The Smithy is a cosy cottage with a courtyard garden situated in a rural hamlet a few hundred yards from the Mortimer Trail and on the edge of the ancient Mortimer Forest. Close to the beautiful market towns of Ludlow and and Leominster and an easy drive to Hereford or Hay on Wye. Edward IV is reputed to have had his horses shod here. Wonderful walking for people and their dogs (which we welcome).
Warren and Philippa Alexander
- Calendar last updated:
- 20 Jan 2019
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Cosy comfortable cottage
Lovely base, beautiful location 😀
A character property, in a very quiet spot
A relaxing break in a cosy cottage. Friendly and helpful owners. Plenty of things to do in the area, especially if you like walking.
Beautiful cottage, so peaceful.
The Smithy near Leominster
The cottage was ideal for two people with everything provided for a comfortable stay. Plenty of lovely white fluffy towels in the bathroom, ample storage in the bedroom, a lovely log burning stove in the lounge and everything in the kitchen that was needed. The whole experience was very positive not least to our friendly hosts (and dogs) who were always available but not intrusive. We would recommend this cosy, pretty cottage to any couple who want a 'get away from it' all break.
Charming cottage - well-set up, comfortable accomodation - perfect for a taste of country living!
Philippa and Warren (and dogs) were very welcoming and helpful, without being intrusive (hard act - which they managed well).
The cottage had a fully-equipped kitchen, leading onto a comfortable sitting room (and downstairs bathroom -sparklingly-clean) with the bedroom (v comfortable double bed) upstairs. Inside, we found everything we needed to cook our meals and chill out in front of the TV. There are a couple of local OS maps to hand, and plenty of leaflets suggesting local attractions, not to mention the useful collection of DVDs and books.
Outside, the little cobbled garden was a great suntrap - the perfect place to sit out and read or (on a more practical note) dry the washing.
On an aesthetic note, the cottage was very tastefully-decorated in keeping with its rustic past. Fans of exposed beams will not be disappointed.
We were never left wondering what to do: we visited Ludlow to admire its timbered buildings, Hereford to enjoy evensong in the Cathedral (check the Cathedral's website for details). We walked across the fields to Croft Castle (NT, great tea-rooms) and drove through the villages on the "black and white tour". The Severn Valley Railway is nearby, but (having been there on many family expeditions) we got our railway fix by travelling on part of the very scenic railway line between Shrewsbury and Swansea (Knighton to Llanwrtyd).
The Smithy is a terrific place to base a holiday, whether the weather is sunshiny or rainy. We had five nights, but with such a spacious, well-located, well-equipped and home-like venue, we could easily have stayed for twice that time. We may well find ourselves drawn back :-).
Very well maintained cottage Phillipa and Warren were lovely hosts and a great part of the country with plenty of nice towns to visit.