Ledbury Makes The National Press!
Over the weekend Tom Dyckhoff from The Guardian let his readers know about the delights of Ledbury and features Mistletoe Cottage which we are currently advertising for sale. We have included extracts of the article below however you can click here for the full article from The Guardian's website.
Let’s move to Ledbury, Herefordshire: twee-free, it wears its beauty lightly
There is something irresistibly timeless about the place, in our age of freneticness
What’s going for it? I bet Ledbury’s looking seasonal today. The town’s like a Quality Street lid come to life – old-style Quality Street, before it got rid of the bonneted lady, her soldier-stalker and the ye olde street scenes from days of yore. If you want a refresher, Ledbury’s your place, its streets an utterly charming jumble of redbrick Georgian townhouses, ickle cottages and, its speciality, black and white timber-framed Tudor, twisted and tottering on to the pavements. It wears its beauty lightly. Were this not in Herefordshire, hardly in the thick of things, it would have become self-aware, pretentious. Ledbury keeps it real, with butchers, bakers and, er, gunmakers on its streets and a twee-free atmosphere, give or take the odd gifte shoppe. There is something irresistibly timeless about the place, in our age of freneticness. Inside St Michael & All Angels church lie tombs and stone effigies of knights that have weathered worse than Brexit. Meanwhile, keeping watch on the town, high above it, the rocks of the Malvern Hills, almost 700m years old (former volcanoes, say some), give a daily reality check on the transience of things.
Well connected? Trains: to Hereford (16 mins), or Worcester the other way (24-28 mins); hourly to Birmingham (71 mins). Driving: half an hour to Hereford or Gloucester, 40 mins to Cheltenham or Worcester; the M50 passes a few miles to the south.
Hang out at… The Feathers, for a full dose of wood beams and roaring fires; “convivial”, says the Good Pub Guide, and I couldn’t agree more.
Where to buy Most of the town, laid out on a gigantic cross, is made up of fine period property. The long high street, The Homend, is the place to start, especially the top end where the shops and pubs give way to homes. Also, south to the appropriately named Southend; quieter. Poshest, perhaps, is on and off the Worcester Road as the ground rises towards the Malverns, the Upper Hall Estate especially.
Bargain of the week Three-bedroom period cottage on the main drag, with scope for refurbishment and a decent garden, £240,000, johngoodwin.co.uk.