Sunday, May 18, 2008


I'm trying to think sunshine at the moment, and how hot it was last weekend as we made our way from the West Midlands to Broadfield Court at Bodenham in Herefordshire. This is the home of Bodenham English Wines where you can taste wines from Broadfield's vineyards, wander around the Old English gardens or pop into the award winning Tearoom for a piece of their wonderful coffee cake and a cup of coffee.
Note: English Wine Week takes place 24th May to the 1st June 2008.

We decided to then move on to a National Trust venue - The Weir, near Hereford. This is a 1920's riverside garden with an abundance of wildflowers and beautiful views along the River Wye and the Herefordshire countryside.

Next onto Hay-on-Wye (apparently twinned with Timbuktu!) situated between Brecon and Hereford.

Hay-on-Wye is home to shop after shop selling books. A cookery book addicts dream come true - wall to wall cookery books. Well, what are you waiting for?

It's The Guardian Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye (Hay's literary festival) from 22nd May to the 1st June 2008 and up to 80,000 people descend upon this small town every year. Not just to buy cookery books though!! Take a look at the list of people who will be appearing at the Hay Festival.

Then onto our final destination - Llanwrtyd Wells (the smallest town in Britain)located in Mid Wales, home to the Red Kite. It's here at the AA 2007-2008 Restaurant of the Year (Wales), The Carlton Riverside, we had booked an overnight stay. This restaurant holds three AA Red Rosettes and Mary Ann Gilchrist creates the most amazing food. We make the journey every year to this hotel. You will find people from all over the country at this restaurant, the majority returning once they have experienced her excellent food.

We returned home to the West Midlands taking in the most stunning views of the Mid Wales countryside. Sadly, many tourists only think about North and South Wales, little wonder they say 'Secret Mid-Wales'. Ssh! don't tell anyone.


Sylvie said...

Sounds like a brilliant weekend.

Rosie said...

Hi M, sounds like a perfect weekend to me :)

Rosie x

Lisa said...

What a great weekend! Hay-on-Wye sounds like a book lover's dream.

I am also missing last week's wonderful weather here in the Pacific Northwest and can totally relate to the need to "think sunshine!"

We Are Never Full said...

I love hearing about places tourists don't go to. That's my type of traveling. Thanks for the tip.

BUT, this meringue looks absolutely delicious. I've gotta try this one.

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