Dating back to the founding of Lady Hawkins School in 1632 , the Old School House & Cottage may be rented separately or together. Both have original features, woodburners, oak floors, Shaker-style kitchens. The House offers light & spacious family-friendly accommodation with two sitting rooms & large kitchen. The Cottage is open-plan & self-contained, with exposed beams, white walls & its own bell tower. Both have lovely southerly views across the Arrow Valley. Large lawned garden, off-road parking for 3 cars. Situated in a conservation area on the edge of the unspoilt small market town of Kington & at the foot of Hergest Ridge, part of the Offa's Dyke Path, a few minutes walk from Kington's local amenities and the natural beauty of the surrounding Welsh border countryside. Ideally situated for visitors to mid-Wales & the Marches, walkers, canoeists, cyclists. Easy reach Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, Rhyader, Builth, Brecon, Presteigne, Black Mountains, Golden Valley.
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- 16 Aug 2018
The Old School House is our family home & the Cottage is our annexe. We hope you will enjoy their space & character as much as we do. Our idea with the cottage is to offer an alternative to B & B, a simple place where you can stay for just a couple of nights if that is all the time you have, eat when and what you want, sleep in or get up early, stay in or go out - it is your space. Work and adventure has taken us abroad for the time being which is why we have let our house as a holiday home as well as the cottage. Audrey, who manages both properties for us, is our neighbour and friend and will take care to ensure everything is clean and ready for your stay and should you have any queries or difficulties she will be happy to help you. Please feel a warm welcome from us! Judith and Mark.
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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.
Good location lovely big house that suited our family gathering.
The house and garden was good for our family to meet up. Wonderful weather also helped.( I did think that the booking included the cottage- as the advert seemed a little ambiguous)but the house. And garden was spacious enough to accommodate us all well.
great for a family gathering
Pictures don’t do it justice it is a lovely old property in a lovely location , everything you need is there we couldn’t have asked for more. Was lovely and warm and welcoming
We had a fantastic weekend at the old headmasters house. It felt like a home from home.
We met up with old friends. This house was great for two families coming together because of the space and facilities. We had a great time. The reason that I gave it only a 4star was that the place was quite difficult to heat. After a day of the heating being on constantly it felt warm. The fire helped in the sitting room to get that room cosy. Its a downside of old listed buildings but we will definitely be back again. We had a great stay and it is in idillic surroundings. Would recommend it for large family gatherings.
Thank you for the review Mathew. It has been particularly cold and normally I would have the heating on day before in very cold weather, but for some reason the timer had been changed and the heating did not come on and I had not realised. In normal circumstances the heating works very well!
The property was clean, well equipped and very spacious. The views were lovely too!
A spacious house near to the amenities of Kington. We enjoyed walks to the town and surrounding countryside including to Hergest Croft gardens nearby.After a nice meal at The Lion we enjoyed the warmth and cosiness from the log burner in the living room.
Even better than we expected!
The property was just stunning. So much space and we had everything that we needed. Plus all the beautiful old features, amazing range cooker (I want to take it home with me!) and lovely views.
Magnificent stay in this great cottage
When we arrived at the cottage we couldn't believe the size of the place. We had family coming in and the cottage was perfect to accomodate them all without being crowded.
We enjoyed a lot of cooking and the Kitchen had everything we needed. All of the bedrooms are clean and tidy and more than big enough for us all.
It felt like a comfortable family home for our 10 days we were there. Audrey welcomed us and assisted us throughout our stay with grace. The cottage is set on beautiful grounds with magnificent views to the rear across the valley.
A great stay for all. I reccomend this cottage highly for everyone wanting that little bit more.
59 miles to the seaside and university town of Aberystwyth. 64 miles to the wild sandy beaches of Ynyslas, Borth. Aberdovey is also accessible for a day-trip (abt 70miles). We can recommend good nearby places (some within walking distance) for picnicking and paddling in the River Arrow and Backbrook. River swimming is popular in the River Wye at Hay-on-Wye (20mins) where there is also fishing, and kayaks and canoes for hire. Nearest rowing and sailing is Llangorse lake (approx 45mins).
Nearest airport : Birmingham International (74 miles). Nearest railway stations: Leominster (15 miles), Hereford (20 miles). Local bus services connect Kington to: Hereford, Llandrindod Wells, Presteigne, Gladestry, Lyonshall, Eardisley
Local taxi services available. Use of a car is not essential.
Within walking distance: Hergest Croft Gardens (10 minutes), Hergest Ridge (20 minutes), The Small Breeds Farm and Owl Centre (25 minutes), Kington town (5 minutes). Clyro, Hay-on-Wye, 'town of books' (13 miles), Leominster - antiques (15 miles), Hereford Cathedral & Mappa Mundi (20 miles), Rhayader (25 miles), Ludlow (26 miles), Brecon (37 miles). National Trust properties: The Cwmmau Farmhouse (6 miles), Croft Castle (18.6 miles), Berrington Hall (19 miles), The Weir Gardens (approx 18 miles).
Kington (popln 2,500) is a small but busy historic market town on the Welsh border, situated between the hills of Wales & the apple-orchards and timber-framed villages of Herefordshire. Rising above the town, Hergest Ridge provides a magnificent panorama of Radnor Forest, the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons & as far as the Malvern and Cotswold hills. A centre for walking, Kington is on both the Offa's Dyke Path & the Mortimer Trail. In the town itself, the shops are local & individual. As well as a Coop supermarket, petrol station, post-office and bank (HSBC), they include: two prize-winning butchers selling locally produced meat, a greengrocer & fishmonger, two bakeries, tea-rooms, Chinese & Indian take-aways, a delicatessen. Other attractions include the weekly livestock market, Saturday market, the Gulbenkian awarded Kington Museum with its excellent exhibition about Kington's World War II heritage site, Kington Camp (www.kingtoncamp.co.uk), and a range of pubs including The Tavern and the Oxford Arms. The Harp at Old Radnor and the Michelin starred pub-restaurant, The Stagg at Titley, are nearby. A gym, spa and heated pool are available at The Burton Hotel in Kington itself. Suggested places of interest for days out from Kington: the Black and White Villages (Pembridge, Weobley, Eardisland, Eardisley), the Golden Valley, Abbey Dore Cistercian abbey, Kilpeck Church, the Black Mountains and Llanthoney Priory, Rhayader and the Elan Valley with mountain road to Devil's Bridge, the Gilgrin Red Kite Centre, Hereford and the Mappa Mundi, Hay-on-Wye, Llangorse Lake and Riding and Climbing Centre. Cycle-hire, canoeing, sailing, riding, climbing, cider-tasting, are all available within an hour's drive from Kington. Festivals and events: Rough Ride Cycle Event, Hay Festival, The Royal Welsh Show (Builth),Sheep Music (Presteigne), Presteigne Music Festival, Kington Steam Fair, Kington Show, Kington Walking Festival (Sept 21 - 24).
Booking Notes: Email or phone. Deposit required to secure a booking. Changeover Day: Our changeover day is flexible but is usually Fridays though we do consider saturdays please ask if you require a different start day as this may be possible. Arrival from 3pm, departure by 10.30am. Both short and long-stays available, please enquire. Notes on prices: For the House, prices include some complimentary tea, coffee, sugar, milk, plus one basket of wood for the woodburner. For the Cottage, prices also include complimentary tea, coffee, sugar, milk,plus 1 basket of logs for the woodburner. The Cottage price is for up to two people for the property per night, minimum two nights. Weekly rates are available, from £300 - please contact us.