Hodson's House

Stunning conversion - light, airy artists studio
IN BRIEF
  • Beautiful spacious barn-like studio
  • Big enclosed garden with lots of fruit trees
  • On the edge of the lovely village of Dorstone
  • In walking distance to a good pub
  • 10 minutes’ drive to Hay-on-Wye
  • Lots of wonderful walks in the area
  • The river Wye is just over the hill
  • Discount for a couple (outside the peak periods) for the use of one bed

Orchards, peace and quiet, birdsong, wild flowers, hill walks, river walks, old farms, winding lanes and ancient hedgerows, the beautiful river Wye, old market towns – these are all things which make up this stunningly lovely part of the Welsh Borders, and which surround Hodson’s House. It’s been a labour of love for the owners, who have transformed this former craftsman’s studio into a wonderfully comfortable and stylish holiday house for 2 to 4 (plus an infant and 2 well-behaved dogs).

Hodson's House has a 17% discount for a couple outside the peak periods based on the use of one double bed (when you book for 2 adults, the price will adjust automatically)

Airy, open interiors
Sofas and wood burner Orchard views

Mr. Hodson was a very talented cabinet-maker, and this was his studio-cum-workshop, which he built himself. Lovely detailing can be seen in the woodwork inside, and the owners have restored it and the space around it, partly as a homage to someone they knew well, but also as a basis for their very stylish decorative scheme.

Dining area
Kitchen for self-catering breaks OPen kitchen

Downstairs is a big beautiful space – an open-plan kitchen/dining/living room, plus a downstairs twin bedroom and shower room (with loo and hand basin). The beds in the twin bedroom are zip-and-link, so can be turned into a super-king bed if preferred. Large windows and roof lights in the living-room let in masses of light, and French doors open out onto a private patio and a big enclosed orchard garden. A fine metal decorative screen commissioned by Mr. Hodson adorns the gallery with its serpentine floral design. 

LIght filled holiday cottage
Craftsman built beamed conversion for holidays in Herefordshire Self-catering dining
Flowers Flowers Designer stairs

Upstairs the master bedroom is on a gallery so that there’s a view through the big gable windows into the garden, with its own bathroom (with bath, loo and hand basin) next-door.

Shower room Twin room
Bedroom

The garden is a beautiful big enclosed space with fruit trees for you to help yourself from in season – plums, damsons, cherries, pears and varieties of apple. The French doors open onto a patio with table and chairs – perfect for sunny evenings. Tucked into one corner of the garden is a hidden hillock, with a swing-seat, so that you can enjoy the dreamy view across the fields to Dorstone village and the hills beyond.

Cosy king bed Stylish window
Spacious bedroom

Things to do around Hodson's House holiday cottage

The area around Hodson's House is wonderful for lovers of good food: not only are there some excellent suppliers, such as Alex Gooch and Neal’s Yard Creamery or a really good delicatessen in Hay-on-Wye which sells the best bread around, but there are also a huge variety of good pubs and restaurants for when you want a night off from self-catering. A short walk away is The Pandy, which offers good pub food. Jump in the car and many options open up - superb French cooking at Toi et Moi near Bacton, wonderful British gastro-pub fare(with a Spanish twist) at The Bridge Inn at Michaelchurch Escley, and plenty of cafes and Brasseries in Hay.

There are walks straight from Hodson’s House, including a walk up Dorstone Hill to Arthur’s Stone, a Neolithic burial chamber with views into both the Wye and Golden Valleys, or Merbach Hill.  Further afield, but well within reach, are the magnificent Brecon Beacons and the mysteriously beautiful Black Mountains. Canoeing, fishing and wild swimming can be enjoyed in the great River Wye. There's a lovely river beach just over the hill at Bredwardine, below the church where the diarist Reverend Francis Kilvert was curate. Cycling is good, too, and Drover Holidays in Hay-on-Wye (01497 821134) will deliver bikes for you to use during your stay, including trailer bikes, trailer seats and child seats, if you need them (helmets and all necessary kit – even a bottle of local spring water are included in the hire charge). 

Very close by is Hay-on-Wye, with its independent cinema and ice-cream parlour, and of course a wealth of second-hand bookshops. Hereford is a 15-mile drive away for the cathedral, housing the famous Mappa Mundi and Chain Library.

Cottage bathroom Timbered holiday cottage
Outside seating, lovely orcahrd view

Cottage exterior Orchard trees - apples and pears

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner (logs supplied)
  • Underfloor heating
  • TV with Freeview and DVD (plus some DVDs)
  • iPod dock/radio
  • Wifi
  • Well-equipped kitchen range oven with six-burner gas hob and two electric ovens
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • No washing-machine, but owner can do a service wash for a modest price
  • Elec, hot water and gas included
  • Twin bedroom downstairs (with zip-and-link beds)
  • Master bedroom upstairs is on a gallery (with curtains for light-exclusion) and has a king-size bed
  • Downstairs shower room with loo and hand basin
  • Upstairs bathroom has bath, loo and hand basin
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc)
  • Store cupboard essentials included (tea, coffee, sugar, salt & pepper, dried herbs, mustard, balsamic vinegar, ketchup, olive oil)
  • Board games, books, cookery books, guide books, maps, plus an information file
  • Baby-friendly (travel cot and high chair provided)
  • Dog-friendly (two good dogs welcome), but please keep them excluded from the bedrooms and off the furniture
  • Dedicated off-lane parking for two cars
  • Safe bike storage
  • The owners live in a property next-door, but Hodson’s House feels perfectly private
  • Large enclosed garden with private patio and a lovely secret spot for enjoying the view
  • Local pub just a 5-minute walk away
  • Plenty of excellent places to eat out in the area
  • Hodson's House has a 17% discount for a couple outside the peak periods based on the use of one double bed only (when you book for 2 adults, the price will adjust 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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LOvely outdoor swing seat for enjoying cottage garden and views

Location map

Garden and view Orchard trees

From the visitors book at Hodson's House

'Thank you for your hospitality, we’ve had a lovely weekend here in this beautiful house in a beautiful, peaceful location. The house is not only beautiful but comfortable too with lots to see and do locally. Thank you and best wishes to you both.' The Langley family, Bury St. Edmunds

'We had a wonderful weekend, relaxing, talking, walking and eating. Thank you - it's a really lovely house to be in. The cake was delicious - thank you. The local pub is great - good food, very nice staff, and in walking-distance!' Frances, Paul and Beth from London

'A lovely relaxing stay. It's a beautiful house - thank you very much. We don't want to go back to reality.' Rebecca and Justin, Cheshire

'Best holiday let we have ever stayed in, comfy and cosy with everything provided that we could ever need. And what a delicious cake! We will definitely be back.' Lou, Jules, Valentina and Angela (Guildford)

'A sincere thank you for our week in your super cottage. Our highs: Arthur's Stone, Shepherd's Ice-cream in Hay-on-Wye, windswept Hay Bluff, Nag's Head fish and chips, Kington Owl Centre, Queens Wood Arboretum, Hampton Court Castle, Oakchurch Farm Shop, The Begwns (NT hillscape north-west of Hay). That is everything we did in our three days. Our lows: leaving today!' Dougal and Sarah, Hamish (London)

'We always go away during this week to escape the noise of fireworks and to provide the humans as well as the dogs with some quiet time and pleasure. This holiday has not disappointed! Hodson's House is very peaceful and calming. We loved the fantastic space, the comfy sofa and bed, the great efficient wood burner. Everything worked well, we were warm! And Jo and Tom took very good care of us. It was an easy holiday - even bird-watching from the sofa!! Robins, Blue-tits, Great-tits, Coal-tits, Long-tailed tits, Gold Crests, Chaffinches, Blackbirds, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Red Wing, Buzzards, Ravens, Crows, Tree-creeper, Nuthatch, Great-spotted woodpecker, Wren - all in or from the garden. A wonderful place to return to. Thanks.' Lynn & David

By email to the office:
I would just like to say this is one of the most beautiful houses I have ever stayed in. It was immaculate, spacious, comfortable, very friendly and helpful owners. I would love to go back. 5 Star rating for all aspects.

Kind regards,
Ilona (from Eton Wick)