractive village with the Bell Inn, recommended for its food. Berrington Hall, another National Trust property outside Leominster is also worth a visit.
Ledbury is an interesting town to the east of Hereford, with some black and white architecture and a beautiful church. It is home to Eastnor castle which hosts a range of events and activities. Ledbury provides the venue for an annual poetry festival, bringing together local and national talent.
Brecon, 23 miles to the west, has an annual jazz festival in early August, attracting large numbers of jazz aficionados. Leominster, an attractive rural town 10 miles north east, has a beautiful priory , some good food shops an an excellent mix of antique and bric a brac outlets.