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Herefordshire

(7 Posts)
Lesley60 Mon 23-Sep-19 07:28:43

Hi my husband and myself have recently retired and are thinking of moving to Hereford to be closer to our daughter and grandkids, please can anyone recommend areas to live, I haven’t got a massive budget as I’m looking to downsize but would like somewhere with a village feel to it and wondering if any of you nice people live there and could recommend somewhere I don’t care about shops or transport.
Thanks in advance

Luckygirl Mon 23-Sep-19 08:57:41

It all depends whether you want rural - and there are some very rural bits! - or urban. Or outskirts.

There are some lovely villages around with great communities.

Where exactly do family live?

I have lived in this county since 1973, so might be able to help.

Lesley60 Mon 23-Sep-19 09:19:13

Thanks for your reply Luckygirl she Lives in Hampton Bishop and has advised me not to go to HR1 due to the volume of traffic going through the town, I would like semi rural and would love to live somewhere with a nice community feel, I don’t want to be to far away from where she lives so that I can pick up the grandkids from school, although I drive so maybe up to 20 minutes from her wouldn’t be to bad.

Luckygirl Tue 24-Sep-19 09:16:56

Sorry for delay in getting back.

Your DD is on the north side of the river and there are several villages nearby: Mordiford (good pub and lovely wood nearby. ), Fownhope, Lugwardine, Bartestree. None are what you would call rural. There is a health centre with swimming pool etc within easy reach of all of these villages.

I am more familiar with the villages south of the river.
Little Dewchurch is a lovely little village with a good community feel. Kingsthorne, Much Birch and Little Birch are all nice villages which segue one into the other. All have lovely views but are only 10-15 minutes from town (Hereford). There is an excellent doctor's surgery in Much Birch. Much Dewchurch is also a good place to be.

Heading further south, there are the villages of Wormelow (has a shop - open 7.30 to 9pm, as also is the Post Office there) , St Weonards (also has a shop). Really rural are the villages of Orcop and Garway, which is an extraordinary place with a pub, small primary school and amazing new community centre built with lottery money - it is a "passsiv" building and is an architectural gem - loads of stuff going on there all the time, and a great community feel. I am always driving over there!

Good luck with your searches. Lots of the villages have their own websites, so it is worth looking at these.

HildaW Tue 24-Sep-19 11:04:02

We have recently moved from Herefordshire....to be near family but loved our time there. One of the nicest villages we got to know was Yarpole near Leominster. It has a lovely community complete with community run shop (in the church) and a community run Pub. Everyone we got to know was lovely there and I'd always be happy to recommend it. Leominster is a nice friendly little town as well - a little rough around the edges but it has a very genuine feel. Its well known on the antiques trail and is featured regularly in tv antique programmes - we got to really enjoy its warm and friendly vibe. Good luck with your search.

Lesley60 Tue 24-Sep-19 11:44:11

Thank you both so much for your replies and recommendations

knspol Wed 06-Nov-19 11:55:57

Fownhope is a lovely village, lots of activities plus great doctors surgery, maintained fire station, post office/village shop, butchers & 2 nice pubs. 10 min drive to Hereford , passing through Hampton Bishop.