Holling Grange, Herefordshire, England

By - May 14, 2010 (Updated: January 8, 2015)

Holling Grange

Holling Grange

Last weekend I had a break from photographing gardens and instead spent my time photographing a little slice of heaven. I just never would have expected heaven to be so close to Wales.

Herefordshire, England – I must admit, I was a bit disappointed when our dear friends told us they were leaving southwest France. I’ve made no secret of how much we enjoyed La Benjamine, time and time again. I did know however, that anything undertaken by Cedric and Dawn would be fabulous. Their new self-catering cottages at Holling Grange exceeded even my high expectations.

Holling Grange is a Grade II listed property with self-catering cottages in the restored barn. There are 3 cottages sleeping 2, 5 and 6 people. Each has a fully equipped kitchen, a living area with flat screen TVs, gorgeous bathrooms and plush, inviting bedrooms. Dawn and Cedric have meticulous attention to detail and at no point do you feel like you are staying in a rental property, but rather a beautifully appointed home.

Just look at what I mean:

Livingroom in Chocolat Coattage

Livingroom in Chocolat Cottage

Bedroom in Chocolat Cottage

Bedroom in Chocolat Cottage

Bedroom in Bleu-Gris Cottage

Bedroom in Bleu-Gris Cottage

Bathroom in Bleu-Gris Cottage

Bathroom in Bleu-Gris Cottage

Kitchen in Chocolat Cottage

Kitchen in Chocolat Cottage

Livingroom in Cerise Cottage

Livingroom in Cerise Cottage

The setting is something out of a Jane Austin novel; all rolling hills and fields of sheep with the Black Mountains visible in the distance. I’ve not seen this many shades of green since my trip to Ireland. The nearby villages are picturesque and cozy. The narrow winding roads are a drivers dream.

Neighbours - Spring Lambs have a great view of the Golden Valley

Neighbours – Spring Lambs have a great view of the Golden Valley

Holling Grange is located in the village of Abbey Dore, where you can visit the beautiful Dore Abbey. You can enjoy many outdoor activities such as walking, fishing, canoeing, and horseback riding.

Holling Grange is also a great base for exploring the rest of Wales and England. The Brecon Beacons are within easy reach for walking and nature photography. The famous book town of Hay on Wye is only 19 miles away and is home to the annual Guardian Literary Festival which draws book-lovers from around England and the world.

But even with all of the other photographic opportunities, I can’t entirely escape photographing gardens. If you are a garden lover too, then Holling Grange also has something for you. Dawn is a florist and Holling Grange is always filled with flowers, inside and out. I was captivated by her black and red tulips. Her potager is also well under way and that can only mean good things for the kitchen.





Of course staying with Dawn and Cedric always involves fantastic food and Holling Grange is no exception. Thursday through Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon, Cedric offers a four course menu for 45£ per person. This includes starters, main course, cheese selection, desert with coffee or tea and wine. Dawn and Cedric are passionate about food and use locally sources seasonal produce. In Herefordshire this offers a wide and wonderful selection of beef, pork, lamb, perry, cider, cassis, raspberry liqueurs, vinegars and cheeses.

For the times that Cedric is not cooking, there are other fabulous dining options in the area. I’ve already been fortunate enough to try several and I can say without hesitation – if you are a foodie, get yourself to Herefordshire now.

If I sound overly gushy, I appologise, but the truth is I was surprised by how much I enjoy the area. I can’t wait to go back and explore it even more.

View a gallery of even more photos of Holling Grange Self-catering Cottages

Holling Grange
Abbey Dore
HR2 0JJ  United Kingdom
00 44 (0) 1981 241 531

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  2. Comment by Lilacspecs

    Lilacspecs May 14, 2010 at 10:53

    This looks so lovely! After all the wedding hubbub dies down I know CB and I were looking to do some European traveling. I may have to put this on my to-visit list.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison May 14, 2010 at 11:42

      Oh definitely do. The area is so pretty and there is lots to do. Dawn and Cedric are incredible hosts and the food is to die for!

  3. Comment by Sion @ paris (im)perfect

    Sion @ paris (im)perfect May 14, 2010 at 17:46

    This place looks wonderful! Gushing for a reason, I see! I might just have to check this place out! In fact, I’d like to go right NOW. 🙂

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison May 14, 2010 at 21:57

      Go now! (and take me with you!) 🙂

  4. Comment by Amy

    Amy May 15, 2010 at 15:31

    Oooh! That’s getting added to the to-do list for sure. Beautiful photos, especially that tulip one!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison May 16, 2010 at 11:37

      Thanks Amy! It’s a stunning photo location!

  5. Comment by expatraveler

    expatraveler May 17, 2010 at 00:14

    What a lovely place… I’ve been reading a book about moving back to Europe and how easy it is to travel while there.. How I do miss that even more! Great pics! 🙂

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison May 17, 2010 at 10:03

      Thanks Jen! It is easy to travel here, especially from Brussels. I still wish I could do more though 🙂

  6. Comment by Charlie's Tribe

    Charlie's Tribe May 18, 2010 at 10:55

    Looks wonderful. We want to move there and adopt the sheep!

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison May 18, 2010 at 11:30

      They are adorable aren’t they? (hmm, and tasty…)

  7. Comment by patricia

    patricia May 28, 2010 at 16:19

    this looks like a fabulous place to relax.

    • Comment by Alison

      Alison May 28, 2010 at 18:37

      It definitely is!

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