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).
- Cottage968 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay2 - 7 nights
Warren and Philippa Alexander
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- Response time:
- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- 20 Aug 2018
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
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.
A Happy Place - Quiet and Restful
Comfortable, cosy and ideal for a couple to get away from the busy world and relax. Everything you need for a short or longer break in the heart of a beautiful area ideal for exploration. Walk, drive, whatever takes your fancy.
A beautiful and well equipped cottage perfect for couples
This is an idyllic setting, rural location with plenty of country walks and nearby Leominster for your essentials. The Smithy is owned by the lovely Philippa and Warren who were very welcoming to us and gave us lots of advice about the locality and even brought round a stash of DVDs when the WiFi was disrupted. The Smithy is lovely, well equipped kitchen, bathroom and a gorgeous wood burner which we and our dog adored. If you are seeking a pleasant country break in a sleepy village location this is for you. Local pubs are superb and foodies can’t miss a trip to Ludlow. We also went to Hereford and bridgenorth for the Severn Valley railway all within easy reach. Thankyou to Phillipa and the doggies !
Very welcoming hosts and lots of things to see and do locally. A very well equipped and cosy cottage. Great for dogs too as Croft Castle is close and the walks there are fabulous. Our Labrador knows when we pull into the car park there that a swim is coming up!
Beautiful little cottage full of character
What a fantastic break in this stunning property! Lovely hosts who make you feel very welcome. Log burner is great, clean and tidy little cottage. Thank you so much.