Farm Cottage

Exterior of Farm cottage
IN BRIEF
  • Lovely cottage for a couple, two couples or a small family, sleeping 2-4
  • Dog-friendly
  • Great hill farm location with exceptional views
  • Rare breed meat, eggs and veg in season available to buy on the farm
  • Close to Hay-on-Wye
  • Pub in walking distance

A lovely cottage on a proper working hill farm, Farm Cottage is perfect for couples who want to escape to real countryside with uplifting views; or for families with children, who will love the sheep, cows, pigs, turkeys, ducks and chickens. The friendly owners supply meat, eggs and home grown vegetables in season, as well as a jam-making kit, if foraging is your thing. And visitors are invited to walk around the farmland and enjoy the fresh air, wildlife and beautiful surroundings. Sleeps 2 to 4 (plus an infant and up to 2 good, stock-friendly dogs).

Bicycle Original wooden screen panelling

Fifteenth-century Farm Cottage was once the original farm house. It has recently been carefully restored, respecting the old building’s origins, while at the same time creating a wonderfully light and spacious holiday cottage.

Beautifully furnished

Downstairs, the front of the cottage comprises the old rooms – a cosy sitting-room with a wood burner, and a dining-room; and at the back, an extension incorporates an old pigsty, producing a really successful fusion of old and new. This extension is now an airy double-height kitchen, with downstairs loo and utility room, and big, fully-opening glazed doors leading out onto a sunny patio. The whole of the ground-floor has underfloor heating, so you are greeted - the luxury! - by warm flag-stones as you come downstairs on a cold winter’s morning.

Living room with wood burner Lovely real wood fire

Upstairs, a spacious landing leads into a master bedroom with a double bed, an ensuite shower room (with loo and wash hand basin), a second double bedroom (an extra mattress can be supplied if your children can't share a bed) and a family bathroom (with shower over the bath, loo and hand basin). Outside, a sunny terrace, with a flower bed, and herbs to pick, has the most beautiful unspoilt view. The big glazed doors open completely so that meals can easily be brought out from the kitchen to enjoy al fresco, and children can run safely around the field in front, with plenty of room for ball games, and in full view of the parental gaze.

Kitchen Cottage kitchen
Kitchen and foldback doors to patio

Things to do around Farm Holiday Cottage

The owners are delighted for visitors to roam around the farm and explore.They will put a red ribbon on a gate if there is a lively bull in it, or if cows are about to calve, so that you know which fields to avoid on your walks. They will also show you around the farm, if you’d like a little tour. The farm is in the Higher Stewardship scheme to protect its ancient hedges, woods and wild flower meadows. It has also been awarded Farm Assured status, and has been featured on local and national radio for the work it does with local schools. Managed in a sympathetic way, the farm is a haven for wildlife. Red kites and buzzards hunt the meadows during the day, whilst owls patrol the hedges at night. Farm Cottage is one of the buildings on this picture-book farm steading, so there will be some farmyard sounds, including the clucking of chickens, the moo of a cow, the baa of some sheep, and the rumble of a tractor in a field. But this is heaven for children - especially for those who live in an urban area.

Gallery Outdoor seating Bath and shower

The tantalising view of the Black Mountains a mile to the west invites you to explore their mysterious allure, as well as take part in all the sturdy outdoorsy things on offer - walking, mountain-biking and pony-trekking. As a contrast, there are Norman castles, market towns, and interesting old churches to investigate. Welcoming local pubs and excellent restaurants are in good supply to refresh you after all these activities.

Main bedroom 2nd bedroom

Face the other direction towards England at the more bucolic attractions of the countryside around the River Wye, and have a go at canoeing, wild swimming, fishing, or simply enjoying some scenic riverside walks. Hay-on-Wye, the famous book town, is 12 miles away, and is also a great place to visit for antiques, art galleries, little boutiques, bistros, pubs and excellent ice-cream. Visit the city of Hereford at 11 miles away for the famous Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library, both next to the cathedral. There is also a superb café in All Saints Church in the centre of the city, and a handy Pizza Express near the cathedral for flagging children. Abergavenny, with its markets, covered market hall, and now famous September food festival is 10 miles away. For closer shopping, good supplies can be had at the village shop 3 miles away in Longtown, and you can pick up superb fish and chips in Ewyas Harold on your way home (3 ˝ miles). The Crown at Longtown, which serves good pub food, is 3 miles away and can be walked to across fields. The owners also recommend The Cornewall Arms in Clodock as a good watering-hole. Both Tesco and Ocado deliver, so you can even choose not to set foot outside Upper House Farm.

Patio doors opened up Arranging lunch!

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner (logs supplied free of charge)
  • Free WIFI
  • Mobile reception possible but patchy around farm (owners offer use of their phone if necessary)
  • TV with DVD
  • CD-player/radio
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Oil-fired Rayburn, plus electric hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Lots of freezer space available in nearby barn
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing-machine, plus airer and washing-line
  • Store cupboard essentials included (coffee, tea, sugar, s&p etc)
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc)
  • Elec, heating, hot water and logs included
  • Underfloor heating on the ground-floor
  • Baby-friendly (ask owner for travel cot, high chair)
  • Dog friendly (up to 2 well-behaved dogs welcome downstairs, but be aware that there are farm animals in the vicinity, so your dogs must not chase or worry stock)
  • Garden furniture
  • Ensuite loo, basin and shower room in the master bedroom, plus separate family bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and loo
  • Excellent meat available to buy from the farm (sausages etc), as well as veg in season and fresh eggs
  • Farm Cottage is one of the buildings on the farm steading
  • Great walks around the farm and beyond
  • Pub a 3-mile walk away across fields (serves good pub food)
  • Free grazing available for a horse or pony
  • Please take advice in bad weather, as the farm is away from the public road

Live online booking

Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.

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Beautiful holiday cottage views Sheep and the Black Mountains

From the visitors book at Farm Cottage

'What a beautiful house and lovely area. We enjoyed walking in the local lanes and visiting the many interesting towns all around. Thank you to our welcoming and kind hosts. We'd love to come again.' Clive, Noelle, Jon and Jonah, Pembrokeshire.

'We are going home completely recharged. We have loved being here. Thank you for all your kindness. See you again soon!' Ros and Philip, Tewkesbury.

'Thank you for a wonderful week. Stunning cottage, amazing views. Heidi loved all your farmyard animals. The area is full of things to do and walks to be had. We will be back!' Chris, Kari and Heidi, London.

'Gorgeous cottage, perfect weather and stunning countryside. Thank you for a lovely honeymoon break.' Fred and Sarah, Cambridge.

'Just a quick note to say that we had a fantastic holiday at the farm. We kept the kids busy when we got back so that they didn't miss it too much! It was just the break we all needed and we hope to be back soon.' Gavin, Julia, Elodie and Larry, London.

'Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful cottage with us. We had a great stay, just what we needed. A welcome break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Hope to be back soon'. Alice and Daniel, London.

By email: 
'Dear Caroline,
I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you so much for arranging Farm Cottage at such late notice on Friday. Sarah and I had a wonderful relaxing break in what really is an amazing cottage, so good in fact we would have been happy to move straight in and live there!
Liz and Simon were lovely hosts and we are so grateful that they were happy to accommodate us with less than 2 hours notice! Hopefully next time we visit we can chat to them a bit longer and take up their offer of meeting the 'animals'. Please can you pass on our thanks to them both, and especially thanks to Simon for the 'rescue' when he had to pull my car out of the mud after I pulled over onto the verge to let the dog out for a quick walk! I was fascinated to hear of the career change from theatre production to farming and if he is not too fed up of telling it, would love to hear more about the story next time!
Thank you once again and we can't wait for our next visit.
Alex' (Alex and Sarah, from Gloucestershire)