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Cosy and Comfortable Cottage with Some of the Best Views of the Wye Valley



Updated: 03-Mar-2016
Cottage in Fownhope, Herefordshire, England - A Unique Dwelling Immersed in History and Natural Beauty

Stone cottage nestled on the edge of the Woolhope Dome, steeped in history, visitors can see fallow deer in the wildflower meadows above the cottage and glow worms in the garden between May and September. Guided nature walks and fishing trips available. Day tickets available for fishing less than a mile away and rented canoeing facilities with drop off and pick up points arranged. Numerous footpaths passing through miles of wildlife rich woodland and pasture. Situated 30 miles from Hay on Wye and within easy reach of the Malvern Hills, Forest of Dean and the Brecon Beacons. Ideally sited for local attractions like Eastnor Castle and the highly acclaimed Hay on Wye literary Festival. Situated in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) there are many local pubs serving great food, a couple of which are within walking distance.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom

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About the Owner

Richard and Sarah are both self employed. Richard has a business called Bugs and Beasties and creates space for nature play and learning in school grounds. He also gives talks all over the country geared around gardening for wildlife. Sarah is a researcher with an expertise in social policy. Sarah loves her horses and Richard is a mad keen fisherman. We have a wicked veg patch (most years!!) friends and guests often enjoy some cheeky treats from the garden. We like to make sure visitors have everything they need whilst leaving them in peace. We produce our own lamb from our few badgerface and ryeland sheep and have the tastiest eggs from our friendly hens. We have a bit of a lifestyle thing going on here and its really nice to share this beautiful place with other people!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thankyou to Richard and Sarah for their great hospitality and for making us feel very welcome. Beautiful location,stunning views and great walks. We will defintely be returning". Sam & Holly.

"Amazing location,very beautiful cottage, lovely neighbours :), great walking, fishing (plus useful tips), canoeing -really loved it". Steve & Natascha

"Thank you both for a brilliant short break, cottage was just what we were looking for, peace and quiet and everything we needed, will certainly be back very soon" Keith & Denise
Jan 2008
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Cosy little gem.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely peaceful cottage on the side of a hill overlooking the Wye Valley. Warm, friendly welcome from the owners and dog, Dougie. Great place to stay to recharge your batteries.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

The folly is only 15 minutes from the M50 and 15 minutes drive from Hereford City but we are a million miles away from street lights and traffic noise. We are only a 10 minute walk from the pub,shop and River Wye , but on the other hand we are set in a rural paradise with only the sound of bird song and bleating of sheep! The wildflower meadow is one of the best preserved in the county. We have fabulous elevated views and the novelty hasn't worn off in 11 years. Fownhope is a cracking friendly village. Great pub nightlife, fab well stocked shop. We can step out of the garden onto miles and miles of deserted footpaths leading to a world of natural beauty. It took us many years to find The Folly with its lovely warm south facing aspect and astounding views over real unspoilt countryside

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Guided nature walks and fishing trips on River Wye and Severn. Canoeing trips arranged.


Hereford City, Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury all 7 miles away, Westons Cider Heritage Centre 6 miles, River Wye 1 mile, pubs 1 mile, village shop 1 mile, Hereford Cathedral and Mappa Mundi 7 miles, Goodrich Castle and Symonds Yat river boat trips 12 miles.


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Booking Notes:
Booking to e-mail address or by phone. 20% deposit via cheque in post, 7 days after initial reservation.

Changeover Day:
Departure by 10.30am preferable, though some flexibilty here on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The countryside here is unique. The Silurian limestone that forms the Woolhope Dome makes for a wonderfully biodiverse landscape. Visitors can witness a beautiful tawny owl fly over their heads on the edge off dusk whilst enjoying a beer or glass or wine on the terrace outside the cottage or watch a herd of deer graze within throwing distance from the accommodation. The cottage is truly authentic, and retains its original charm and character whilst full refurbishment make for a comfy stay. Visitors often enjoy some tasty veg from the garden or fresh hen eggs for breakfast. We have horses and sheep to say hello to and if visitors ask in advance we are happy to book pubs or restaurants or find out what you would like to know to make their stay as lovely as it can be!


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  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Modern bathroom, heated towel rail, fan heater, electric shower, bath, wash stand, toilet, sink and lovely views.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with 1 comfy double bed.


  • Notes on accommodation: Not suitable for children. Fully serviced with electric panel wall heaters in all rooms. Cosy woodburner for chilly nights with free firewood provided. Outside: Terraced seating area outside cottage, complete with BBQ. Large garden with access into open meadow and woodland. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided.

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