Somewhere to stay: Aspen House, Hoarwithy
An 18th-century farmhouse B&B in Herefordshire
This 18th-century farmhouse offers a convivial atmosphere and great food in an away-from-it-all location. Owners Robert Elliot and Sally Lawrance's ethos is to celebrate the handmade, the organic and the seasonal and every aspect of Aspen House reflects this: the garden has been terraced to provide a number of secluded loggias and lawns, and the coach house at the back has been converted into a self-contained unit. The sitting and dining rooms are simply furnished, but everything is good quality and the emphasis is on comfort and service. Their culinary inspiration comes from Robert's Polish mother, with Mediterranean, North African and Indian influences. The pair believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it features rare-breed bacon and sausages, home-made baked beans, and eggs steam-fried in butter, among many other delicious options.
Rooms 4. Double/twin room from £74, single from £45.
Other points No smoking. Garden. Car park. Wheelchair access (not WC).
Directions Junction 4/M50. Take A49 Ross-on-Wye to Hereford road. Hoarwithy is signposted from A49. Aspen House is at T-junction in the centre of the village.
Aspen House, Hoarwithy, Hereford, Herefordshire HR2 6QP; www.aspenhouse.net; 01432 840353