The Throne

Cosy cottage in rural Herefordshire
IN BRIEF
  • Handsome Grade 11* listed Tudor village house with superb spacious interior, fusing old and new - see ground floor plan and first floor plan
  • Set in delightful 'black and white' village with lots of amenities
  • Big enclosed gated garden with off-street parking
  • Trampoline and table tennis
  • Dog-friendly
  • Great circular local walks
  • Pub a short walk away
  • Half-house 35% discount available outside the school holidays for the use of up to 3 bedrooms (up to 6 people)

Featured in The Guardian's 'Fab 50 cool cottages and cabins to rent this summer', April 2016

The Throne is an extraordinary 15th and 16th-century building with charming 18th-century Gothick additions. The owners have done an amazing job renovating this handsome building, as well as adding their own imprint in the shape of a light, airy and spacious kitchen/living extension on the back of the house, opening out onto the garden. It is fascinating to be reminded of how successfully contemporary additions and embellishments can be incorporated into old architecture. This beautiful historic house is now a relaxed family holiday home, warm and comfortable, with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The Throne sleeps up to 10 adults, 3 additional children, plus an infant and up to 2 well-behaved dogs.

There is a half-house 35% discount available outside the school holidays for the use of up to 3 bedrooms (up to 6 people)

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Downstairs, you are spoilt for living space: the big old drawing-room and dining-room are situated on the village side of the property, and the street-side entrance hall now makes a cosy additional sitting-space. But now that you enter the property from behind (complete with off-street parking for up to 3 cars and a big enclosed garden), you immediately walk into the fabulous contemporary kitchen-cum-living-room. This is a superb space for relaxed cooking, for small children to play on the wide wooden floor, or for a family party to gather in spacious comfort. A huge glazed door concertinas back and opens out onto the garden, so that you can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine, watch your children play from the lovely kitchen, or simply to let in a summer breeze.

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A pretty self-contained downstairs double bedroom leads off the back living-room, and it has its own ensuite - extremely luxurious - shower-room with lavatory and hand basin, too.

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Upstairs, there are six bedrooms, which are itemised in the ‘nitty gritty’ list below. There is a family bathroom upstairs in one wing, plus a very clever ‘pod’ in the other, which houses a bathroom with loo and hand basin, and, next-door, a shower-room with loo and hand basin.

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The garden is enclosed, with a gated entrance, so that cars can come in and park inside. There is a good expanse of lawn, trees, shrubs and flower beds. A trampoline at the end will keep children of all ages happy, and there is a badminton net for windless, fine days. The big glass door opens out onto this garden, and it is a wonderful sheltered place to sit out on a sunny day. There is outside access to the table-tennis room.

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History of The Throne

This extraordinary Grade II* listed house, full of architectural and historical interest, started life as a high status ‘hall’ house before being converted in the sixteenth-century into an inn called The Unicorn.  It is well documented that King Charles I stayed here in the closing stages of the First English Civil war.   He had just relieved the siege of Hereford, his last success of the war, and it was this royal visit that gave the house its current name. Later, it became a farmhouse until, in the late 20th century, Throne Farm was moved to land outside the village. The Throne is full of secret doors, ancient oak boards and panelling, stone flags, leaded windows, glimpses of wattle and daub, carpenters’ marks, worn timbers and traditional remedies which give an amazing insight into how a medieval building was made, put together, adapted and restored over the last five-and-a-half centuries.

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A recent historical survey and dating of the timbers by English Heritage revealed a wealth of new evidence on the date and history of the house, which updates the information in Pevsner’s Herefordshire Buildings of England and on the Weobley Village Heritage trail. The owners have made a history trail of the house to complement the one of the village available at the village shop.

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Things to do around The Throne in Weobley

Weobley itself is one of best preserved Tudor villages in the country.  Its fine timber-framed houses built at the foot of an ancient castle make it perhaps the most remarkable of the north Herefordshire ‘black and white’ villages.  The view of Broad Street from the corner bedroom is like looking onto the set of Godric’s Hollow.

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The Throne is at the heart of this thriving traditional village, within a few minutes walk of an excellent local butcher, a greengrocers/delicatessen with a café, a very well-stocked village shop selling local ice-cream and dairy products, a post office, 2 pubs and 2 restaurants – a well known French one and newly opened Indian one.  Meat can be ordered in advance from the butcher, R.E. Williams (tel. 01544 318205) and bread can be reserved from the Green Bean (tel. 01544 318865).  Pru Lloyd, who lives in the village, does excellent home cooking, and can provide in-house catering (01544  318349).

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There are wonderful local circular walks in three directions from the house through fields, woods, apple orchards, hills and the castle grounds. And there are walks to be had for all tastes and weather in the surrounding countryside of the Welsh Marches, known for its great natural beauty, traditional farms and dramatic hills.  Offa’s Dyke, The Lower Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains are all within easy reach.  

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Weobley is twenty-five minutes from Hay-on-Wye on the Welsh border and almost equidistant from the market town of Leominster and the cathedral city of Hereford.  Ludlow (35 minutes) and Ledbury (45 minutes) are other towns well worth visiting. The picturesque villages of Eardisland, Pembridge and Eardisley are within a few miles, and Eardisley boasts a wonderful pub, The Tram, which serves excellent food.

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There are historic properties and gardens to visit, including Croft Castle (NT), Berrington Court (NT), Eastnor Castle, and Hampton Court and Hergest Croft Gardens.  The Herefordshire Golf Club is less than two miles away, and water sports are at Black Mountain Adventures near Hay-on-Wye.

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The nitty gritty

  • Four wood burners: in the sitting-room, the old entrance hall, the dining-room and the new kitchen/living-room. First basket of logs for each included (extra can be bought at the village shop for a modest cost)
  • TV with Freeview and DVD
  • Wifi
  • Micro Hi-fi with CD, digital radio and Bluetooth connects to iPods
  • Mobile signal
  • Big spacious kitchen with Rayburn (2 hobs, 2 ovens), a separate induction hob in the island, an eye-level NEF oven next to the Rayburn, and a microwave above
  • Fridge and separate freezer
  • Larder
  • Dishwasher
  • Utility room houses a butler’s sink, coat hooks, a washing-machine and a tumble dryer
  • Store cupboard essentials included (coffee, tea, sugar, s&p)
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc)
  • Elec, heating, and hot water included
  • Baby-friendly (cottage has travel cot and high chair)
  • Lots of local tourist information, guide books, reference books, cookbooks, novels and games
  • Baby grand piano (keys for this are available from the housekeeper for £10)
  • Enclosed gated garden with trampoline
  • Table tennis room (accessed from outside)
  • Off-street parking for 3 cars inside the gated garden
  • Excellent village amenities: two restaurants, a café/deli, a village shop, a post office, a butcher, a caterer
  • Very good play area with BMX track next to the village hall, 150 yards’ walk from The Throne
  •  Meat can be ordered in advance from the butcher, R.E. Williams (tel. 01544 318205)
  • Bread can be reserved from the Green Bean (tel. 01544 318865)
  • Pru Lloyd, who lives in the village, does excellent home cooking, and can provide in-house catering (01544  318349)
  • Half-house 35% discount available outside the school holidays for the use of up to 3 bedrooms (6 people)

BEDROOMS:

The North Range, accessed by one of the two flights of stairs:

  • One single bedroom has a single wooden bed with additional blow-up bed for a child
  • A room with three single beds – suitable for three children
The Middle Bay:
  • Master bedroom has a super-king-size fourposter bed. This room has two doors and can be accessed from either staircase
  • One twin room with single beds, which can be zipped together to become a super-king-size bed
  • The ‘wig room’ is a very sweet little room with a long single bed and a narrow doorway.

The Old Porch:

  • Upstairs, accessed by the other flight of stairs: double bedroom
  • Downstairs, double bedroom with ensuite shower room, loo and hand basin

BATHROOMS/LOOS:

  • There is a family bathroom in the west wing, which has a claw-foot roll-top bath, a shower, a loo and a his-and-hers hand basin.
  • There is a superb ‘pod’ in an old room in the east wing: in this insulated pod, there is a bathroom with loo and hand basin, and a shower room with loo and hand basin
  • Downstairs, there is a shower-room with loo ensuite to the double bedroom, and, off the kitchen, a downstairs loo with cloakroom
  • No stag or hen parties allowed, nor any kind of gathering which might put this precious house at risk
  • £250 deposit for full-house bookings required, to be adminstered by owner once a booking has been made in full. Bookings are invalid if a deposit has not been agreed and received by the owner prior to arrival at the property

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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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Pretty cottage - lovely outdoor seating area

From the visitors book at The Throne

'9 adults and 2 children have enjoyed a great weekend of celebration, love and laughter in this amazing property. We had an excellent meal at Jules last night. It’s a shame that we all have to leave today and get back to our busy lives! Thank you for a great time.' Megan Thomas, Liverpool & Caernafon

'Thank you for such a wonderful location for a birthday weekend! What a beautiful house, and excellently equipped too. Loved the secret passages, and the table tennis! I don’t think I’ve ever stayed in a holiday house this beautiful - you’ve done an amazing job doing it up.' Tora Hallatt, Wallingford

'A beautiful historic and amazing house. Fantastic restoration and blending of old with new. Very well equipped kitchen and great supply of toiletries. Really enjoyed the trampoline and table tennis (and the piano). Lovely village. Very friendly with great amenities. Thank you for sharing this important house with us.' Peter Elliott, Burscough, W. Lancs & The Wirral

'An absolutely stunning house and garden in a really beautiful setting. We loved the blend of old historic and new. Everything we could possibly have needed was here and we were so lucky with a week of sunshine. Thank you so much for letting us stay – an amazing holiday.' Jill and Chris and the 2 collies who are very sad to leave, Maidenhead

'The perfect venue for our family gathering, and combined with the sunshine we’ve had so much fun. The house is so well equipped, we made full use of all the garden games – and I’m sure the whole village has heard the laughter from the trampoline. A wonderful weekend, and a highly recommended house, we’ve loved it!' Morgans & Crawford, Coventry

'The house is beautiful and so interesting. Lots to do – the trampoline was a real hit. Exploring the house and finding all the secret places. Enjoying a toasty log fire and relaxing in the peaceful garden. Would definitely recommend!' James McCracken, Bream

'What a beautiful house. It has taken most of our stay to get our bearings around the house but good fun exploring nooks and crannies!! Lots of ‘hello’s’ from local people. We’ve eaten locally and over indulged each time! Would love a return visit sometime with family or Book Club getaway. Thank you, Liz. The grand piano is a nice touch!! Thank you for letting us enjoy a Fab w/e at the Throne. Didn’t manage to use all rooms – never mind – next time! Weobley is a beautiful location. Recommend circular walk but the stiles were challenging!' Simons’ & Humphreys families, Glos.

'It's a lovely house - you can tell its been designed to live in not just as a holiday rental and we feel privileged to be here. (That's three architects and a historian talking :)' Mike Trinder's family party, London

'It completely exceeded our expectations.  It sounds a cliché, but it really was truly amazing. We spent so much time just walking around the house and discussing the different rooms. The information for the younger ones was helpful – I’m 45 and I spent time walking around the house whilst reading it!  It felt like we had experienced part of history with the combination of the house, village and information to read. As you will see, we forgot to leave a comment in the visitor’s book but we just wanted to thank you for a weekend which we will remember for a long time.  Both myself and my sister in law (also Karen Allen!) were quite emotional when we first arrived. I don’t think I have ever left a review (e mail!) before but felt it necessary after stopping at The Throne.' The Two Allen Families, Buxton

‘An amazing weekend with all the family. The children had a wonderful time in the garden.  We would love to come back again.’ The Askew family, Camberley

‘Thank you for a splendid week in your beautiful house. A piece of conservation work of the highest quality - the juxtaposition of the old – and the real sense of past times – with the light, space and modernity of the kitchen and extension. Weobley is peaceful and calm with lovely walks.   We had parents, children and grandchildren at various points, and the house worked so well as a place for all to be together (and the dog loved it too!).' Mr and Mrs Baxter, Bridgnorth

‘Thank you for a lovely stay in your beautiful house! We’ve all had an amazing time! Plenty of space for a party of 13!!’ The Bostock family, Tarvin