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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "We have had a wonderful stay at Herons."

    Thank you, Denise. We will certainly recommend to friends. It is a wonderful property and a great location for exploring that beautiful part of Herefordshire.

    Reviewed by Roger5.0May 2024

  • "This was a return visit for us."

    The property is in a fantastic local with many attractions within a reasonable distance. The accommodation is very clean, comfortable and had everything you would need for a stay. Denise was very helpful and friendly and we certainly hope to return for a third time.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0May 2024

  • "A really beautiful place to stay looking down to the river."

    Nothing too much trouble for the Owner. Spotlessly clean and well equipped. Could not fault it.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Apr 2024

  • "Everything was spotless and comfortable."

    We did not want to prepare a full meal for ourselves as we ate out, however it would have been a bit tight for surface space in the kitchen had we done so. It was as described but something to bear in mind. The area though is excellent for eating places and everywhere we ate was of a very high standard, reasonably priced and offered a huge variety.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Apr 2024

  • "Once again we had a great time at Herons in Byford we always find new and interesting places on our travels around the area the accommodation is perfect for my wife and myself with Denice (Mrs Hacker) always available to give info and advice as needed."

    I fished twice in a very swollen river and on the second day caught the biggest Chub I have ever seen well over 6 pounds , great place great time we shall return.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had another enjoyable and relaxing holiday over Christmas at Herons."

    It was very comfortable and well equiped. Denise, the owner had added many thoughtful touches to celebrate Christmas which was much appreciated by both of us. We very much hope to visit Herons again later in the year.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Dec 2023

  • "A relaxing "home from home"."

    The host, Denise, is very friendly and helpful. This a peaceful, rural location, with a garden that backs onto the River Wye. The apartment is south facing, with panoramic patio doors / windows overlooking the river, with your own private partially covered patio. My stay was work related, so I didn't get to enjoy the full potential of the setting. I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy a relaxing stay in the countryside, particularly if you enjoy fishing.

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Nov 2023

  • "The property itself is fairly nice, one or two aspects of it could do with a little tlc."

    The radiator in the bathroom is looking a little tired as well as the sealant on the base of the shower. In the garden a parasol to sit under when the weather is hot would be very welcome. A main issue for us was the lack of privacy. We weren’t aware that there was a property next door and also that the property owner lives upstairs above the cottage. Trying to relax in the evening was difficult because the owner can clearly be heard moving around. The balcony of her property also overlooks the patio area which for us is unacceptable and had we known this would not have made the booking. A more accurate property description is definitely required. All in all it wasn’t quite the holiday we hoped for but for people who don’t mind sharing the space with others it will be absolutely fine.

    Reviewed by Andrew2.5Jun 2023

  • "Peace and quiet in a beautiful setting."

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Apr 2023

  • "The property was delightful, lovely spot, very comfortable, spotless accommodation with everything supplied and Ms Hacker was such a lovely hostess."

    We would certainly recommend this venue

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2023

  • "Excellent location for a quiet and tranquil break but within driving distance of many places of interest."

    We had many conversations with the owner who was very helpful and advised us of various places to visit. The apartment was well equipped and very clean. We will certainly be visiting again.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Mar 2023

  • "We have already booked our second visor at the end of March."

    Reviewed by Terry4.4Dec 2022

  • "Absolutely brilliant location."

    So peaceful

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Sep 2022

  • "Heron’s is first class throughout."

    The view over the countryside and River Wye is spectacular with the chance of seeing a variety of wildlife. Heron’s is ideally situated to tour the surrounding area. Be sure to visit Oakchurch farm shop. For townies who want something different visit the Hereford Cattle Auction. Denise, the owner is always on hand to help out with any problems and has an excellent rapport with all of her visitors.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jul 2022

  • "Just returned home after a week at Heron's cottage which was very nice and so quiet ,the beautiful country with the heron fishing on the river wye, rabbits ,even a pheasant one morning looking through the patio window were a delite."

    Denise the owner was very helpful in many ways with her knowledge of the area , I am also very greatful for the plant she gave us for our garden ,certainly a place I will return to Cyril / Evelyn.

    Reviewed by Cyril5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely location in the Wye valley."

    One of the best holiday cottages we have been to in recent years. Highly recommended..

    Reviewed by William H5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely place to stay."

    Very quiet with wonderful river views. I would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Mar 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage on the bank of the Wye."

    Well equipped. Relaxing atmosphere. Wonderful host. Just perfect.

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Feb 2022

  • "The location was phenomenal, communication fantastic."

    Hospitality ensuring everything was OK was first class. Would highly recommend and definitely would like to return. Justin & Tracy

    Reviewed by Justin5.0Jan 2022

  • "Spotlessly clean, nice & warm, very comfortable beds, beautiful view with a great welcome from Denise."


    Reviewed by John5.0Jan 2022

  • "A lovely place to stay in a great location."

    Good facilities, beautifully clean and helpful host. Amazing views to the river and very peaceful.

    Reviewed by Sandy5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lovely property and lovely owner."

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Nov 2021

  • "Very impressive views from the lounge area and the kitchen."

    The owner has been very helpful. We really enjoyed our stay and would surely plan to arrange another holiday there next year.

    Reviewed by John4.7Nov 2021

  • "Herons is a fabulous place to unwind and watch the river and wildlife go by."

    The view from the terrace and living room is fantastic. The property is fab - fully equipped kitchen, spacious lounge and great bedroom (twin beds pushed together to make superking size). Plenty of parking. Definitely take binoculars with you if you like bird watching - Herons, Egrets, ducks etc as well as the rabbits and field mice in the garden. Denise was a great host and we were able to get into the property a little earlier than anticipated. She also some Border dark chocolate and ginger biscuits, some milk and some Nescafe double choc mocha sachets as well as tea, coffee, sugar, salt and pepper. Cleaning products also provided which was great. There is a washing machine in the bathroom if you need it too.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Apr 2021

  • "Having had several holidays at Herons we always find it very relaxing and peaceful."

    Denise is very friendly. helpful and keeps Herons spotlessly clean and comfortable. There are plenty of places to visit, such as Craswell Church near Hay on Wye.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Apr 2021

  • "Herons is a lovely property - spotlessly clean, well appointed and very comfortable."

    Denise welcomed us and helped us during the holiday - she is a great host. Access to the River Wye is fantastic.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    The owner was so friendly too. Nice location for exploring as long as you don’t have storm Ciara to contend with.

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2020

  • "The cottage was very clean and well maintained, a credit to its very friendly owner, Denise."

    Directions she gave us to the property were very good. It is in an idyllic spot overlooking the River Wye. We could not fault the property or the location.

    Reviewed by Mick5.0Oct 2019

  • "A perfect week, a perfect hostess, a perfect property on the edge of the River Wye, Herons was just idyllic."

    Fishing was so easily accessible right on the doorstep. Location central to many local places of interest all within easy reach.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Oct 2019

  • "The Cottage was a perfect hideaway."

    Nestled on banks overlooking the River Wye, it was perfect serenity. Inside the cottage was like a home from home. It had everything you would need and was spacious and comfortable. The owner was more than helpful. On a scale of 10 - I would give it 12

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2019

  • "Denise was a helpful and generous hostess, providing useful information both before and during our stay at Herons."

    The accommodation was clean, extremely comfortable and very well equipped. The garden and grounds down to the river were beautiful, with plenty of birds to watch and lots of rabbits on the grass in the early morning and evenings. Really quite delightful! The river was low, making the fishing challenging but there were barbel and chub to be caught, mostly in the evening. There was plenty to keep us busy in the area including Hay-on-Wye bookshops, Hereford Cathedral and several National Trust properties, plus the excellent farm shop within a few minutes drive. We had a really lovely week’s stay at Herons and would thoroughly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Jul 2019

  • "From all the lovely places we have rented through Sykes this is by far the most superior."

    The view from the living room and terrace is spectacular, the furnishings are tasteful and so comfortable. All facilities are of high standard. We usually use the accommodation as a base and go sightseeing. However we so enjoyed "Heron's" that for 2 days of the week we just stayed to watch the wild life on the river and the rabbits cavorting on the lawn. We simply loved it!!

    Reviewed by Colin5.0May 2019

  • "Spectacular, Tranquil location, Spotless accommodation, Very helpful property owner."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2019

  • "Lovely apartment in a stunning setting."

    The apartment adjoining was not occupied if it had have been we would have lacked privacy. Larger, softer bath towels and more comfortable pillows would have been appreciated.

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.4Apr 2019

  • "We have always been very pleased with our Sykes accommodation but this apartment far exceeded our expectations, the apartment itself was very well equipped,the location and the warm welcome of the owner,we wanted for nothing."

    A return visit is certainly planned and we don't usually return to the same place twice.

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Mar 2019

  • "The Herons is a lovely place set in a wonderful location, so peaceful and relaxing."

    The Owner Denise is a marvellous host and nothing was to much trouble. Thank you Denice for fab time.

    Reviewed by Jeffrey4.7Feb 2019

  • "This is our fourth visit to Herons, the accommodation is excellent, very well equit, clean and comfortable."

    Denise the owner is very welcoming and helpful. There are also plenty of interesting places to visit around Herefordshire. A nice mornings visit is to the Small Breed and Birds of Prey centre near Kington also Hay on Wye.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Feb 2019

  • "We particularly appreciated the welcome pack Denise had put together for us."

    The accommodation was great, the views glorious and the hostess very friendly and knowledgeable. The availability of a washing machine was also very useful to us.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Dec 2018

  • "The Herons is exceptional, very peaceful and relaxing."

    Denise the owner is very helpful and thoughtful. Beautiful area to visit, such as Hay on Wye, Ludlow and Hereford town.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Nov 2018

  • "Lovely surroundings,very peaceful,a bigger tv would be great."

    Reviewed by Rita5.0Sep 2018


    there is no hedge/fence between this and the next door, only a short trellis.

    Reviewed by Colin2.2Aug 2018

  • "Herons is a beautiful place to stay thanks to Denise."

    The apartment is beautifully furnished and well equipped. The views from the Patio are spectacular.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2018

  • "A fantastic warm welcome from the host and the accommodation was very homely and spotless and was a credit to the owner/host."

    Very relaxing with lots of interesting places to visit. Would highly recommend to friends and family and will certainly like to revisit in the future. Thanks again to our Host Denise.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2018

  • "Thanks for a really smooth easy booking system and fantastic holiday."

    Herons IS paradise on earth! The apartment is spacious and well equipped. Uninterrupted views of the Wye river are unbelievable, the total vista is beyond words - not a man made feature to be seen. The wild life is a joy, the birds in particular are varied and pleasantly chatty. The host very friendly, pro-active in making sure everything is okay for you, then discreet. We hope to go back. The peaceful, uplifting experience will stay with us for a long time. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jun 2018

  • "This cottage was the nicest we've been to, all others will have a lot to live up to."

    The views were fantastic, everything in the cottage had been thought of and everything was of the highest quality. Denise was a lovely lady, we even had an easter egg left for us. We really couldn't have asked for more and will be returning as soon as possible.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2018

  • "Beautiful apartment with equally beautiful views over the river Wye."

    Even in dull weather, the setting was idyllic. Sitting in an armchair with a cup of tea viewing the river and wildlife through panoramic patio windows was just perfect. There was plenty to see in the area too, with Weir Gardens (National Trust) just down the road an absolute gem of a place. Our hostess, Denise, was very welcoming and made us feel at home straight away. If you want somewhere to chill out and enjoy nature, such as watching a buzzard looking for (presumably) insects on the lawn outside our window, then this is the place for you. We shall certainly return.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2018

  • "Herons is an in an idyllic location for anyone wishing to "get away" from the hustle and bustle of modern life."

    It is a tranquil, peaceful and relaxing retreat with every comfort provided for, Denise is an exemplary host.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Jul 2017

  • "Excellent in every way"

    Reviewed by Rita5.0Mar 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • One king-size bed
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area and river views.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private patio with furniture plus use of lawned garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.75 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: The garden runs down to the unfenced river bank - ensure care is taken at all times
  • Note: Fishing available in river at bottom of garden by arrangement with owner
  • Note: Children and infants are not accepted at this property
  • The owner resides on site and lives above this apartment
  • Please note: This property accepts a minimum of 3 nights

The property

A charming, single-storey Herefordshire cottage apartment, superbly located with canoe access next door on the edge of the beautiful River Wye in the scattered village of Byford, just 8 miles from Hereford.

This Herefordshire self-catering apartment sits below the owner's home and has been thoughtfully decorated and furnished to provide a cosy, romantic holiday home in a beautiful part of the country, with spectacular views of the River Wye.

This delightful Herefordshire holiday home boasts a spacious sitting room with dining area and sliding doors onto the south-facing patio and garden area, where many hours can be spent watching the daily activities on the river.

You can even enjoy fishing on the river from the bottom of the beautiful garden yourself!

A modern fitted kitchen, also with doors to the front garden, and a lovely bedroom with king-size bed combine to provide an excellent holiday base.

Explore the many lovely walks from the doorstep of your Herefordshire apartment, including Offa's Dyke and Wye Valley walks.

Visit historic Hereford, explore Hay-on-Wye, the town of books, or discover the magnificent Black Mountains and Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons).

A lovely, romantic Herefordshire holiday home with something for everyone at any time of year.

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About the location


Hereford 8 miles; Hay-on-Wye 14 miles.

The scattered village of Byford lies on the banks of the River Wye on the edge of the beautiful Golden Valley. The village is ideally located in unspoilt Herefordshire countryside between Hay-on-Wye and Hereford, with an extensive range of footpaths including the Wye Valley Walk and Offa's Dyke footpath. The magnificent Black Mountains and Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons) are also a short drive away. Within easy reach is the ancient city of Hereford with its magnificent cathedral displaying the famous Mappa Mundi world map and an impressive chained library, and its beautiful medieval bridge spanning the River Wye. The town of books, Hay-on-Wye, famous for its 30 plus book shops, charming pubs, antique shops, restaurants and cafes is also an easy drive away, and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Wales. A little further afield guests can enjoy the fine restaurants, food and antique shops on offer in Ludlow, the many activities in the Forest of Dean and the delightful historic market towns of Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth. Visitors to the area can also enjoy walks in amongst some of the oldest rocks in Britain in the eight mile ridge of the Malvern Hills.

Please note: This property accepts a minimum of 3 nights.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas