A historic Herefordshire country pub has been given permission to create four guest rooms.

The grade II listed Butchers Arms, on a minor country road near Woolhope between Hereford and Ledbury, does not currently offer accommodation, but said there was demand for this.

Steve House applied in July to build a flat-roofed extension to the pub in place of an existing patio and smoking area to the rear, and to adapt a garage, in order to house a row of four en-suite letting bedrooms.


Foul water was to be managed by an existing package treatment plant, an arrangement which the council’s ecology officer did not object to.

Its transport officer asked for a conditions requiring one parking space per room as well as secure cycling parking. These formed conditions of the permission, along with a requirement to provide at least one electric vehicle charging point.

The rooms are also to be used for holiday accommodation only.

Woolhope Parish Council supported the plan, and there were no public objections.

Thought to date from the late 17th or early 18th century, the pub currently only opens four days a week, from Thursday to Sunday between 11am and 11pm.