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Byford near Hereford, Herefordshire (Ref. 11363)



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Reviews & Ratings

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57 Customer Reviews

  • "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 SandyDec 2021

  • "Lovely property and lovely owner."

    Reviewed by TrevorNov 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 JohnNov 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 AnnApr 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 JaniceApr 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 MichelleJul 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 DavisFeb 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 MickOct 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 PatriciaOct 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 DavidJul 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 KatherineJul 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 ColinMay 2019

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

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 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 JenniferApr 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 ReginaldMar 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 JeffreyFeb 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 JaniceFeb 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 RichardDec 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 JaniceNov 2018

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

    Reviewed by RitaSep 2018


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

    Reviewed by ColinAug 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 SueJul 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 PeterJun 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 ColinJun 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 SusanApr 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 PaulMar 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 SheilaJul 2017

  • "Excellent in every way"

    Reviewed by RitaMar 2017

  • "This is the 3rd time we have stayed at the Herons and as usual we received a very warm welcome from the owner."

    The Herons is a spotlessly clean and well furnished apartment. With the River Wye running at the bottom of the well maintained garden it is a great place to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Would certainly recommend.

    Reviewed by RayJun 2016

  • "A wonderful place, the setting was beautiful and the hostess was very helpful."

    Could not find fault with anything.

    Reviewed by DJun 2016

  • "A spacious and tastefully appointed cottage that is very clean."

    The cottage is in a stunning location with superb views. We highly recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by MikeMay 2016

  • "Herons is a comfortable, warm, well equipped apartment with beautiful view of the river Wye."

    It is in a peaceful setting and also within easy reach of Hereford and the Brecon Beacons. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by JanetApr 2016

  • "Very well appointed apartment, much careful thought seems to have gone into equipping it."

    Wonderful view from the living room and kitchen! Real sun-trap outside the living-room window, we managed to sit out one day with a cup of tea even though it was the beginning of March.

    Reviewed by KathMar 2016

  • "A great Location."

    Could not wish for anything better, inside or out.

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 2016

  • "The landlady was very helpful and friendly, and the accommodation was very comfortable and warm."

    The views were amazing.

    Reviewed by BenJan 2016

  • "A beautiful location and overall one of the best (of many) self-catering apartments we've stayed in."

    Would struggle to find any faults/scope for improvements. There was lots to do and see locally.

    Reviewed by MarionJul 2015

  • "An excellent property with a delightful owner."

    Had a wonderful garden & view of the river.

    Reviewed by DeniseJul 2015

  • "It was lovely and peaceful with a view onto the river."

    Had a comfortable bed and great night's sleep. Perfect!

    Reviewed by BobMay 2015

  • "This apartment is situated in the most glorious location overlooking the River Wye and is peaceful and quiet."

    The sitting room soaks up the south facing sunshine and if the weather is good, the patio is great for meals outside. The owner is delightful and makes a big attempt to make sure her guests are comfortable.

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2014

  • "The peace and quiet, truly a wonderful find!"

    Reviewed by KatrinaSep 2014

  • "A stunning apartment beautifully presented with a very friendly host."

    We could have stayed forever!

    Reviewed by LesleyAug 2014

  • "Beautiful surroundings and outlook over the river Wye."

    Owner was very welcoming and did everything she could to make our stay very enjoyable. Lots of nice places to eat within a short distance of the accommodation and many lovely places to visit. A very relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by ValAug 2014

  • "It's a delightful place in a lovely location and incredibly peaceful."

    Very friendly and helpful owners are on site and I can't wait to go back again!

    Reviewed by ValerieJul 2014

  • "This has to be one of the greatest places I have had the privilege to stay in, far exceeded my expectations, the quality was exceptional as was the owner, a sheer delight, pure bliss."

    I felt like I had been dropped in heaven, thank you.

    Reviewed by LenJun 2014

  • "Very friendly warm welcome by the owner, who made sure everything was just as we needed it."

    Although the owner's house was above the apartment there was no intrusion and we had all the privacy that we wanted. The garden was fantastic and we were able to enjoy just sitting on the patio watching the wildlife in the garden and on the river Wye. Accommodation was excellent, lovely, clean and tidy. Would certainly recommend and would hope to go back again. The warm sunny weather was an added bonus!

    Reviewed by RayMay 2014

  • "This is an exceptionally well presented apartment in a perfect location."

    Made very welcome from the moment of arrival. The first ever self-catering property that we are unable to make even the smallest suggestion regarding facilities or equipment! Perfect.

    Reviewed by NeilOct 2013

  • "The location and views were exceptional."

    The accommodation was very comfortable, with everything in good condition and spotlessly clean. In addition the property owner was most welcoming and helpful without being at all intrusive. We would have no hesitation in recommending this holiday home to family and friends. No negative comments at all.

    Reviewed by MartinOct 2013

  • "Excellent accommodation and beautiful scenery."

    Very peaceful.

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2013

  • "Herons is situated in peaceful and beautiful countryside."

    We loved being able to sit on the patio and look down to the River Wye. The owner has provided accommodation of an exceptionally high standard. The apartment was spotlessly clean and everything we needed had been provided. Information on the local area was readily available, and the owner on hand to give us some useful tips about places to visit. We would love to stay at Herons again in the future.

    Reviewed by JacquelineAug 2013

  • "Fantastic holiday cottage, beautiful location and very peaceful."

    We would recommend it to anyone, and will definitely be going again.

    Reviewed by AlunAug 2013

  • "Great location."

    Very comfortable accommodation. Very welcoming host.

    Reviewed by JuneAug 2013

  • "Peace and tranquillity."

    We received a lovely, warm and hearty welcome

    Reviewed by SJun 2013

  • "Peaceful, comfortable and perfect situation."

    Weather fantastic. Lovely area to visit with plenty to do and see. The owner is a very welcoming host. Farm Shop down the road very good for all supplies. We didn't eat out - it was too tempting to sit on the patio with a glass of wine and watch the sun go down.

    Reviewed by SueMay 2013

  • "This was a superbly appointed apartment in an idyllic location."

    There are plenty of local attractions and local eating out possibilities.

    Reviewed by GrahamMay 2013

  • "The location of the accommodation was delightful - weather was fantastic - riverside site was great - quality of accommodation and hospitality of hosts were 1st class - as a self catering holiday, nothing was too much bother for the owners who left us to enjoy a quiet, relaxing time together."

    Brilliant. Centrally located for lots of things to see and do.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2013

  • "This cottage is in a superb location with the River Wye and all its wildlife at the bottom of the garden."

    It was very comfortable, warm when needed, clean, good decor. The host was incredibly friendly and helpful, as well as welcoming and warm. Lots of good walks in the area. Would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by KayApr 2013

  • "The cottage was in an excellent location and was very clean and comfortable."

    Reviewed by JulianMar 2013

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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 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 Brecon Beacons National Park.

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


  • All ground floor
  • One super king-size double bedroom (can be a twin on request)
  • 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.

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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 Brecon Beacons National Park 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.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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