Colcombe House is a former Victorian fishing lodge, located in a secluded position on the banks of the River Wye. Just three miles downstream from Hereford Cathedral, accessed by a long private drive, it has retained a certain unique aura, given its location and the utter peace and tranquility that it immediately conveys to any wayward visitor.
Through its south west facing aspect, it provides a slightly imposing, yet graceful reminder of a bygone era of Victorian grandeur.
Kier Rogers is the third generation of the Rogers farming family that resides at Colcombe House. Kier learned only a few years ago of its recent history and connection with the River Wye.
"Grandfather moved here to the area just after the great depression in 1927. He started grazing strong cattle across the Herefordshire floodplains, but it was only in the late autumn of 1961 that the opportunity to acquire Colcombe House arose. Through his livestock contacts and fishing circles, and their subsequent discussions, my grandfather secured the purchase of this wonderful house in the spring of 1963.
"Wishing to learn more about the history of Colcombe House, I enquired with the previous owner as to it's provenance and discovered it was previously owned by a private Herefordshire estate. During the 1850's, a successful Lancashire manufacturing family owned Colcombe (along with its resident house-keeper), and used it exclusively as their country retreat. Indeed, these noble ‘men of standing' - as my late grandmother would describe them - were some of the more celebrated fishermen of their time. Parties would stay over at Colcombe during the peak season, enjoying abundant salmon fishing on the Wye and celebrating the splendour of this sublime rural environment."I feel passionately about the heritage of my home, and believe that this period of both splendour and the simple pleasures of the uncomplicated lifestyle should be preserved and celebrated. Hence Colcombe House Food & Drink was born out of these desires & values."
Colcombe House is a private estate established in 1927