Great Weekend


‘We had  great long weekend at the Cider Barn. It’s absolutely beautiful and a very high standard. We could have stayed longer. It’s great for large groups because of the open plan lounge/dining area. It’s very quiet and we were all surprised how well we slept, our bed was very comfortable. Burghill is a lovely area and it’s very easy and quick to get to Hereford. we are already planning our next visit.’

Rebecca – stayed January 2017


Reviewed by: JB1212016 from Reading, United Kingdom
Reviewed on: 04/30/2016 for their stay in 04/2016
1459115 – Cider Barn @ The Manor Hot Tub, Sauna, Pool & Spa
We booked a long weekend for a family get together, party of 8 adults, 3 children and baby and were thrilled with the accommodation, plenty of room for everyone (5 sofas), exceptionally comfy beds and attention to detail in the house was excellent. The hot tub was a highlight, as was the log burning fire for the colder evenings, we even had a bbq (2 provided) and played croquet on the lawn – weather was exceptionallly kind to us! Highly recommend!!

Serenity comes to Cider Barn, Herefordshire

March 2016

At long last, after a lot of cloud and rain, the sun is shining today in beautiful Herefordshire

We are pleased to welcome Nicki to her brand new, custom built beauty and treatment salon in the 17th century Barn adjacent to Cider Barn @ The Manor. Nicki can be contacted directly on

Treatments are available for guests staying in Cider Barn but we recommend booking well in advance as she is popular with local clients too. The Hen party group that were lucky enough to be here for Serenity’s opening weekend were delighted with the Salon and the range of treatments available.

We are strengthening our links with the local 18 hole Burghill valley Golf Club who are offering tee times for our guests at Cider Barn for £20/£25 midweek/weekend or for parties of 12 or more £15/£20

The restaurant offers 2 for £10 lunches Tuesday to Saturday between 12 and 2.30,  evening meals and afternoon teas. Please book in advance. The Pro shop has a GC2 Simulator where you can play any course in the World!

So many reasons to visit the beautiful County of Herefordshire and Cider Barn is only 3 miles from the historic city of Hereford with it’s ancient Cathedral housing the Mappa Mundi, the medieval map of the known World, and the Chained Library. Now that hopefully the weather is improving and spring is on it’s way we can get out and about a bit more and enjoy the countryside and scenery and walks along the river




Herefordshire and it’s History


The beautiful Herefordshire countryside has so much to offer, and here at Caroline Bulmer Properties we want to ensure you make the most of your stay. With such a large amount of things to see and do it’s hard to know how to prioritise it all, so we thought we would give you some recommendations on sights that you wouldn’t want to miss on your holiday. Herefordshire is renowned for the Cathedral, the Mappa Mundi and The Chained Library, sights steeped in culture and English heritage, here’s why they are not to be missed.

The Cathedral
Considered a must see tourist attraction in Herefordshire, the Cathedral towers majestically over the city. The sheer size of the Cathedral and the attention to detail in the architecture will have you standing in awe before you have even entered. Home to a host of treasures, the Cathedral offers magnificent painted chapels and burial shrines to be admired. The stained glass windows are imposing as you walk through towards the altar, and very few visitors leave without a lasting impression of their beauty and skill that created this amazing place. We highly recommend visiting the Cathedral whilst the choir are practising, or attend a regular service and take time out to reflect and listen to the angelic singing in the inspiring surroundings.

The Mappa Mundi
The Mappa Mundi is unique in English heritage and records how scholars of the 13th century interpreted and perceived the world in both geological and spiritual terms. It shows Jerusalem at the centre of the world, surrounded by other geographical regions, as well as illustrating biblical events and creatures of the natural world. To this day it is considered one of the most important and celebrated medieval maps, and one that many tourists seek to discover when they visit Herefordshire.

The Chained Library
The Chained Library is the largest of its kind in existence and with all the original rods and locks intact, it’s a special sight for any history buffs or medieval enthusiasts. It’s the home of many important books and manuscripts which were chained due to their high importance and value, this was a method that was considered the best security system from the middle ages. The system allows books to be read on the desk whilst remaining chained to the bookcase. The library holds a number of copies of the original Magna Carta, which is considered to be the foundation of English Law.

The Cathedral always has plenty of knowledgeable staff on hand who are happy to give a more detailed insight into the importance of the Mappa Mundi and The Chained Library. Make sure you take a visit, and share their enthusiasm about the great history of Herefordshire with them!

Caroline x


The Norfolk Beach Guide


Norfolk is one of the most beautiful coastal counties in the UK, and is renowned for it’s even more beautiful beaches. Each beach varies in landscapes, from sand dunes and sandy beaches, to vibrant rock pools. So with that in mind, and the potential that the English weather has this year, we wanted to tell all of our Bulmer property visitors about some of our favourites, so that you can really make the most of your staycation!

Hunstanton Beach
Hunstanton beach is known for its red and white striped cliffs and is a firm favourite in Norfolk. The shallow beach runs for 2 miles and when the tide goes out, it uncovers some great rock pools for the whole family to explore. Hunstanton is the only east facing town in Norfolk, so is one of few places in the UK to offer spectacular views of the sun seamlessly setting into the ocean. There are children’s activities to enjoy, so if you’re away with the whole family this would be more suitable for you.

Sheringham Beach
This beach is located by the victorian town of Sheringham. It is worth checking the tides when visiting this beach, however, if the beach is at high tide you can always take a lovely walk along the promenades and admire the sea views. When the tide is low, the beach offers the perfect sand for sandcastles, stretching as far as the eye can see, or rock pools where you can become an explorer for the day.

Cromer Beach
Where time stands still, this Victorian resort is a favourite among families, as it has expanses of sandy beach. The Pier offers not only a delicious Fish n chip shop, but it’s also the perfect place to go crabbing! Cromer beach has everything you need to enjoy a quintessential British beach holiday.

Sea Palling Beach
This gorgeous beach is popular, but not too over crowded and the sea is much calmer than other parts of the coast making it the perfect place for a swim. Sea Palling is also very close to Hickling Broad, providing the the best of both worlds if you’re a nature lover. The golden sand remains even when the tide is out which makes it ideal for anytime of day, meaning it’s always a good time to go and take in the beautiful surroundings.

Mundesley Beach
Mundesley beach is largely untouched, so If you’re looking for a quiet beach away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist spots, then we recommend Mundesley. This beach is family friendly, offering lots of space to fly kites, and of course build sandcastles throughout the summer. Mundesley beach benefits from a close sea, even when the tide is low, meaning your children are always within an arm’s distance as they paddle and play.

We are always on hand to give you any more information that you may need, so please do call us on 01432 760858. And, if you’re looking for last minute availability then take a look at our website


Caroline x

Summertime In Herefordshire

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It seems that the UK got lucky this year with the weather (although we don’t want to jinx it!) We hope that the sunshine carries on throughout July and August so that we can get outdoors and explore all that the county has to offer. So that’s what this blog post is dedicated to – things to do in Herefordshire this summer! We’re showcasing some of the best events that the county has to offer, so that our guests at Caroline Bulmer Properties have the best possible stay!

Cheltenham Music Festival – 30th June – 11th July

Each year, this event provides 12 days of thrilling musical entertainment to it’s visitors! Featuring the very best artists from across the UK and beyond, the Cheltenham Music Festival is perfect for any lover of classical music.

Beer on The Wye XI – June 10th – June 12th

Now recognised as an annual ‘must-do’ event for the county, the giant big top-style marquee will be returning once again to the banks of the River Wye – pitched right in the heart of historic Hereford. Food, drink, music & entertainment, what more could you want when holidaying in the beautiful county of Herefordshire!?

Jazz and Blues Evening With Cocktails and Dinner – July 10th

The clue is in the title! If you’re a fan of Jazz and Blues this one’s for you, party the night away at the beautiful Castle House in Herefordshire.

Comedy Club – July 17th

Held at The Courtyard in Hereford, this one is tried and tested! Go along with a group of your friends and enjoy the fast witted comedians and lively atmosphere – the evening promises to be a hoot and is bound to create amazing memories for your holiday!

Yoga Retreat – July 19th –

If you’d like to release stress, detox, improve your yoga or to simply just relax on your break in the Countryside, then rejuvenate at this yoga retreat. No prior experience needed, so anybody can go along!

IBSA Blind Football Euro Championships – August 22nd – August 29th

From Hereford to Rio… the top 2 teams at this championship will be off to the 2016 Paralympics, so all to play for. Proudly hosted by The Royal National College for the Blind, 10 teams from across Europe will be competing in this highly entertaining, fast paced sport. Come on England!

If you’re looking to stay local for a long weekend, or for a family holiday, we still have some great Last minute offers available at The Cider Barn and The Lodge.

Caroline x

Out and About in Norfolk – Summer 2015


Those of you thinking about visiting Norfolk in the coming months for a short holiday may be wondering what you can get up to during your stay. Whether you are visiting as a couple, or for a family break, we want you to make the most of your visit in the coastal county, so we’ve put together a calendar of events for you.

Norfolk is one of the top holiday counties in the UK, and is a place for all seasons, and that’s reflected in the range of events happening in the area throughout the year. From festivals to farmers’ markets, there is something for everyone when you are staying at Bulmer Properties!

LightScape // 7th June – 24th October

Perfect for those who are a fan of art! James Turrell is showcasing some of his inspiring art to the public at Houghton Hall. With pieces created since the 1960s in the image of light and space, the Houghton collection is the centre of this exhibition and will leave you amazed.

Royal Norfolk Show // 1st – 2nd July

Enjoy the best of Norfolk at the Royal Horse Show! With 650 trade stands, over 3000 animals and hundreds of attractions, you can be guaranteed a day that’s packed from start to finish.

Hoveton Hall Gardens // 1st – 28th June

If you’re a country bumpkin that has chosen to holiday on the coast, the chances are you would love Hoveton Hall! It’s beautiful gardens as you see them today are made up of several areas, all with their own unique characteristics.

Great Yarmouth Firework Display // 15th July – 26th August

There’s nothing better than standing under the stars watching fireworks, so imagine doing that on a warm summer’s night! The firework displays will run throughout July and August, and there’s also entertainment at Seaworld Entertainment Gardens, and the seafront attraction rides are open ‘till late.

Beer Festival // 17th – 19th July

Celebrate the 13th year with beer, food, drink and entertainment! This Beer Festival is now firmly established in the beer enthusiasts’ calendar, and there’s definitely a reason for it! The festival allows you to taste local and UK beers, which is the perfect treat for your holiday.

Sandringham Flower Show // 29th July

The Sandringham Flower Show is a firm favourite in the events calendar, mixing local village flower and produce competitions, trade stands, amateur and professional display gardens and a wealth of arena events. It is always the busiest day of the year on the estate, welcoming over 20,000 visitors.

Sandringham Food Festival // 8th – 9th August

There is bound to be something that takes your fancy from the huge range of food and drink at the Sandringham Food Festival. Perfect for finding some new favourite foods, and taking part in a cooking masterclass hosted by one of the nation’s best chefs!

Hunstanton Kite Festival // 16th August

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a kite! Have a fun day out with the family watching the kites fly in the sky, looking at the classic car rally, craft fair, children’s amusements and more. Sure to make a memorable day!

Best wishes,

Caroline x


Brancaster, beaches and beyond

For those of you thinking about visiting Caroline Bulmer Properties in Norfolk 2015 we thought it would be useful to give you a little bit of history about Brancaster and the surrounding area.

Brancaster is a village and civil parish on the north coast of the English county of Norfolk. The civil parish of Brancaster comprises Brancaster itself, together with Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Deepdale. This destination is famous for wild birds, a sandy beach and a Roman Fort! It is the perfect holiday location for those with young children and those who enjoy the peace and tranquility of a seaside village. As one of the driest villages in the country, there is always something to enjoy outdoors. Watch the sky fill with pink-footed geese during winter. January and February are great months for fresh beach walks, May and June offer some of the best weather for sailing, kiting and sea kayaking. October and November are glorious wildlife months.

Brancaster Beach comprises of miles of golden sand and endless views, perfect for summer walks, or for playing with children if you are visiting with your family. The beach area and some of the marshes are managed by the National Trust. The beach may also be used for windsurfing and kite karting within the permitted area.

The Staithe offers a great place to start exploring the coast, if you’re sailing you can launch a boat, and sail in the sheltered water of Scolt Head Island; or if you venture a little further west along the Norfolk Coast Path you will find the well-known ancient Roman Fort of Branodunum.

The beautiful views from Barrow Common are popular for both painting and photography, and many exhibitions and courses are run throughout the year. Enjoy the local hospitality and local seafood at The Jolly Sailors, The White Horse, Deepdale Cafe and The Crab Hut.

We do hope you can experience the beauty of the Norfolk coast with us soon.

Best wishes,



Burghill & beyond – visiting Herefordshire

As this is my first foray into blogging, I thought i’d take the opportunity to give a little more information about the two beautiful counties of Herefordshire and Norfolk. My first post is all about Herefordshire and my home county.

If you are looking for a rural retreat to enjoy with family or friends, Herefordshire has it all in spades. This bucolic county is rich with stunning landscapes, local producers and history, the perfect family English holiday spot. Whether it’s canoeing on the historic river Wye or shopping at the artisan food markets there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Our Caroline Bulmer property is located just outside of Hereford in the quaint village of Burghill. It has been suggested that Burghill may be home to the first castle built in England. It would have been built by the Normans in 1051, before the Norman Conquest. In the Doomsday Book, compiled soon after the Norman Conquest, the name of the village is spelled Burgelle. However, it has been Burghill now for the last eight centuries.

As part of the Bulmer family, there is of course a love of our local fruits; apples and pears. The whole area is surrounded by ancient orchards and is a centre for cider tourism. The best time to visit is May when the blossom is abundant and quite beautiful or the harvest time, from September onwards, when the air becomes pungent with the smell of ripened fruits.

For families the local fruit and vegetable producers, Court Farm, is a popular attraction for visitors. They grow a wide range of soft fruits, as well salad crops and even pick your own eggs! There is also a delicious tea shop, along with a play area, picnic area, farm animals, fishing pools and mountain boarding at different times throughout the year.

The stunning landscapes surrounding the village make it ideal for outdoor activities such as walking, photography and for those who want to relax with their clubs, Burghill Valley Golf Club, in the heart of the village, is a popular destination.

We are always on hand to give you our local knowledge and so please feel free to email me

Best wishes,