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Run by a family trust, Hellens Manor is a house with its fair share of history. It also contains a wealth of period furnishings, paintings and decorations. In the late 11th century, the house was granted to the de Balun family, one of whom was a witness to the signing of the Magna Carta. It then passed through the hands of a number of families, until it was leased to Walter de Helyon, whose family gave their name to the house, and whose descendants still live in the manor. Among its attractions, Hellens can boast a room prepared for Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon; a stone hall with a great fireplace bearing the crest of the Black Prince; a music room with amazing modern curtains, and gardens that include an octagonal dovecote, a knot garden, a yew maze, a coach house with coaches, and a cider mill house.



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About the area

Discover Herefordshire

Herefordshire is split in two by the River Wye which meanders through the county on its way to the Severn and the sea. Largely rural, with Hereford, Leominster, and Ross-on-Wye the major towns and cities, its countryside and ancient villages are the county’s major asset.

Visitors can take advantage of a number of the trails which will guide them through areas of interest. Those especially interested in historic village life should try the Black and White Village Trail, which takes motorists on a 40-mile drive around timber-framed villages from Leominster to Weobley (established in the 17th century and known as a centre of witchcraft in the 18th), Eardisley (where the church boasts a 12th-century carved font), Kington, Pembridge and others. Other trails include the Mortimer Trail, the Hop Trail and the Hidden Highway, which goes from Ross-on-Wye to Chester. Hereford has a small Norman cathedral, which has a great forest of pink sandstone columns lining the nave. Inside is a chained library, a 13th-century Mappa Mundi (map of the world) and one of only four copies of the 1217 version of the Magna Carta.

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