The Two Acres
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- Sleeps a couple, plus a baby
- Incredible views from the terrace
- Excellent French restaurant within walking distance
- A short drive to a very good local pub
- Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome
- Lots of local walks straight from the door
The Two Acres is situated in the secretive but sensationally beautiful Golden Valley, with an ever-changing view across undulating farmland meadows to the Black Mountains beyond. These mountains are transfixing: they have beguiled writers from C.S. Lewis to Bruce Chatwin. The Engels live here at Fair Oak farm, where The Two Acres is located, and Matthew is a writer and journalist. Hilary supervised the painstaking transformation of this perfect cottage for a couple (and the one next door - The Bourbon - which can be rented alongside The Two Acres to create interconnected accommodation for two couples).
Downstairs, the lovely cosy sitting-room has a big sofa and an armchair facing the picturesque fireplace with its wood burner and old bread oven. There is a dining-table and chairs, and a bench along the wall below the windows, which amusingly incorporates a three-hole wooden privy seat, now beautifully scrubbed and polished. The small, but perfectly-formed, kitchen leads off this room, which in turn leads out onto the terrace, where you can watch the sun set behind the mountains.
Upstairs is the bedroom with ensuite bathroom and amazing wooden king-size bedstead, made by local craftsman, Iain McKenzie, beautifully carved in 2012 from oak provided by nature several hundred years earlier. You can even get more fantastic mountain views while wallowing in the bath.
Things to do around The TWO ACRES
The Two Acres is a place to relax and relish rural life. Snuggle up
fire in autumn or winter; and in warmer weather, sit out on the terrace
up the sun and the views. Or get stuck into the life of the farm: walk
ancient woodland, across pastures full of birdsong and rare flowers. In autumn you can watch the leaves
change, help with the cider-making on the farm's newly-restored ancient
cider-press. Or make your own apple juice. You could walk the huge network of
footpaths in the
vicinity, or yomp up a mountain or two, to be seduced by yet more
are beautiful churches a shortish walk away. And you can drive to
castles, cathedrals, glorious 'black-and-white villages' and the book
town of Hay-on-Wye.
The nitty gritty
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 The TWO ACRES
By email: Hi Caroline,
We fell in love with our little cottage! The wind howled outside but we were snug with
the fire burning and the curtains drawn. We arrived at night so weren’t aware what an amazing view would greet us
when it was morning. This is a stunning
place – we loved learning about the history of the farm and walking round the
fields – a great place to bring in the New Year. We felt we had totally escaped… Thank you.'
Lucy and James,
Karen, James and Lola,
'Such a cosy and relaxing cottage, with a warm welcome. We can recommend the Bridge Inn at Michaelchurch for good food and atmosphere; and for an adventurous walk, try the skyline of Crickhowell!' Paul and Belinda,
'Great stay – weather perfect, cottage v. comfortable and relaxing. We enjoyed the walks and wildlife spotting, and the clear nights enabled us to see Saturn through the telescope!! Food recommendations: Toi et Moi and The Hardwick.' Fiona and Mike,
'A beautiful tranquil location where the hustle and bustle of real life just disappears for a while. An extremely well-equipped house with real attention to detail has made the whole stay incredibly relaxing. Thank you!' Louise and Duncan, Bedfordshire 'A wonderful, relaxing few days in a beautiful part of
Paul and Ann, Buxton
'It’s been such a peaceful, relaxing week. We’ve had an amazing time, and are really
going to miss the beautiful views and stunning walks. We brought our bikes and did some great
cycling – very, very hilly, but worth it for the picturesque countryside.'
Chloe and Joe,
'Mind, body and soul restored. Thank you! An oasis of wonderfulness.' Eric and Anita,
'The perfect place to relax, get away and walk the dog. We will definitely be recommending the Two Acres… Such a friendly welcome from both humans and four legs. Thank you!' Dave and Sarah,