Gattimer Lodge

Patio doors


  • Luxurious comfort
  • Very peaceful location in the glorious Golden Valley
  • Well-situated for access to both the River Wye and the Black Mountains
  • Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor
  • Walkable to country village with good food pub
  • A 10-minute drive to Hay-on-Wye
  • Sleeps 2 to 6 (plus 2 children and an infant)
  • Discount for a couple outside the school holidays (based on the use of one bedroom only)

Light, bright, and beautifully decorated, Gattimer Lodge is pervaded by a feeling of generous hospitality, creating the sense of being in a wonderful boutique hotel – but without all the irritations of staying in one. And, of course, there’s much more space. Creature comforts are everywhere, from super-comfy beds and fluffy white towels, slippers and bathrobes to little welcoming touches like hand-wrapped biscuits and bottles of water in the bedrooms. Sleeps 2 to 6 (plus 2 children and an infant).

There is a 15% discount available for a couple outside the school holidays (based on the use of one bedroom only). You will find an option for this when you book.

Living room with gorgeous modern woodburner
Living room Dining table
Spacious living and dining room

A spacious and light-filled living-room has luxuriously comfortable sofas, a top-of-the-range wood burner, generously-long interlined curtains, and cosy carpeting throughout. A long view of the Golden Valley stretches out from the big glazed doors, with hills on either side.

Patio doors with views
French windows to patio area Front door French windows to bedroom

This lodge has two of its bedrooms on the ground floor, useful for those who don’t like using stairs. Each bedroom is privately-situated in the big spacious barn, and each double bedroom has its own ensuite shower room, too. An ante-room with  twin beds for children is upstairs, along with the third double bedroom and third shower-room.

Main bedroom Main bedroom with Roberts radio
Shower Ensuite shower room

Outside, there is a big deep terrace with garden furniture for soaking up the sunshine. One of the owners is an excellent gardener and has planted all manner of interesting plants and shrubs – still in their infancy now. There’s lawn and field, too, for children who would like to run around.

Kitchen Flowers
Bird! Kitchen with large firdge-freezer and cake!


Gattimer Lodge is perfectly located for access to both the River Wye and the Black Mountains, being close enough to both to enjoy hill-walking, river-walking, wild-swimming and canoeing. Hay-on-Wye is a great draw for visitors, with a very lively cultural scene, wonderful second-hand bookshops (for which Hay is famous), and the now internationally-recognised Hay Literary Festival. Shopping is great for unusual shops, vintage and antique, boutiques, food shops and markets, and galleries. Tired legs can be soothed and appetites sated in the town’s plethora of cafes and pubs - in particular Shepherds Ice-cream Parlour, which sells not only the most delicious ice-cream, but also excellent coffee and other good things. In the summer, it is good fun to take a picnic to the river beach, the other side of the river from the town, or to hire canoes and take your picnic with you.

Bedroom Bedroom
Shower room

Other border towns are very accessible, too, as well as the beautiful black and white villages of Herefordshire. Weobley, for example is one of the prettiest, with its handsome wood-framed buildings, and well worth a trip. There are cafes, pubs, shops and restaurants there, too. Hereford is within striking-distance for its cathedral, housing the famous Mappa Mundi and Chained Library.

Double bedroom Twin bedroom
Shower room Shower Loo and sink

The nitty gritty

  • Woodburner (logs supplied, first basket free of charge)
  • Huge TV in sitting-area with Freeview and DVD-player, plus a smaller TV in one of the ground-floor bedrooms
  • Wifi
  • Ipod-dock
  • 2 radios
  • Mobile reception
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Large range stove with two ovens, a grill and a 5-burner electric hob
  • Fridge/freezer with water-dispenser
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Washing-machine
  • Store cupboard essentials included (coffee, tea, sugar, s&p, olive oil, dried herbs)
  • Bedding, towels, and all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials)
  • Electricity, central heating, and hot water included
  • Ground-floor bedroom at eastern end of the barn has dressing-room and large ensuite shower-room with loo and hand basin
  • Ground-floor bedroom at the western end of the barn has a spacious shower-room next door, plus loo and hand basin
  • Ground-floor bedrooms are useful for visitors who are less agile than most, and access from the parking area and into the cottage is easy. But please note that the lodge doesn't conform completely with disabled access regulations.
  • Upstairs double-bedroom has shower room (with loo and hand basin) next to it, plus an ante-room with twin beds for children
  • Stair-gate upstairs
  • Baby-friendly: travel cot, high chair and stair-gate
  • Sorry – no pets
  • Tourist information leaflets, books, games, and magazines
  • Garden furniture
  • Large grassed area, ideal for children to play on
  • The lodge is detached and has a private aspect (the owner lives in a barn fairly close by so that there is someone around to help, if necessary, most of the time)
  • Plenty of parking
  • Great walks straight from the front door
  • Walking-distance to the village and a good food pub
  • A 10-minute drive to Hay-on-Wye for good food shopping as well as browsing (there is an excellent deli and butcher)
  • This lovely lodge is available for couples at a 15% discount outside the school holidays, based on the use of one double bed only (when you book for 2 adults, the price will be reduced automatically)

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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Exterior with garden - self-catering heaven
Beautiful countryside surrounds this self-catering cottage Outside patio area with seating and garden

Location map


From the visitors book at Gattimer Lodge

'We came here to celebrate my sons 30th birthday, a place where we could come together as a family, relax, unwind and to spend quality time together and what a fabulous place to do this. The hamper was amazing and as for the cake we were fighting for the last slice!'

'Thank you both for sharing this wonderful place with us and your hospitality.The hamper was an unexpected bonus with lovely homemade bread and marmalade cake.The attention to detail and quality of everything is exceptional, we've stayed in many self catering accommodation and this is defiantly number one.'

'This beautiful place stunned us from the start! Never have we visited a place with so much attention to detail before .Thank you Russ and Helie for this wonderful comfortable stay.'

'Wow, we've had a blast Gattimer Lodge is more than we hoped for, the lodge is beautiful with all the finishing touches, the views are breathtaking.We have had BBQ's, played games outside for hours, and had lovely walks. Our stay was truly perfect and Russ and Helie were lovely and welcoming.'

'Absolutely fabulous stay. By far the best self catering accommodation we've ever stayed in. The hamper of goodies were amazing and delicious, scenery outside spectacular. Plenty of room for us all and we are a big family, very comfortable and spacious.'

'Truly perfect.Faultless! Stunning! Nothing to improve on- the hamper contents were fabulous (love the colour on the walls)'
Helen & Russ

‘Beautiful surroundings and finished to the highest standard. We've totally enjoyed our stay and can't wait to come back. Hereford, Bristol and Hay-On-Wye are definitely worth a visit, with loads to see and do.’ Mark, Wendi and kids, Preston, Lancashire

‘Beautiful lodge and area. A lovely welcome with the homemade delicious lemon drizzle cake and bread, and the gesture of the 'welcome hamper' was so thoughtful. Absolutely loved our stay, just wished it was longer. Thank you Russ and Helen, we will be back.’ Dave and Joy, Caerphilly

‘Thank you for allowing us such a fantastic weekend. We came and celebrated our Mum’s 65th birthday and we could not have asked for more! The house, location, and even the weather, have been fantastic. This is by far the best cottage we have ever stayed in, 5-star plus! We will return one day. Thank you so much for the pavlova and hamper, very thoughtful and very much appreciated.’ Harris/Harley family, South Wales

'What an absolutely wonderful cottage. Every single detail has been thought about to make the stay a most memorable experience. The views are spectacular, the rooms so well-appointed, and the very personal touch of the hamper and the lemon drizzle cake (yum yum). The entire weekend far surpassed our expectations. We will definitely be recommending to all we know. We look forward to coming back soon.' Jason, Linda, Shannon, Tessa, Ben and Tammie, from Oxfordshire

'This is by far one of the nicest cottages we've stayed in. The attention to detail is second to none, and it is clear that so much thought has gone into making what is such a special place. Thank you so much for the extra touches - the lemon cake, biscuits, and lovely hamper. Harry very much enjoyed the lemon cake, and was suddenly feeling much better! Sophie also enjoyed exploring around the lodge and slept well in the cot. We actually got three nights of her sleeping through the night - a first for a long time. All in all we had a lovely time and will certainly be back. Thank you.' Ruth, Huw, Harry and Sophie from Cheshire

'A stunning house in a beautiful setting with lovely homemade touches, especially the shortbread biscuits. Spoilt for choice with all the amazing rooms to relax in. So cosy, too, with the amazing log fire. The views were spectacular. We will definitely be returning. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay - we would recommend to everyone!' Amy and Jared, Rhondda

'Absolutely beautiful house with lots of room for Harry (3 years old) to run around in. We felt extremely welcome when greeted with fresh bread and the most amazing lemon drizzle cake ever made. Thanks for letting us all stay - we hope to come back soon.' Michael, Rachel, Catherine, Harry and Callum from Carlisle

EXTRA-ORDINARY!!' Ian and Christine, north Devon

'A fantastic home from home for our catch-up with family over New Year. Perfect for father's limited mobility with plenty of ground-floor accommodation and a walk-in shower etc. The kitchen was a pleasure to cook in. The whole lodge has been carefully planned and brilliantly executed. The welcome goodies were an excellent touch - thank you. The Christmas tree and decorations were also a lovely touch. A pity the weather wasn't drier so as to be able to explore the local area, but I guess that means we'll have to return at some point.....! Thank you for looking after us all so well. I'm sure Gattimer Lodge will become a very popular place to stay in 2016 - and beyond!' Dave and Lesley, Poole.