Landed Houses says: ‘Think again!’
It could be of course. Landed Houses have the most spectacularly exclusive stately homes and mansions for the most formal of balls and banqueting. However, we are not one trick ponies, oh no.
Imagine a weekend in the country where you push yourself to the limits.
Go underground, up a mountain crag, suspend yourself from a rope and generally get down and dirty. Fancy? It’s only after getting lost in a cave or stuck in sheer terror on a climb can you come back down, don ball gown or black tie and say, ‘Hey, guys it was nothing!’
Getting back to nature has never been anything like this.
You think Herefordshire is for book lovers and the second hand Hay-on-Wye types. Think again. A stay in Herefordshire can test you to the limits. Like my quick trot round the Brecon Beacons without phone, water, compass or coat that ended up as a 7 hour trek into the darkness. I shall leave that tale right there. We’d only gone out for half an hour! That was a weekend in the country I will never forget.
If exploring beneath the landscape appeals get yourself on a caving expedition.
This will make your weekend in the country something very different. It’s a thrill to know you have the whole world above you and for some that might equal terrifying. However the exquisite stillness that comes from leaving what we know behind is like nothing else. You don’t have to stick to dry caving there are a wide range of options both wet and dry, a tight squeeze or opening out into huge caverns. Don’t be put off by preconceptions. Anyone who has been on Pinterest will know the quote ‘scare yourself every day’ crops up often. So why not put theory into practice?
Don’t do it in a designer gown!
On the other hand those whose idea of an adventure is scrambling across country and hanging from rock faces then abseiling down them this might well be for you. Just don’t do it in a designer gown! If you are planning a hen or stag party for your weekend in the country and want it to be one to end all pre nuptial events, listen up.
Forget the champagne cocktails and the angel wings
Try crawling over river beds, negotiating waterfalls without falling in or getting soaked. What about abseiling into caverns whose only visitors are crazy people like you? It’s a great way to create team spirit in advance of the evening celebrations in your weekend in the country house or manor in Hereforshsire.
What would Jane Austen have made of this type of weekend in the country?
Some great examples of country houses in the region who are happy to take in guests who want to explore the countryside as well as banquet in style afterwards are: Little Gaerfields
Canon Pyon Lodge
Eardisland Manor House
Monmouthshire and Brecon are spectacular parts of the scenery. The houses themselves nestle in and watch the comings and goings over centuries. Why not write a page in your own history by doing something daring in the country? Contact Landed Houses here