HEREFORDSHIRE has featured on BBC’s Escape to the Country for being one of the “greatest” countryside escapes.

Presenter Alistair Appleton helps a buyer from Guernsey find her perfect party property in Herefordshire in the Welsh borders.

The episode that aired on Monday (August 22) explores the breath-taking landscapes of the Marches, that includes the Wye Valley.

Some people might say Herefordshire is isolated, there’s no coastlines, no motorway going in and out, but those people don’t know how beautiful it is here, said Mr Appleton.

“All those factors are exactly the things that make Herefordshire one of the greatest country escapes,” he said.

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He visited the black and white village of Eardisland sits on the banks of the river Arrow and is full of the half-painted timber houses.

“This magical patch of the country is off the beaten track, under the radar, which means communities regularly pull together.”

He went to Yarpole where the village came together when the local amenities faced closure.

It is the first village to incorporate a shop, post office and a café inside a church. It also has its community owned pub the Bell and the parish hall.

“This is a great village to live in, we have so much here,” said church warden.

“I love living here.”

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The programme started trying to find a property in Leominster, which is the largest market town in Herefordshire, and hoped it would work well for the buyer.

“It feels like a cosy retreat from the bustle of life,” said Mr Appleton. 

Next, they went to Ledbury in east Herefordshire set against the backdrop of the Malvern Hills.

The surrounding area is studied with world class cider and juice producers that can be bought from the independent shops and restaurants that line the town’s historic streets, he said.


A shop owner interviewed said it has a real sense of community.

Lee Anderson, of Lee Anderson Property, said the main attraction for Herefordshire is that it is usually the place of life.

“It is very peaceful here, it is very green, it is sparsely populated and by nature it is very quiet,” he said.

But the main attraction is all the market towns, he said.

You can watch the full programme here.