Woodpecker Lodge

Cosy cottage in rural Herefordshire
  • Cosy holiday escape for 2-4
  • Peaceful rural location
  • Walking distance to great food pub
  • Wood burner with unlimited supply of logs
  • Under-floor heating
  • Dog-friendly
  • Your own carport incorporated into the building, plus extra parking
  • Discount for a couple outside the school holidays (based on the use of one bed)

With the Black Mountains behind, and the Malvern Hills to the fore, this smart little holiday barn is spoilt for choice with its surroundings. The countryside is deeply rural and peaceful, teeming with wildlife; and, if you feel like venturing out and about, there are so many things to see and do in the area. Inside Woodpecker Lodge, there are comforts aplenty under-floor heating, a wood burner with an endless supply of logs, a spacious kitchen (with pantry) and two bright bedrooms double and twin. And to top it off, the lodge is a 20-minute stroll away from a wonderful local food pub. Sleeps 2 to 4 (plus an infant and a dog).

This lovely cottage offers a 12% discount for a couple outside the school holidays (based on the use of one bed only). When you book for 2 adults, the price reduces automatically.

Chicken neighbour surveying holiday cottage garden

A useful porch leads you into a spacious kitchen with table and chairs, a pantry, and an adjacent downstairs loo-cum-shower-room. The sitting-room next-door has a cosy wood burner with an unlimited supply of logs. Underfloor-heating throughout the ground floor means that the lovely slate flooring is warm to the toes. Upstairs, two bright bedrooms (one a double; one a twin) are separated by a family bathroom with bath, shower over, loo and hand basin. Underfloor-heating here, too, gives a touch of luxury – as does the TV in each bedroom.

Cottage kitchen Holiday let kitchen
Dining room and living room Living room sofas and chairs

Outside, a private lawned sitting-area has garden furniture and a view across the field. This field is for visitors’ use – lovely to stroll around and admire the wild flowers, and to finish up at the pond at one end of the meadow to sit alongside and enjoy the evening sun. The owners, who live in the converted barn across the way, own chickens, and these happy free-ranging birds provide the most delicious eggs for visitors to sample (when laying). There is a carport incorporated into the lodge, as well as plenty of additonal parking, and a log store for helping yourselves to more free logs.

Feature wall Car! Dining table for self-catering holidays in Wales
Living room seating Warm stove for cosy holidays

Things to do around Woodpecker Lodge

Woodpecker Lodge, while being in peaceful rural countryside, is perfectly placed for all kinds of holiday activity, whether your chosen idea of fun is to browse the second hand bookshops and boutiques of Hay-on-Wye (20 minutes away), to canoe down the Wye, to visit the famous Mappa Mundi in Hereford, to follow the Black and White Trail of picturesque local villages with their timber-framed vernacular buildings, or to stride up the slopes of the Black Mountains.

Or maybe just lying doggo is what you’re after, with perhaps some local walking and a stroll to the ‘best pub in Herefordshire’, just 20 minutes away. Cars are a rarity round here, so a gentle cycle round the lanes is a good way to enjoy the magnificent views. There’s a superb little village shop at nearby Longtown, so you don’t have to go far to get really good local produce and useful supplies. Eating out in the area is great, too: there’s the fantastic local pub, Bridge at Michaelchurch, and a superb little French restaurant, Toi et Moi (advance booking a must).

Holiday cottage bedroom
Holiday let kitchen Vanity mirror
Shower and bath Twin room Bathroom of cottage

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner (unlimited logs included)
  • Mobile signal variable
  • WiFi
  • TV with Freeview, DVD-player and extensive selection of DVDs, and a TV in each bedroom
  • Gas stove with 4-burner gas hob
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Separate freezer
  • No washing-machine but owner will do washing on request for a small charge
  • Pantry
  • Store cupboard essentials included (tea, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil)
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included (loo roll, soap, cleaning materials)
  • Underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, and in upstairs bathroom
  • Elec, heating and hot water included
  • Guide books, tourist info and games
  • Downstairs shower-room with loo and hand basin, and family bathroom upstairs with bath/shower, hand basin and loo
  • Baby-friendly: one infant welcome, and travel cot and high chair included
  • Dog-friendly: one good dog welcome, but please make sure they do not go on the furniture or upstairs, and be aware that there are chickens, and livestock in neighbouring fields
  • Large adjacent field for games and for stretching your (and your dog's) legs
  • Pond in field and in garden nearby (neither is very deep), so parents of toddlers please be aware of this and keep an eye on them
  • Garden furniture
  • Bike storage available
  • Plenty of parking, plus a private carport built into the lodge
  • Excellent food pub 20 minutes’ walk away down a bridleway and footpath
  • This lovely cottage offers a 12% discount for a couple outside the school holidays (based on the use of one bed only). When you book for 2 adults, the price reduces automatically.

Lovely exterior of holiday let with lawn and outdoor seating
Nearby path Pond and bench near cottagen

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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Front door and wood store Cottage drive Wood store outside door
Pretty cottage - lovely outdoor seating area

Location map

Holiday let Herefordshire Flower pots and clapboard exteriors

From the visitors book at Woodpecker Lodge

'As a place for a select retreat this cottage cannot be beaten - close to Hay, walking from the door, absolute quiet and all in-house comforts - mattress topper FAB!! Welcome 100%, eggs deeply appreciated. Next time I will bring my husband for a holiday. I will be recommending to clergy colleagues.' The Reverend Maria Shepherdson, Avebury

'Thank you for lending us your wonderful cottage - couldn't be any better! And glorious weather, too! We will miss the chickens. x' Gail and Vicky (Mumbles and Nottingham)

'Thank you for the warm welcome (thanks for wine etc). Lovely cottage and grounds. Beautiful surroundings. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay - seen lots of lovely places, walked a bit and enjoyed the peace and quiet.' Jean and Richard, West Yorkshire

'Ideal location for the Black Mountains. We had mixed weather, so the wood-burning stove was great to come back to!! Thank you!' The Lawrence family, Durham

'We and our grandchildren have had a lovely time in this smashing little cottage. Wish we could have stayed longer. Thank you Kim and Craig for being such nice people.' Maggie and Stewart, Ben and Emily (and Oscar) from Loughborough

'Perfect little lodge, best we have stayed in I think! Very spacious, lovely decor, and cosy, too. Ate at the Bridge - lovely food and big portions. Hay-on-Wye for an afternoon's book-shopping, and walked up Table Mountain. The sounds of the sheep, birds and general countryside are very relaxing. Lovely time in every way. Oh, and the wild flowers in the garden I am very jealous of!' Toni, Jonny and Lola the Whippet, Manchester

'Fantastic accommodation, brilliant setting, great welcome. Hope to return. Many thanks for everything.' Phil, Jane and Sian (the dog), Bangor

'We've loved and appreciated the peace and quiet of Woodpecker Lodge. Excellent accommodation and lovely hosts. Thank you, Craig and Kim, we'll be back!' Peter and Katie, Bournville, Birmingham

'Lovely lodge, lovely setting, lovely hosts, lovely weather!! Will definitely recommend.' Jeff and Moira, Pembroke

'Nothing but praise for both the hosts and the lodge. Thank you for being such gracious hosts! We had a very relaxing time and it was hard to leave - we'll return for sure.' The Kwan family, Hong Kong

'Fantastic lodge, so well-equipped and luxurious. Had a great break in the beautiful part of the country. Will definitely recommend to others. Our thanks to you both.' Mike, Lisa, Callum, Kyle and Jacob from Tamworth

Black and white dramatic shot of Woodpecker Lodge