This is a old timber framed cottage, with bathroom extension. The decor is comfortable but not modern. The cottage is situated down a quiet country lane in the hamlet of Bircher. The nearby villages of Yarpole and Orleton are within walking distance and both have thriving village shops (Yarpole community shop is in the church) and churches. There are a wealth of footpaths in the area as well as long distance footpaths. The Mortimer Trail and Offa's Dyke path are both within reach. The area is one of rolling hills and agricultural land, in one of the most beautiful areas of the Welsh Marches. The garden is mostly lawn with scattered fruit trees which provide some shade in summer.
Cottage in Bircher, Nr. Leominster, Herefordshire, England - Ideal Walking And Cycling Base
- Calendar last updated:
- 25 Mar 2019
About Mary Walter
Gatehouse Cottage belonged to my grandparents, and was passed down to my Mother and then to myself. It was originally a farm workers cottage, and my Mother remembered the 6 children who were brought up in the small cottage with no running water or electricity. My husband and I moved to Herefordshire when he retired and now manage the cottage for holiday lets. We live about 8 miles away so can readily attend to changeovers and deal with any problems.
What makes this Cottage unique
Although the cottage is on a quiet lane, it is close to several highways, and you can travel north, south, east and west with ease, without having to retrace your steps. The garden is a delight and can be enjoyed at all times of the year. There is ample parking space, and plenty of room for children to run around.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Picturesque cottage, well supplied with all necessary equipment and plenty of information of area
Well situated for NT properties, we visited Croft Castle and did Ancient tree walk to see 400 year old sweet chestnut trees, fantastic avenue a must for nature lovers. There was also Birch common and Clee hills not too far away. We enjoyed our stay in lovely Herefordshire countryside.
Comfortable, quaint and quiet
Having stayed in the cottage last year for a long weekend, this time we had a 2 week stay. The cottage is an old timber-framed building (obviously) and has lots of character. It lies within lovely rolling countryside and in a quiet village location. The garden is long and a pleasure to be in. The weather was rather too hot, but something we learned was that timber-framed buildings are cooler. A brick building is rather like being in a large storage radiator. Highly recommended for the discerning holidaymaker.
A delightful rural retreat
The Gatehouse Cottage is an attractive and cosy half-timbered property in a delightful location. The cottage itself is comfortable, well-equipped and has ample parking for at least three cars up a short but steep drive. There is a very attractive orchard attached to the property and we were extremely fortunate in coinciding with a spectacularly bountiful apple harvest. They are delicious!
A beautifully quiet green lane alongside the cottage provides a wonderfully tranquil short walk and the nearby village of Yarpole, with its well-stocked community shop in the church is also easily reached by field paths. Nearby Bircher Common provides ample opportunities for longer walks.
The location is excellent for visits to nearby National Trust properties such as the medieval manor house at Brockhampton (highly recommended) and nearby Berrington Hall. The original Hampton Court Castle and spectacularly designed gardens are also well worth a visit. Ludlow and Leominster provide interesting places to explore and the Riverside Inn at the nearby Village of Aymestry is an excellent venue for good quality well-prepared meals.
All in all, this part of the world is over=looked and under-rated but definitely worth seeking out. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage and would recommend it unreservedly.
A week in a black and white cottage
Very comfortable cottage. Slight problem with the central heating but everything else was fine. The wood burner was excellent and there was lots of fuel available.
Kitchen had everything we needed. We would certainly stay there again.
An Excellent Cottage in a Lovely area
The timber-framed old cottage is very cosy and a pleasure to spend time in. It's placed within a lovely area and the village/hamlet is spread out and has a relaxed feel about it.
My only negative point is the lack of internet, as it's so useful to be able to look up places to visit, restaurants etc.
We were very pleasantly surprised by the lovely countryside and nearby well preserved old villages.
Charming cottage in a peaceful spot
We had the pleasure of staying in this lovely little cottage for a week in June. We were very lucky to have glorious weather which meant we spent hours in the fabulous peaceful garden when not out exploring the area. The cottage itself was characterful, clean & equipped with everything we needed. I would definitely recommend the cottage!
There are railway stations at Ludlow and Leominster and a limited bus service. Use of car is recommended.
The villages of Yarpole and Orleton are within 2 miles walking distance. Leominster is a quiet country town 5 miles south. Ludlow is 5 miles north and the renowned "foodie" capital of the Midlands. Ludlow has a wonderful castle and St Laurence Church is well worth a visit for its carved misericords.
The National Trust properties of Croft Castle and Berrington Hall are within easy reach. Bircher Common is owned by the National Trust and has wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
The Stagg at Titley is a Michelin star pub about 10 miles away, the Riverside at Aymestry is well known for good dining. There are supermarkets, banks and many independent retailers in both Ludlow and Leominster. There are swimming pools in both towns, and riding can be arranged on Mortimer Forest. Hereford is famous for the cathedral and Mappa Mundi exhibition. Further afield, Gloucester and Worcester are well worth a visit. The renowned Three Choirs Festival takes place in one of the three cathedral cities every year, the Hay literary festival is an annual event, as is the Ludlow food festival.
Booking Notes: Please contact owner. Sorry-not suitable for pets. Changeover Day: Preferred changeover day Saturday, short breaks available when booked not not than 4 weeks ahead. Please contact owner to check. Notes on prices: A deposit of 30% is required to secure the booking, the balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to commencement of the holiday. Bookings taken less than 6 weeks before the letting date must be paid in full. A full refund will be paid for cancellations up to 21 days prior to the letting date. Cancellation after this time will result in forfeiture of the full rental unless we can re-let the property for those dates. Cancellation insurance is recommended.