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Pool Head Cottage is a cosy getaway located in Herefordshire, with scenic views.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Aga, woodburning stove, three bedrooms, one bath and one shower room.

The cottage is situated on the Westhide Estate and provides a contemporary and cosy holiday get-a-away in the beautiful county of Herefordshire.

The Westhide Estate offers a peaceful environment in which to relax and unwind. Enjoy walking through its 400 acre oak woodland, fishing in one of its two pools which are mainly filled with carp, or just sipping a glass of wine whilst enjoying the incredible views of the Malvern Hills and Black Mountains - both of which provide outstanding hiking, mountain biking and horse riding opportunities.

This holiday cottage at a glance

Sleeps six guests.

Three bedrooms.

One bathroom and one shower room.

Wood burning stove.


Gardens (front garden overlooks a large pond, please ensure children are supervised).

Up to two well behaved dogs are welcome at the property (small additional charge per dog).


Minimum of a three night stay.

Additional features

Grade II listed blacksmiths forge.

Original oak beams

In the basement there is a snug room/children's play room with large sofa bed for visitors (no charge).

Attractive, large, fully enclosed back garden and decked seating area.

Easily accessible from the M5.

London to Westhide is approximately three hours.

Gas Aga, integrated gas hob and electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and small freezer, additional two fridges and freezer located in the outside shed.

Washing machine and tumble dryer.

TV, DVD, CD player.

Travel cot and high chair available on request

Gas barbecue.

Attractions and nearby amenities

Enthusiastic walkers can easily walk the three miles to the neighbouring village of Withington to find the Cross Keys public house (bar only) and local shop.

Food and wine connoisseurs will enjoy visits to Westons Cider, the Three Choirs vineyard and historic wool town of Ludlow - famous for its numerous Michelin Star restaurants - time it right and you could enjoy one of the many fantastic local food festivals, including Abergavenny and Ludlow.

Hereford is just six miles away and benefits from a mainline station, making access by rail an option. Worcester is also within easy driving distance and offers a wealth of restaurants, shops, entertainment and attractions.

Other places to visit in the area include the historic Eastnor Castle surrounded by a beautiful arboretum, lake and deer park, the beautiful gardens at Hampton Court offering a variety of events throughout the year and the popular tourist town of Symmonds Yat.

There is also horse racing at Hereford and Cheltenham and the many farmers' markets hosted in the local market towns of Ledbury, Ross-on-Wye and Hay-on-Wye - also home of the Guardian Literary Festival.

Another wonderful place to explore is the Hereford Cathedral and Mappa Mundi which is unique in Britain's heritage. An outstanding treasure of the medieval world, it records how 13th century scholars interpreted the world in spiritual as well as geographical terms.

More Details

Property Manager
Rural Retreats Holidays Ltd
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
12 August, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Hereford in Malvern Hills District

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Spa
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Kitchen
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • First floor: En-suite shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite shower room
    First floor: Family bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Family bathroom with bath and separate shower
  • En-suite shower room Family bathroom with bath and separate power shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • First floor: Master bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master bedroom with 6' zip and link bed
    First floor: Double bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Double bedroom with 6' zip and link bed
    First floor: Double bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Double bedroom with 5' bed
  • En-suite shower room Family bathroom with bath and separate power shower
  • Television
  • Garden
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
Gas central heating. Gas Aga, integrated gas hob and electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and small freezer, additional two fridges and freezer located in the outside shed. Washing machine and tumble dryer. TV, DVD, CD player. Travel cot and high chair available on request. WiFi*. Gas barbecue. *Please note that internet access is offered at this property for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use. Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to guests free of charge. Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor Rural Retreats will be held responsible.


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Other Activities:

Places to visit and things to do in the area include

Hergest Croft gardens (01544 230160) owned by a past secretary of the RHS. The Rhododendrons in Park Wood in May are spectacular. They also stage several open air productions during the summer.

Westonbury Water Mill (01544 388650). Water gardens featured previously on TV.

Croft Castle (01568 780462) interesting buildings and gardens. Fabulous walks in the woods and up on the common.

Bryans Ground (01544 260001) Lovely interesting garden in Presteigne with wonderful Yew hedging. Only open at certain times or by appointment.

Eastnor Castle, Ledbury (01531 633160) medieval-type castle with lots to do!

Berrington Hall (01568 615721). Impressive National Trust property.

Black and White Village tour - takes you through all the gorgeous villages in this part of Herefordshire.

Judges Lodge, Presteigne - interesting place in lovely historic market town.

Stokesay Castle, Shropshire SY7 9AH - finest 13th century fortified manor house in England.

Children's Activities

Hampton Court Gardens (01568 797777) for both adults and children. There is a maze, underground passage and grotto. Lunch in the Orangery is inexpensive and good. Not open all year round so check first. This is a really great place.

Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre, Kington, HR5 3HF (01544 231109) Interesting collection of animals you can close to and lots of owls!

Bushcraft, raft building and bridge building The Great Escape Fantastically organised and great fun. One day or two days (including camping out. Also will do private parties.

Quad Biking and paint balling, rope climbing and more, Oaker leisure, Yarpole (015475 30711)

Llangorse multiactivity Centre - indoor and outdoor climbing, zip wires, riding and other activities.

Go-karting, Herefordshire raceway (01544 318334). Theses are truly fast! Only suitable for older children.

Wye valley Canoe Centre, Glasbury-on-Wye (01497 847213). Beautiful views of the Black Mountains and lots of picnic spots en route.

Eastnor Castle, Ledbury (01531 633160) medieval-type castle with lots to do! And there's a clay pottery workshop (01531 633886).

Ten Pin Bowling and Golf Driving range, The Grove, Leominster (01568 610602).

Swimming pools in Leominster (0845 2412540) and Ludlow (01584 874620) - Ludlow is further away but more fun for children with flumes.

Horse Riding, (07817624805). Alison Robbins, Churchill house, Kimbolton.

Bush craft Adventures (01544 318478) bushcraft and woodland management courses.

Taste for Adventure, The Hafod, Credenhill, Hereford HR4 7DA (01432 761398) - run by ex SAS soldier Brummie Stokes. Fantastically organised centre with activities on and off site. It boasts Europe's premier high ropes course, super jumper trampoline, archery, assault course to name but a few.

Court Farm and Leisure, Tillington, Hereford HR4 8LG (01432 760271) - mountain boarding. All equipment and tuition provided.

Brecon Mountain Railway (01568 722988). If you are mad on steam trains it is worth the drive through the stunning Welsh scenery.

Art courses with Mr Splosh (01568 617433)

Outdoor Activities

Flying lessons at Shobdon airfield (01568 708369) (01568 70802).

White Water Rafting Black mountain activities (01497 847897).

Indoor tennis at Bridge Street Sports centre, Bridge Street Sports Centre Leominster (01568 611172).

Horse Riding, Alison Robbins, Kimbolton (07817 624805) small stables with good instructor.

Golf Kington golf course (01544 230340) - England's highest golf course. A great course, unique and challenging in many ways. The views after the first few holes are spectacular. Mind the sheep on the fairways!

Go-Karting Herefordshire recaway (01544 318334). These are truly fast!

Quad biking paint balling, rope climbing and more, Oaker leisure, Yarpole (015475 30711).

Canoeing Wye valley Canoe Centre, Glasbury-on-Wye (01497 847213). Beautiful views of the Black Mountains and lots of picnic spots en route.

Gym, pool, sunbeds and sauna, The Burton Hotel, Kington (01544 230323) New good well equipped leisure centre. Currently £15 a day membership.

Horse Trecking Horse trecking, Glasbury-on-Wye (01497 847351)

Mountain Boarding, Court Farm and Leisure Tillington (01432 760261) or Out To Grass, Woodend Farm, Cardley, Malvern, Herefordshire WR13 5JW (01886 880099). Great teaching, for adults and children.

Climbing, zip wires and more Taste for adventure centre, Crendenhill (01432 761398), Outdoor pursuits in abundance for adults and children run by well known ex-SAS soldier.

Balloon Flights Espiritu Balloon Flights, Shropshire (01743 790100)

Clay pigeon shooting Clay Pigeon shooting, Griffin-Lloyd shooting ground, Knighton (01547 550300)

Walking Hergest Ridge - great views of Mid Wales.

Rally Driving Rally (01547 550300). For off-road rally training.


Ludlow Assembly Rooms 1 Mill Street, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1AZ (01584 878141). Not your high tech cinema but a very relaxing place to watch a film, see a play, band or comedian. They have a varied schedule and also run children's art, drama and dance classes.

The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR (0870 1122330). They have a range of plays, films, comedians, bands and concerts. There is a coffee bar and also a restaurant.

Malvern Theatre, Malvern, Worcestershire (01684 892277). A Fantastic theatre with great plays - including pre runners for the Westend at a fraction of the normal ticket cost.

Odeon Cinemas, Commercial Road, Hereford (08712244007)

Assembly Rooms, Presteigne (01544267163). The place to go for a seriously alternative/arty film during the winter months.

Catering Services

Scrummmy Bites 01568 709142 / 07837 848923. Delicious food made from whenever possible local ingredients. Sam has a passion for food which is reflected in his cooking. He also has a small cafe at his house: Stoneleigh, Kingsland, HR6 9QS

Sophie Griffiths-Goddard 01544 388161 / Chef and Patron of the restaurant at Dunkertons cider mill. Sophie left medical school to cook and worked under Michelin starred chef Sean Hill at The Walnut Tree. Organic local ingredients. She is talented and enthusiastic.

Yoko's 07800 944445 email: Authentic Thai cuisine cooked in your home. We've not tried it yet ourselves but have been told it's good.

A2ZEST 01432 356547 - Very good caterers with fabulous and informative website. Will do either specialised dinner party or simpler food to give you a rest from the kitchen. They use local ingredients and suppliers.

Jane Lloyd 01584 875240 - Very good caterer will do drop offs or fully serviced dinner parties with advanced notice.

Sally's Pantry, Kington 01544 239000 / 07769873549 Delicatessen with ready made simple food.

Organic Revolution 01544 231688 Fresh organic fruit and vegetables (including eggs) delivered to your door.

The Rolling Roaster 01568 720302 or 07801 131363 You can hire a spit roast machine and buy a free range pig or lamb or have someone do it all for you!

Wine Merchants

Andrew Darwin Wines 01544 230534 - An Enigmatic and knowledgeble local wine merchant with boundless energy who is very happy to deliver.

Local Pubs

The New Inn, Pembridge (01544 388427). Just a fantastic pub - as pubs should be. Good honest non-fussy food (and not a microwave in sight), as far from Nouvelle cuisine as you could get! If you are a large group then if you give Jane (The Landlady) some advance notice they'll cook a whole joint of beef for you and it's worth it.

The Angel, Kingsland (01568 709195). Nice pub. Food pretty good and steak nights on Wednesday for £5 a bargain.

The Harp Inn, Old Radnor (01544 350655). Great location and charming. On a hill with views of mid Wales. New owners who have really improved the food.

The Tram Inn, Eardisley (01544 327251). Recently and tastefully refurbished. Good restaurant-type food and a boule court.

The Royal Oak, Gladestry (01544 370669). Old fashioned and charming pub over the border into Wales.

The Salutation Inn, Weobley (01544 318443). Nice pub in idyllic Herefordshire village.

The Bulls Head, Craswall (01981 510616). Very good food and the decor in the bar is wonderfully untouched for many decades. Phone first to check it is open and to book if eating.


The Stagg Inn, Titley (01544 230221) - Michelin 1* restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere. Much written about in the national press.

The Cider Barn @ Dunkerton's Cider Mill, (01544 388161) Great locally sourced food and organic cider made on-site (though there is also a wine list and other drinks if you are not that way inclined!). New Chef and Patron Sophie Griffiths-Goddard left medical school to cook and previously worked under Michelin starred chef Sean Hill at The Walnut Tree. Open lunchtimes Thurs - Sunday and evenings Monday, Wednesday - Saturday.

Mr Underhill's (01584 874431) Fantastic 1* Michelin Restaurant in Ludlow - you have to book well in advance for dinner. Great setting for a summer's lunch. It is currently up for sale so there may be some changes. Please call first.

The Lion, Leintwardine (01547 540203). Great new pub and restaurant. Food is excellent and a lovely place to sit by the River Teme on a summer's evening.

The Riverside Inn, Aymestry (01568 708440) - attractive riverside pub with good food - try and dine in the pub rather than the restaurant as ambience is better. Near Wheely Wonderful Cycling if you wanted to combine activity with lunch.

Jules' Restaurant, Weobley (01544 318206). A more old fashioned restaurant and the chef and owner is very charismatic (Herefordshire's answer to Basil Faulty). Never disappointing.

The Hat Shop, Presteigne (01544 260017). Good ambience and inexpensive. Go for a drink at The Radnorshire Arms first.

The Jolly Frog, Lentwardine (01547 540298). For a land locked county this gastropub does great seafish - the dressed crab is just amazing.

La Becasse, Ludlow (01584 872325). Newly awarded a Michelin*.

The Clive Restaurant, Brimfield (01584 856665). Buzzy modern restaurant next to the new Ludlow organic food Centre. It is worth visiting both.

The Garden, Stoneleigh, Kingsland (01568 709142). Coffee/tea room which also serves lunches. Run by Sam from Scrummy bites in his own house - an excellent and really enthusiastic caterer


Hyberbad, Kington (01544 231999). Friendly local Indian Takeaway. Very reasonably priced.

The Bangalore Lounge, 27A West Street, Leominster (01568 620178). Definitely the pick of the bunch. The food here is just great. The restaurant is up an unattractive stairway above the Halifax but don't be put off. You must book and ask not to sit upstairs as it's much nicer downstairs.

Shagbagh, Leominster (01568 614500). Usual Indian Takeaway - will deliver for very little cost.

The New Golden Dragon, 21 Broad Street, Leominster (01568 613203). Usual Chinese takeaway.

Local Towns

Ludlow - a beautiful Elizabethan and Georgian Town with 11th century castle numerous antique shops and a 1* Michelin Restaurant. Dinham House is certainly worth a visit (01584 878100). Many events are organised in the town so it is worth ringing the tourist office (01584 875053).

Presteigne - pretty Georgian Town. Judge's Lodgings (01544 260650) are very interesting. Once a very important town and now has many things going on particularly on the art front including an annual music and art festival. The Sidney Nolan Trust is just outside the town (01544 267362).

Hay on Wye (01497 820144) - famous for it's literary festival and bookshops. Lots of interesting shops. Go for a walk on Hay Bluff followed by a goat's milk ice cream at Shepherds.

Leominster (01568 616460) - the centre is lovely. There are some really good antique shops, it's gradually getting more well known but there are still some bargains - most of the best shops are on Broad Street.

Hereford (01432 268430) - nice in the centre. There's the Norman cathedral, the mappa mundi and chained library. Go to All saints Cafe, Good food at the left bank and The Castle Pool Hotel. Average shopping.

Kington (01544 230778) - Start for the Offa's Dyke Trial. A small town with 2 butchers, excellent greengrocer (who also sells fish and game) and delicatessen.

Local Villages

Pembridge - Black and White village with very old market place. Chapel Gallery worth a look. The New Inn is a great pub. Walk down to the river - children can swim there in the summer.

Eardisland - voted prettiest village in Herefordshire in 1999

Weobley - English village of the year 2000. Jules' restaurant is fun - a charismatic owner and chef. Salutation Arms also good.

Eardisley - another pretty black and white village. The tram Inn is attractive does good food and there's a boule court.

Clun - a wonderful place on the Welsh borders.

Shobdon - not much to see other than Shobdon Church, it's famous and unusual - worth a look.


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