Why go there?
These two tiny Herefordshire hamlets are separated by the River Wye, and joined together by a beautifully built bridge dating back to the 18th century. It’s the perfect launch pad for a tour of the surrounding Wye Valley, and many walks and trails cross through the villages, including the Vaughan Way, a waymarked trail that starts in Bredwardine and ends in Kington.
Bredwardine is best known as being the home of noted Victorian clergyman and diarist Robert Francis Kilvert, who spent the last two years of life serving the hamlet. Brobury House and Gardens (pictured above) is the main attraction of the neighbouring hamlet – its gardens date back to the 19th century, and you can look back across the river to Kilvert’s vicarage from the grounds. Admission is £3 for adults, and the gardens are open from 10am-5pm seven days a week. Nearby attractions include the book town of Hay on Wye, which can be accessed by driving through the renowned Golden Valley from Bredwardine.
Where to stay
Brobury House offers bed and breakfast from just £30 per night per person for double occupancy. The rooms are large with ensuite or private facilities, and all enjoy stunning views of the gardens, which are freely accessible to guests. Breakfast can be continental or the full English, and include home made jam and local produce.
Where to eat
The Red Lion in Bredwardine dates from the 1600s and prides itself on its dining room and locally sourced menu, including prime English and Welsh meat, fresh vegetables and even salmon from the stretch of the River Wye that flows past the hamlets. There is also a bar menu.
Tell us a local secret
St Andrew’s Church in Bredwardine is the resting place of Sir Roger Vaughan, who was knighted by Henry V as he lay dying on the field at Agincourt in 1415. The church itself dates from the 11th century, and was rebuilt in 1406 after being partially destroyed by Owain Glyndwr’s soldiers during his rebellion against Henry IV.