Millstream Cottage

Cottage next to a stream on the Black and White Village Trail
IN BRIEF
  • Enchanting timber-framed cottage on a little island by a stream
  • Peaceful village location
  • Cosy comfort for a couple (and a babe in arms): lovely cottage for a honeymoon
  • Very baby-friendly and well-equipped
  • Half an hour from Hay-on-Wye or Ludlow
  • Village pub and a community shop a short walk away
  • 15 minutes from two wonderful restaurants: the Cider Barn at Pembridge and the Stagg Inn at Titley

'Lovely relaxing time in your beautiful cottage. Thank you for the lovely welcome. We have enjoyed using the Aga. We have visited some lovely places. The highlight has to be the kingfishers on the river, right place, right time, so lucky!!' Graham and Jan, Cornwall

A crystal-clear stream runs through this beautiful historic village, and Millstream Cottage has a prime position beside it. From the garden, you can sit and watch kingfishers and dragonflies dart by, ducks with their ducklings feeding on the weed, dippers searching for food, and swans gliding past with their cygnets; even otters have been spotted here. Wander upstream to the weir, and you'll even see salmon leaping in season. Millstream Cottage is a perfect example of an ancient timber-framed village dwelling, and is a cosy, comfortable and romantic place for a couple (plus a babe-in-arms) to get away from it all. But, conveniently, the cottage is only a quick stroll to a pub, a tea room, and a little community shop with local produce in season. All in all, the ideal place for a honeymoon or a minimoon, as you will feel very spoiled at this cottage.

The entrance to the cottage is delightful: through a garden gate and over a little bridge across the stream. A generously-filled perennial border and tubs of flowers fill the garden with scent, honey-bees and butterflies; and a table and chairs are positioned for enjoying all the varied wildlife created by the stream.

Beamed kitchen
Self-catering with Aga and country kitchen table Aga in holiday cottage

The interior of Millstream Cottage has been beautifully decorated by the owner: gentle Farrow & Ball paint colours, well-chosen furnishings, and fabrics by Ian Mankin and Kate Forman lend a stylish feel. Downstairs, you enter a really lovely country kitchen with an Aga, a butler’s sink, plenty of work surfaces, and an oil-cloth-covered pine table. Beautifully equipped, you will find everything you need for a happy and comfortable self-catering stay.

Beautiful holiday cottage kitchen
Oils Welcome sign Jars

Next-door, the cosy, carpeted sitting-room has a comfy sofa, a bookshelf full of interesting books and guide books, a wood burner, and a big TV.

Kitchen and stairs Window decoration Sofa detail

A steepish staircase (with a handrail) takes you up to the pretty bedroom with king-size bed, and the bathroom.

Living room and wood burner
Sofa and books Comfy living room

The garden is lovely, with the stream to the front and side, so that you can hear it tinkling by through an open window. Behind the cottage, a private sheltered garden with a patio is a wonderful place to have a meal outside in good weather.

Bridge Bridge

Things to do around Millstream Cottage in Herefordshire

The area surrounding Millstream Cottage is rich in things to see and do. There is something to suit all tastes, whether outdoor activities (walking, cycling, canoeing), sightseeing (the Black and White Trail of local historic Herefordshire villages, the famous Mappa Mundi in Hereford), or literary (Hay-on-Wye, a half hour drive away, is THE centre for second-hand bookshops in the northern hemisphere, as well as a great place for antique and boutique shopping). Ludlow is a very handsome and lively town, a half-hour drive from Millstream Cottage, and is the slow-food capital of Britain, with lovely food and vintage shops.

Bedroom Bed detail
Shower and bathroom Flowers Loo

For walkers and cyclists, there is easy access to Kington (Centre for Walking), Offa’s Dyke Path, the Mortimer Trail, the Black and White Village Trail, the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. Castles and beautiful National Trust houses and gardens are plentiful. And the local area boasts some wonderful cafés and restaurants as well as lots of good pubs.

Bridge
Side of cottage and stream Flowers and bridge at end of garden

Eardisland itself has a village pub (with a microbrewery), a tea room, a 12th-century church, and a community shop in the Georgian dovecote selling locally-sourced produce and basic essentials. www.eardisland.org.uk details much information about the village and its activities. There are several farm shops close by (the nearest is two miles away in Pembridge). The friendly market town of Leominster is a ten-minute drive away and along with the nearby towns of Ludlow, Hereford and Presteigne, has a regular farmers’ market. Pembridge is home to the award-winning vintage tearooms, Ye Olde Steppes and The Cider Barn restaurant, a ‘local gem’, as described by the Good Food Guide in 2016.

Outdoor seating
Outdoor table Patio dining

The nitty gritty

  • Large TV with DVD-player and Freeview (and some DVDs)
  • Mobile reception
  • Wifi
  • Teac iPod dock with CD-player
  • Wood burner (logs supplied, first basket free of charge)
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Warm and welcoming gas-fired Aga
  • Separate 2-ring electric hob and mini oven
  • Butler’s sink
  • Fridge
  • Separate freezer
  • Combination microwave/oven
  • Washing machine
  • Bathroom has a little bath (with shower over), hand basin and loo
  • Bedroom has a king-size bed and TV
  • Bedlinen, towels, soap, loo roll and cleaning kit included
  • Electricity, gas, heating and hot water included
  • Store cupboard essentials included: coffee, tea, sugar, s&p, olive oil
  • Garden furniture and Weber barbecue
  • Safe bike storage
  • Very baby friendly: one babe in arms welcome (travel cot and high chair supplied)
  • Baby toys available
  • Lovely cottage for honeymooners or minimooners
  • Sorry – no pets
  • Staircase is steepish, but is short and has a handrail
  • Free parking in the village carpark close by, but unloading can easily be done outside the cottage gate
  • Peaceful, picturesque village location
  • The stream is rich in wildlife (see pics below) and some lucky guests have been fortunate enough to spot otters playing and kingfishers fishing from the cottage’s garden!
  • Close to the village pub, a tea room, and a little community shop in the village (the pub has a microbrewery and some excellent ales)
  • Within easy reach of Hereford, Hay-on-Wye, Ludlow, Leominster and Presteigne
  • A number of National Trust properties all within a 20-mile radius
  • £10 ‘Holiday Treat’ voucher will be waiting for you and you can choose to spend it at one of the following fabulous local eateries: Rita’s Tearoom (a short stroll from the cottage, delicious all-day breakfasts and cream teas) ; Ye Olde Steppes (a five-minute drive or an hour’s walk along the river and across the fields, scrumptious light lunches and home-made cakes); or The Cider Barn Restaurant (ten-minute drive, a celebration of Herefordshire’s fantastic produce). Whichever one you choose, you will be assured of a very warm welcome!
  • Two good curry houses in the area deliver to the cottage free of charge
  • Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury's in Hereford do deliveries, and the owner can unpack for you, if liked, so that everything is packed away/in the fridge for your arrival

Gate and bridge to garden - holiday cottage on an island!
Rita's tearoom sign Holiday cottage from village Cottage sign

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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From the visitors book at Millstream Cottage

‘Perfect weekend in every way – no more words needed. Thank you x’ Alice and Tom, Northampton

‘“I could live here!!!” Fantastic cottage, village and area! Any stress that I arrived with has been washed away in the stream…highly recommended!’ Roy, London

‘Fabulous “mini-moon” spent in your lovely, idyllic cottage. We don’t want to leave, but reality beckons! Lynn, you have been a fabulous host and we will definitely return. X’ Mr and Mrs Evans, Cheshire

‘Many thanks Lynn for the most wonderful stay in your gorgeous cottage. The cleanliness, quality of everything and your attention to detail is top rate. The cottage is a fantastic little retreat and your kindness and helpfulness were so much appreciated. We can’t wait to come back!! Jana and Graham, Cheshire

‘Wonderful cottage in a beautiful area. Lots of walks and fine dining. I would now like a mill stream and an AGA.’ Paul and Carol, North Staffordshire

‘Amazing place, lovely break…we love Millstream Cottage…we will be back. Thanks Lynn!’ Jill and James, Cardiff

‘Everything has been perfect! Wonderful cottage and “chocolate-box setting” in such a pretty village…this is just the place to relax and unwind. Thank you for everything! Sue and Andy, Surrey

‘Thank you for making us feel so welcome – your cottage is lovely and all the little extra touches much appreciated. To arrive to tea and cake is a treat! We loved the AGA and had fun trying it…Thank you Lynn – we hope to return one day. Sarah and Dave, Bristol

‘We have really enjoyed this unique and idyllic place! The cottage is cosy and beautifully furnished. Our seven-month old baby has had fun with the toys especially the rubber duck! The little bath is perfect for her. A lovely base to explore all of the hidden gems in the local area: Weobly, Ludlow, Pembridge, Croft Castle, Berrington Hall and Monkland Cheese Dairy have all made great outings.’ Andy, Susie and Eliana, Surrey

‘Thank you Lynn for a wonderful week. We have enjoyed our time at your fabulous cottage. Can’t wait to get back in October.’ Lynn and Peter, Kirkby Stephen

‘A spotlessly clean, cosy, comfortable cottage. Delicious meals at the Lion, Stagg and Oak. A lovely weekend!’ Graham and Belinda, Suffolk

‘Thank you Lynn for a wonderful stay in your beautiful cottage. Lovely meals out at the Oak and the Stagg…most relaxing holiday ever and we’ve had good weather! We will be back!’ Dave and Trina, Cheshire

‘Many thanks, Lynn, for a lovely welcome and providing a beautiful cottage. Warm and cosy in every way. Going back home well and truly relaxed. This must be the best way to do a festival. Perfect!!’ Tracey and Gareth, Nottinghamshire

‘Stayed here as our base for the Hay Festival. Such a lovely cottage – beautifully decorated and clean. Thanks for all your help Lynn.’ Claire and Alex, London

‘A warm welcome to a comfy, homely and spotlessly clean cottage.’ James, Hertfordshire

‘Top tips for the area include: The Jolly Frog, Leintwardine, The Stagg at Titley and the Green Bean Cafe Weobley. Nice 5-mile circular walk from Yarpole, plus day trips to Hay-on-Wye and Ludlow. Perfect cottage, perfect holiday.’ Ann and Mark, Nottingham

‘We had a wonderful time at your cottage and we’ll certainly recommend our friends to stay here. Thank you again for arranging the cot and little toys for Ella, she has been very comfortable during our stay. Grazie ancora e un caro saluto!’ Francesca, Mattia e Ella, Italy

‘Wonderful character cottage, idyllic location, fantastic countryside walks! We’ve had a lovely weekend, thanks. Cottage is very cosy and well equipped, very warm welcome from Lynn. Walked to Pembridge – worth a visit if just for the tearoom!’ Eve and Lawrence, Nottingham

‘Lynn – thank you so much for what has been the most perfect pre-baby getaway! The cottage is so cosy and homely and the tea and scones were a wonderful welcome. We have loved spending time here, thank you!’ Garrett and Hannah, Surrey

‘We had an absolutely marvellous stay. Very relaxing. The cottage was the perfect getaway – we had a lovely time here and in the surrounding area. Thanks Lynn.’ Tom and Lisa, Hertfordshire

‘Beautiful cottage, gorgeous village. For some, this area is off the radar, but there is so much to do, and it has incredible countryside. We have particularly enjoyed visiting Ludlow, Hay-on-Wye, walked the historic trail around Weobley (don’t miss the Green Bean Café there). Thank you Lynn.’ Nicky and Dave, Forest of Dean

‘Thanks Lynn! The welcoming cake and tea, set for two, beautifully presented. Extremely comfortable cottage and idyllic surroundings have made this a truly memorable stay. We’d recommend visits to Hay-on-Wye, Stokesay Castle, Ludlow and Monkland Cheese Dairy.’ Liz and Pete, Lancashire

‘What a lovely cosy cute cottage you have, Lynn. Geoff and I have enjoyed our anniversary weekend made even more special by this lovely cottage. Thank you for the cake and tea.’ Jackie and Geoff, Bristol

'This cottage is a gem! Had a really nice stay. Friendly village and people. We particularly liked the welcome greetings, in Norwegian!!! Went to the Carol Service in the church and are now ready for Christmas! Thanks Lynn!’ Sindre and Dag Johan, Oslo, Norway

A Thank-you poem
Thank you Lynn, we enjoyed our break
With a lovely welcome of homemade cake!
A beautiful cottage with idyllic views
Far away from all life’s bad news
We enjoyed it all from first minute to last
The only problem was how quickly it passed
It really was the perfect hideaway
And I know that we will be back again one day!
Jeff and Janet, Gloucestershire

‘Thanks for a wonderful long weekend. A fabulous cottage and a beautiful area. It’s our first visit to the area and we’ll definitely be back!’ Natasha and Ian, Tugby, Leicestershire

‘Wow, what a lovely place! The cottage was fantastic and the area both beautiful and full of friendly locals. A tranquil setting for exploring some fabulous, green countryside! We’ll be back later this year!’ Amanda and Ewan, Twickenham

‘Millstream Cottage has been a delightful holiday home – comfortable and peaceful – and we feel rested and refreshed by our stay in Herefordshire. Thank you, Lynn, for your warm hospitality and kindness throughout our stay. We’ve enjoyed scenic walks on Offa’s Dyke and recommend trips to Ludlow and Stokesay Castles and food at Merchants House, Leominster and The Old Steppes tearoom at Pembridge!’ Linda and Sam, Bath