The Cottage is set in a rural position, in a quiet valley, beside a river and a stream, with the optional extra of the Gardeners Hut for extra campers, or a playroom. Great for the Hay Festival. It was built in the 1880's to provide a home for the railway level crossing keeper. With the closure of the railway in the 1960's it took on a peaceful & quiet existence. It is built of stone with thick walls, possibly by a water-miller given it's tolerance for the river close to which it stands. It is covered in clematis in the spring and roses in the summer. From all the windows are lovely views of the river, the fields, the woods or the garden. It is set in a deep valley through which a river and stream runs. The river runs one side of the house and the stream the other. It is surrounded by meadows and old woodland. Please note that the stairs to the kitchen are considered (by some) to be steep - please contact us if this could be a concern.
Cottage near Kington, Herefordshire, England - Rural Location, Beautiful Countryside, Sleeps 7
- Calendar last updated:
- 17 Mar 2019
In 1912 our great-grandfather, who'd grown up in the local village, and been a corn merchant in the nearby town, bought a few fields in the little valley by the river. And with it came our tranquil, beautiful cottage. We hope you enjoy our quiet place to stay.
Why Nick chose Lyonshall
Beautiful setting and a traditional cottage, with comforts but a traditional style
What makes this Cottage unique
Wonderful quiet riverside location
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Great location for an "off grid" week
Cottage is located in beautiful countryside and feels completely "off grid" with the lack of mobile reception, but is very convenient for exploring the area. Some lovely towns and walking in easy reach. We thoroughly enjoyed our week, and the cottage provided exactly what we were looking for.
Beautiful cottage, central location
The cottage is wonderful -quirky, twisty staircases, attic dorm that spans the length of the house, open fire and river running through the garden. The decor is old world charm, kitchen and bathroom are basic but have everything you need (although dryer wasn't working during our stay). No tv, weak wifi and no phone signal means you are cut off but in the summer without incident this is bliss. Even the teenagers loved it! You'll need a torch if arriving at night and keys have to be collected from a keyholder before you arrive. A special thanks to the lovely lady from the local shop who delivered our groceries before we arrived. A wonderful welcome!
Beautiful cottage and location. Very good owners - good communication and friendly/helpful. Will definitely be staying again
Good morning - thank you very much for your lovely note - it was lovely to realise you had been several times before and I am very glad that your family had a very nice time. We are delighted to have welcomed you! With best wishes.
Location, location, location
The cottage was idiosyncratic due to it's history as a level-crossing keepers cottage and the garden was superb particularly for our 2 labradors who played in the river endlessly. The stretch of road outside the cottage was closed for 4 days due to a pothole which made it extra peaceful. The location was superb for access to the Hay Festival and to a splendid range of walks in the Welsh Marches.
Nice base for exploring mid-Wales/Marches
The house is beautifully situated and peaceful. Parking is easy. Two bedrooms, bathroom/toilet, and sitting room are on one level. Kitchen is down narrow stairs, which was fine for us. It is a lovely eat-in kitchen and well-outfitted. There is a walkout to the river. Bedroom in the attic is one long room with four beds under the slanting roof. It worked well for our children. Not far from Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Offa's Dyke, Ironbridge Gorge, Clun, Brecon Beacons, and more. Plenty of room to play boardgames. Nearby grocery store (driving distance). Wifi did not work well and no cell reception. We had some confusion with directions--mostly because we did not know what HGV were when we arrived. Go down the lane warning that HGV will get stuck. With a car, you will have no issues. Our cleaning deposit was returned promptly. I only wish that I had spent more time just relaxing and enjoying the property rather than touring.
Thank you for your lovely note and so glad you had a wonderful time. You are welcome to come back to enjoy another relaxing holiday without touring! Although the area is so beautiful it is understandable that you wanted to travel around to see it all! Thank you for coming to stay.
Beautiful little railway cottage with river in the garden. It was a idyllic break from south Londond
Wonderful escape from south London to the middle of no where, with no TVs and minimal internet! We actually played in the river as a family. Perfect.
Special interest holidays:
there are many locally organised holiday activities, from painting, to walking, to cycling etc
The welsh coast is around an hour away (Aberystwyth) and lovely beaches at Aberdyfi (Aberdovey, an hour & a half away)
Birmingham airport (1 hour 50 mins, 75 miles), Bristol Airport (1 hour 55 mins, 78 miles) Cardiff Airport (2 hours, 83 miles), Heathrow (3 hours, 170 miles)
The nearest town, Kington is approx 3 miles away and can be walked to along the old tramway or cycled or driven to along the lanes. Lyonshall is approx 2 miles away with village pub.
Walking - The line of Offa's Dyke (796 A.D.), Mortimers Trail, Glyndwr's Way National Trail run nearby. The Elan Valley near Rhayader, 15 miles away has lovely walking and cycling too. Kington has many interesting alleys between the shops and houses, some of which lead down to the river. The Wye & Usk Foundation offers passport beat fishing nearby. The 18 hole course on the top of Bradnor Hill, above Kington, is the highest in Britain (1,200 feet) and has superb views. There are numerous excellent cycle routes around the area, for example, around New Radnor or Knighton. Bicycles may be hired from Drover Holidays in Hay - who will deliver the bikes to you! You can also cycle into Wales and enjoy great views. Riding and or pony trekking facilities are available at Norton (2 miles North of Presteigne), Pembridge and Hamnish (on the Worcester road, out of Leominster). Ludlow and Hereford have horse race-courses. The grounds of Hergest Croft (the other side of Kington), include a very fine arboretum. Nearby Lyonshall has a pub and beautiful church that can be reached on foot through the woods. The Heart of Wales Railway line runs from Knighton nearby. The Kington Walking Festival, Hay Festival, Sheep Music in Presteigne. There is a small library in the house.
Additional pricing information
Changeover Day: Arrival after 4pm, departure by 10am, please, unless otherwise agreed in advance. Notes on prices: Our prices include bed linen, electricity & gas, free WIFI, and assume that you will leave the property as you found it, ie tidied around, and with furniture and books returned to where you found them. If you do not wish to leave the property tidied around before you leave we ask you to leave £30 in the honesty pot. Note : we have a minimum stay rates of 3 nights rate equivalent for short stays of 3 nights or less, and 4 nights for bank holiday weekends. At Christmas, Easter & New Year we have 1 week minimum stay rates.