In Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire …


…There were no hurricanes but boy did it rain!!

We just had a sneaky overnight break in Herefordshire which was glorious. I ran around like a mad thing on Saturday morning doing all my normal weekend chores, all the washing, tidying etc and then my brother appeared and pushed us out the door so we could have a little break post hosting the entire rabble over Christmas! We ended up leaving just before lunch on Saturday and came back in time to make supper on Sunday and it was fabulous! We managed to fit in lots of yummy food, walks in the rain and even watched a movie in bed… I know, such luxury!

Pipa Gordon

On our way out on the Saturday we popped into Hereford and dodged the rain clouds (I’m pointing with delight at the blue sky behind the cathedral in the pic at the top!) The flooding was incredible across the fields, but in town I managed to find just the one animal not up to his knees in muddy puddles although he clearly is at an advantage (being brass and on a plinth and in a town!)


We arrived at the pub/hotel/restaurant with rooms (whatever one calls it these days!) and it was perfect, complete with roaring fire. I had requested a specific room when we booked as I loved the look of the bed, however they mentioned that it was haunted when we arrived so we decided against it and went for another, a bit like Goldilocks, we tried out a few rooms until we got the perfect fit. We did some slight rearranging so that we could have the TV in front of the bed and both collapsed with our feet up as a movie came on Film4 of the book we had bought for my daughter Beely just that afternoon! (Inkheart …totally brilliant!) Btw on a side note, I have been reading a novel every night to Beely for the last couple of months and we have 2 chapters to go. It’s called The Lost Island of Tamarind by Nadia Aguiar and is SUPERB!!! I highly recommend it for girls and boys age 10-13, I find this is a tricky age to find books for as they have grown out of so much, but the next bracket is often either too scary or too inappropriate, it’s a real inbetween age isn’t it?


Back to our weekend, we didn’t wake up until 9am on Sunday which was an unbelievable treat in itself, but then we had a gorgeous cooked breakfast and went on a long walk through the fields behind where we were staying. I’ve decided that walking through boggy fields is excellent exercise for the buttocks!! (#qvcwellbeing… have you sent your pic in??) On the way back, we came across the friendliest lickiest horse we’ve ever met, I wanted to take him home with me, he was utterly gorgeous and totally cheeky!

We arrived back at the pub for a lovely roast lunch before checking out when we told the staff that we had never stayed anywhere with staff that seemed as happy and friendly as they did. They were very grateful but also mentioned that they were basking in the relief that Christmas and New Year was over. I have to say, I’m kind of feeling the same way!

Happy new year to you all

Much love

Pipa x


  1. Christine January 12, 2016 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pipa look as if your enjoying yourself. Been to Hereford is lovely. The rain never seams to stop. The hotel looks cosy. I remember when I was a little girl my dad had two Clydesdale horses loved them.
    Take care Christine x

    • Pipa Gordon January 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

      Oh how lovely Christine, we are loaning a horse from February and can’t wait! xx

  2. Lorraine Knights January 13, 2016 at 9:56 am -  Reply

    Glad you liked our neck of the woods. You shouldtry out the Churches of Hereford trail or the Black and White trail, lots of interest and peace. Explore the country lanes where you will find plenty of wild life and interesting things to do.
    Hereford is so far an unspoilt part of England.

    • Pipa Gordon January 14, 2016 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

      Oh gosh Lorraine we loved it! Usually we head off to Wales but didn’t want to go as far this time as we only had the one night. It is utterly gorgeous …we shall return!!! xx

  3. Sue Dominey January 13, 2016 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    We went to Hereford for are hols last year , we love going to warners hotels adults only . Which is lovely the staff there are good as well and it’s nice to be waited on for a change . We went to Holme Lacey which is a very old house with lovely big rooms , lots to do and lovely places to walk can’t wait to go again .

    • Pipa Gordon January 21, 2016 at 8:41 am -  Reply

      Ooh I may check out the Warners Hotel thank you xx

  4. Leominster January 13, 2016 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    I live in Buckinghamshire but was as born in Hereford shore,go back in the summer so much to do the kids will love it

    • Pipa Gordon January 21, 2016 at 8:41 am -  Reply

      Yes that’s exactly what we said! There’s so much on our doorsteps here in the UK, we are very lucky xx

  5. Susan January 15, 2016 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa, happy new year to you! Your gorgeous horse friend looks very licky!! How funny is Brian’s face! Glad you had a nice time and look forward to your new year updates x

    • Pipa Gordon January 21, 2016 at 8:42 am -  Reply

      Hi Susan, yes he was super licky …Brian loved it! He doesn’t ride but he is beginning to understand my passion for horses which is great 🙂
      Happy new year to you too xx

  6. Linda January 26, 2016 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa, Happy New Year you sound as though you had a really nice break ,never been to Hereford must give it a try sometime ,we love having short breaks away we like windermere and surrounding areas, but it’s rather wet at the moment ,look forward to your next blog . Much love Linda F xx

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