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- Enclosed secure garden
- Cosy one-storey wooden lodge: good for those with impaired mobility
- Wood burner
- Dog-friendly: dog-sitting, dog-training, and dog agility courses available
- Lovely view
- Home-grown veg and eggs available to buy
- Sleeps 2 to 4 in a double and a twin, plus an infant and up to 3 good dogs
Situated on a hilltop smallholding, with a delightful collection of animals to enjoy, from friendly Alpacas to Indian Runner Ducks, Woodhay Lodge is really well set up for both cosy winter stays or enjoyable holidays in the warmer months. Very dog-friendly (the owners are both dog-lovers and one is a qualified dog-trainer), the garden is secure and enclosed with plenty of space for both dogs and children to run around. Doors from the living-room open out onto a verandah with a gorgeous view of the hills on the other side of the valley. Being on one level with just one step to enter, the lodge is suitable for those who are less mobile, have restricted walking ability, or for part-time wheelchair users.
The living-area is spacious and open-plan, comprising a sitting-area with two sofas, a TV and a wood burner, and a kitchen/diner. Very well equipped, the kitchen has everything you will need for a happy self-catering stay.
At the back of the lodge are two lovely bedrooms and a big shower-room-cum-utility room with wet-room shower, loo, hand basin, heated towel rail, washing-machine and tumble-dryer.
Outside, the enclosed secure garden has plenty of grassy space, garden furniture, a fire pit, a pretty weeping birch, and a lovely view. There’s also a great space at the end, hidden by trees, perfect for a den.
TEN GREAT LOCAL THINGS TO DO, as recommended by the owners
- Top of the list has to be a meal at The Carpenters Arms, just a 10-minute walk away, an absolute must-visit. It is nicknamed 'The Gluepot' – once you're in, you're stuck there! The landlady, 85-year-old Vera holds court every day by the fire and is always up for a chat.
- How about a short stroll through the woods opposite? It's full of wild flowers in spring: out onto the common, turn right and at the end of the track keep turning right and you'll end up back at Woodhay. It is beautifully quiet, people will be friendly if you happen to bump into anyone, and you may see or hear buzzards, woodpeckers, red kites or curlews. There are also hares in the area.
- Rowlestone Court Ice Cream Parlour is about a 7-minute drive or a 3-mile walk/cycle. They make wonderful ice cream with milk and cream from their own cows. They also serve tea, coffee, cake and light snacks. There are also woodland walks, a woodland adventure trail, and a play area. Open between mid-April and end September (closed on Mondays).
- Just past Rowlestone Court is the home of Ty Gwyn Cider (closed on Mondays) where they make cider from local apples, with no additives or preservatives. There is a very rustic licensed bar, and you can sample the range of ciders free of charge, and purchase some to bring home to sip by the wood burner or BBQ.
- If you like our Alpacas, Robert and Amanda of Golden Valley Llamas in Ewyas Harold do Llama trekking – a three-hour Llama experience (details in the lodge).
- Just the other side of Longtown is the famous 'Black Hill' and Olchon Valley (made famous by the novel, On the Black Hill, by Bruce Chatwin, published in 1982 and winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for that year. In 1987 it was made into a film, directed by Andrew Grieve. Local author and poet Owen Shears has also written a brilliant book set in the valley called Resistance). The valley is remote and you can drive all the way round on a narrow single track road. It is a simply stunning place to visit. (Details of walks in the lodge.) Half way around the valley is an Angora goat farm where there is a most unlikely shop! It is full of wonderful goat hair products, and you need to knock on the farmhouse to ask them to open up. We cannot recommend their socks highly enough. They are all we wear all winter, last for years and are really snuggly warm. It is worth giving them a ring to see if they are about before you visit - 01873 860240. And if you've had a hard walk, why not pop in to the Crown at Longtown for lunch…
- Monnow Valley Arts - just a couple of miles away towards Longtown - is a lovely arts gallery and garden in a stunning setting. It's worth giving them a ring before you go to check they're open (01873 860 529).
- Abbey Dore Court gardens, about a 15-minute drive away towards Hereford is a lovely quiet garden with a nice café serving home cooked food. They are open Thursday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 11am - 5pm from April to September.
- Another lovely drive or cycle is over to Llanthony Abbey, a beautiful ruined abbey set in glorious countryside. There are fabulous walks onto the Black Mountains from here, too. The pub in the abbey is definitely worth a visit (not open Mondays). It only has a handful of tables but you can also sit outside. Sue's café –'Treats', opposite and just before the Abbey is fab too – we can highly recommend the toasties after a hard cycle over there. The cycle over and back is about a 20-mile route and fairly gentle except the hill back up here to Woodhay.
- Hay on Wye is well worth a visit - the 'book town', full of second hand clothes/jewellery/gift shops and lovely cafes (our favourite being The Granary - a wholefood café which serves beautiful food).
The nitty gritty
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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 Woodhay Lodge
'Unique and charming place. Perfect for a restful break.' Tom
'What a fabulous cabin, so comfy, quiet and spectacular views. You couldn't ask for better hosts!’ Fiona and Nigel
'Put simply, we loved it. TnT were fab hosts, too, and home grown veg was fantastic. The pub is quaint and food and company very friendly. We walked to the pub and back, which we enjoyed.’ Elvis and Frankie and 2 humans, from Stafford
'The children loved the animals and the owners were so kind in allowing them to help groom, feed and put them to bed. Thank you so much for making our stay so enjoyable, hope to visit soon!’ Nick, Ashia, Logan and Darcy, and Bono and Fizz (doggies), Newport
'The Carpenters Arms is a great pub with fab food. We've had a lovely week at Woodhay Lodge. Ramsey the dog loved pottering round in the garden. The kids loved climbing at Llangorse Activity Centre and ice cream and zip wires at Rowlestone Farm. Thanks for having us and thanks for lovely cider and veggies!' Liam, Bethan, Amber, Archie and Ramsey, Bristol
‘The things that are fantastic: the view, the cottage, dog-friendliness, the hosts, the comfy bed, the alpacas, ducks and hens, the Carpenters Arms and Vera, and much much more. Thanks for a relaxing break.’ Chris, Steve and Tess, Stourbridge
‘Our stay at Woodhay Lodge has been wonderful! The children have loved it and have loved running around looking at all the wildlife in the garden, especially the butterflies! The views are spectacular and the lodge is very comfy with the most awesome shower! Very clean and tidy and a fantastic kitchen to cook in with 'hot hot' water on tap! Now we have our bearings of the area we would love to come back soon!' The Shaw family, Derbyshire
'Had a lovely break. The whole place had everything we needed including fabulous views, and was very safe for the dog! Thanks for looking after us!’ Karen, Mick, Ryan and Barney, Nottinghamshire
‘Lovely and tranquil location with stunning views. Plenty to do in the nearby location. Lodge amazing and well equipped, including those special touches. Honey and Bella had a fantastic time with the cows and other dogs in a very secure garden (which helped us to relax). Will definitely recommend to other dog owners. Thanks for such a fab weekend.’ Yvette and Steve
‘Dad’s words: ‘beautiful, just beautiful.’ So good for the disabled, being wheelchair friendly. superb wash facilities! I will recommend to all our friends for that perfect break. Thanks to Tina and Trace. We much appreciated all the lovely personal touches.’ Donna, Mark, and Tony (Dad), Twizzle, Torchie and Sasha