Hollow Ash


Shepherd’s Hut

Shepherds Hut logo

This is a morning (or afternoon) activity over two days, which leaves you plenty of free time to enjoy your stay and explore the locality.

Session 1 (day 1): pick enough apples to fill the press; prepare the apples by washing, scratting and pressing.

Session 2 (day 2): Bottling and pasteurising. You will have up to 50 bottles of delicious apple juice from one pressing to take home.

Our apple pressing holiday is of course seasonal so it is only available from mid-September to the end of October. It is also exclusive so you will have one to one (or one to two) supervision in preparing the juice. This is an outdoor activity, so please bring suitable clothing and footwear and be prepared to pick apples whatever the weather.

Cost £150, (up to two people) 

Come and join in with the apple harvest at Hollow Ash. Our small orchards are planted with local or old varieties of apple, including Adam’s Pearmain (first recorded in Norfolk 1826), Ashmead’s Kernel (Gloucestershire 1700) and Catshead (England, 1629). We offer you the chance to pick apples and learn how to press, bottle and preserve the juice. Take home the fruits of your labour and remember your holiday when you drink your own apple juice!

Herefordshire traditional apple orchard
Basket of Apples
Local Apple Juice

‘Wonderful weekend, so peaceful and the huts are fab - you’ve thought of everything! The apple juice is DELICIOUS!!’ (Hamish & Celia)

Apple Breaks