The Two Acres

Wood burning stove in beamed living room
IN BRIEF
  • 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).

Living room Kitchen

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.

Bedroom in restored cottage in rural Herefordshire

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.

Bathroom Bathroom at The Two Acres holiday let

Things to do around The TWO ACRES

The Two Acres is a place to relax and relish rural life. Snuggle up by the fire in autumn or winter; and in warmer weather, sit out on the terrace to soak up the sun and the views. Or get stuck into the life of the farm: walk through 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 views. There 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. You won’t go hungry either – first-rate restaurants and pubs are lavishly distributed over this area. There is even a really superb French restaurant just a walk away from the cottage (reservation is required) called Toi et Moi (01981 240244).

Bathroom at The Two Acres holiday let Meadow views across the valley
Patio seating Horse and chicken Outside door

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner (logs supplied)
  • Underfloor heating
  • Wifi
  • TV with Freeview and DVD (plus a selection of DVDs)
  • CD-player/radio/Ipod docking-station (plus a selection of CDs)
  • No mobile reception (but calls can be received or made on the owners' phone)
  • Electric hob and oven
  • Fridge and ice-box
  • Use of freezer available in a nearby building
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Use of washing machine and dryer in a nearby building 
  • Store cupboard essentials included (coffee, tea, sugar, s&p, olive oil etc)
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc)
  • Elec, heating, hot water and logs included
  • Baby-friendly (ask owner for travel cot, high chair etc), but not ideal for toddlers beyond the cot-stage, as Fair Oak has unfenced ponds and other hazards
  • Dog-friendly (two well-behaved dogs welcome downstairs only, but not on furniture). Please be aware of sheep, dogs, ponies and chickens  in the vicinity
  • Garden furniture
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Ensuite bathroom with bath (and hand-held shower) and  hand basin
  • Lots of books, guide books, local information and games
  • Incredible views
  • Superb local restaurant within walking distance
  • Excellent local pub a short drive away
  • Good village shop 10 minutes' drive away
  • Great walking from the front door, around the farm and locally
  • Can be rented with The Bourbon, the cottage next-door, thereby creating interconnecting accommodation for two couples

Garden views from restored cottage for couples in the Herefordshire countryside

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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Lamb feeding time!
Lamb Sheep and lambs

Location map



Sheep ahead!

From the visitors book at The TWO ACRES

By email: Hi Caroline,

Just wanted to drop you a line to say that we had a lovely weekend at the Two Acres - a beautiful cottage and lovely hosts. Thank you for a clear, smooth and friendly booking process - all hugely appreciated. I will recommend to others.

Best,
Camilla

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, Salisbury

'Really enjoyed our long weekend here – a warm and cosy retreat after exploring the local surroundings.  A trip along the Vale of Ewyas from Llanthony to Hay is highly recommended for the views, made even prettier by a dusting of snow…   Thank you for sharing this marvellous spot.'
Karen, James and Lola, Marlborough

'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, Bristol

'Lovely characterful cottage. Thank you for a relaxing honeymoon.  We’ve really enjoyed the walks around the area…  We had a cosy evening with delicious food and warm hospitality at The Carpenters Arms in Walterstone.  And don’t have a late lunch if you’ve booked dinner at Toi et Moi – absolutely delicious, and you have to have all three courses!' Tim and Katharine, Carmarthen

'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, London

'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 England. The views are outstanding and the patio a perfect place to enjoy them.'

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, London

'Mind, body and soul restored. Thank you! An oasis of wonderfulness.' Eric and Anita, Nottingham

'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, Nuneaton

'Beautifully renovated, well equipped cottage in a lovely location…  Even when rainsoaked and mist-shrouded, this corner of England cannot hide its beauty.  We have enjoyed our few days of exploration. ..' Ann Caroline and Colin, Aveyron , France

 

Painting of view by Crispin Thornton-Jones