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Historic Grade 2 listed former Headmaster's House & Converted Stone Barn Cottage - The Old School House (4 Bedrooms) Sleeps 7+

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 4 nights


The Old School House (4 Bedrooms) Sleeps 7+

The Old School House, designed & built by John Abel in 1632 as part of the adjoining Lady Hawkins School, used to be the headmaster's house. The upper storeys rebuilt in the 1870s, are full of light & space with 4 bedrooms: 1 dble bed, 1 dbl bed plus single, 2 single beds, 2 cabin beds. A large upstairs bathroom with shower, bath & WC. On the ground floor the double-windowed kitchen / breakfast room with range cooker, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, Belfast sink, salvaged wooden worktops. Large & comfortable sitting room with sofas, chairs, rugs, Clearview woodburner, Flatscreen TV & DVD & range of books, CDs, games. Second sitting room / dining room with open fire, piano, dining table. Lower ground floor Utility room: washing machine, Butler sink, WC & Shower. south-facing windows with beautiful views across the valley, original oak floorboards and shutters throughout the ground floor, flagstoned lower ground floor. Large garden.

About the property


Dating back to the founding of Lady Hawkins School in 1632 , the Old School House & Cottage may be rented separately or together. Both have original features, woodburners, oak floors, Shaker-style kitchens. The House offers light & spacious family-friendly accommodation with two sitting rooms & large kitchen. The Cottage is open-plan & self-contained, with exposed beams, white walls & its own bell tower. Both have lovely southerly views across the Arrow Valley. Large lawned garden, off-road parking for 3 cars. Situated in a conservation area on the edge of the unspoilt small market town of Kington & at the foot of Hergest Ridge, part of the Offa's Dyke Path, a few minutes walk from Kington's local amenities and the natural beauty of the surrounding Welsh border countryside. Ideally situated for visitors to mid-Wales & the Marches, walkers, canoeists, cyclists. Easy reach Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, Rhyader, Builth, Brecon, Presteigne, Black Mountains, Golden Valley.

Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
26 February, 2017

About Audrey

The Old School House is our family home & the Cottage is our annexe. We hope you will enjoy their space & character as much as we do. Our idea with the cottage is to offer an alternative to B & B, a simple place where you can stay for just a couple of nights if that is all the time you have, eat when and what you want, sleep in or get up early, stay in or go out - it is your space.

Work and adventure has taken us abroad for the time being which is why we have let our house as a holiday home as well as the cottage. Audrey, who manages both properties for us, is our neighbour and friend and will take care to ensure everything is clean and ready for your stay and should you have any queries or difficulties she will be happy to help you. Please feel a warm welcome from us! Judith and Mark.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The Old School House Cottage:

"You have created a cosy, homely hideaway in a quaint and beautiful town surrounded by stunning scenery." Heather and Lee Scholer, January 2012

"Your cottage was one of the nicest we have ever stayed in and we have used Owners Direct quite a number of times. It was just what we were looking for in a property, to 'escape' from normal day to day humdrum and the fact that we could walk on both days without having to use the car was an added bonus." Bev and John Patterson, April 2011

"It has been a really restorative stay here in this beautiful space, simple yet everything here you need, wonderful, easy stove and such friendly people in the shops. A proper town still not throttled by the supermarkets." Liz Rothschild, August 2010
Feb 2011
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Booking Notes:
Email or phone. Deposit required to secure a booking.

Changeover Day:
Our changeover day is flexible but is usually Fridays though we do consider saturdays please ask if you require a different start day as this may be possible. Arrival from 3pm, departure by 10.30am. Both short and long-stays available, please enquire.

Notes on prices:
For the House, prices include some complimentary tea, coffee, sugar, milk, plus one basket of wood for the woodburner. For the Cottage, prices also include complimentary tea, coffee, sugar, milk,plus 1 basket of logs for the woodburner. The Cottage price is for up to two people for the property per night, minimum two nights. Weekly rates are available, from £300 - please contact us.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)


Magnificent stay in this great cottage

  • 5 of 5

When we arrived at the cottage we couldn't believe the size of the place. We had family coming in and the cottage was perfect to accomodate them all without being crowded.

We enjoyed a lot of cooking and the Kitchen had everything we needed. All of the bedrooms are clean and tidy and more than big enough for us all.

It felt like a comfortable family home for our 10 days we were there. Audrey welcomed us and assisted us throughout our stay with grace. The cottage is set on beautiful grounds with magnificent views to the rear across the valley.

A great stay for all. I reccomend this cottage highly for everyone wanting that little bit more.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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mum's and kids week away

  • 3 of 5

okay but could have been amazing

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

We have had a lovely week in Herefordshire. The house was large enough for our party of 9, which included 2 dogs, however it is very tired with worn furniture and carpets and needs a lot of tlc and some air freshener.

The bedrooms were nice and the beds were comfy and hot water was plentiful. 

The garden could be stunning but was a big disappointment. The patio area was tatty and had an old hose pipe on it and the raised decked area had no steps up to it and was completely overgrown with weeds. This would have been an ideal place for a table and chairs.

Luckily our children were too old to want to use the slide which ended in a large bush, the rotten wooden swing, the trampoline with a hole in it or the den at the bottom of the garden which was overgrown and had an old plastic chair and a large wooden pallet in it.

We were extremely lucky with the weather so some nice garden deck chairs would have been nice to relax on once we had returned from days out but we were told to lie on blankets!!

The circular walk starting at Hergest croft and the shorter 3 mile walk around Weobley were both enjoyable and the Green Bean cafe in Weobley is a must. Our teenagers enjoyed canoeing along the Wye from Glasbury and we also enjoyed a trip to a nature reserve where we watched red kites.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful family house!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this house for all the family to stay in for our son's wedding at Westonbury Mill Gardens. It's a beautiful old stone house with a huge lounge, dining room, well equipped kitchen, large bedrooms and a very homely feel with some interesting artwork. It was spotlessly clean for our arrival and Audrey was very welcoming and helpful and allowed us to store all the flowers for the wedding in the cool stone basement! The garden is a lovely feature, especially for children with a trampoline and play equipment. We would highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulously spacious and quirky character house

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this property. It is situated within a few minutes walk of the small town centre with some lovely little cafes and small shops.

The garden is a great size, and there are amazing views from all of the windows across the rolling countryside.

The house itself is very quirky and comfortable. We immediately felt at home.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Interesting house! Good location

  • 3 of 5

Enjoyed our stay at The Olde School House. Very close to Kington town centre. In the town The Swan in the Square and the Burton Hotel were both good, and the staff gave us a warm welcome. Plenty of National Trust properties nearby.

Aud who is in charge of the house was very helpful and friendly. The house is obviously very old with an interesting history. However we were slightly disappointed. It needed a bit of TLC!

Just things like thread bare carpets and worn furniture spoils it a bit for us. We also didn't think the kitchen was very clean. There were also lots of cobwebs!

I don't like to be critical but we were disappointed, however we still had a good holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Cosy retreat !

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from staying in the Stone Barn Cottage for 3 nights and have to say we really enjoyed it. The accommodation was good, superb location in Kington and pet friendly too. We are keen walkers and the Kington Area has some lovely walks. We strongly recommend this property and plan to return in a few weeks time. A bonus was the good choice of restaurants and pubs locally.Finally, a big thank you to Audrey who made us very welcome, an excellent hostess.

Robert Hatton

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Kington in Heart of England

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The main bathroom is upstairs next to the bedrooms. However, there is a another shower, toilet and sink downstairs in the laundry room which guests are welcome to use.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - double bed Bedroom 2 - kingsize bed and small single for child Bedroom 3 - 2 twin beds Bedroom 4 - two cabin beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Notes on accommodation: The Old School House and the Cottage may be rented separately or together. Children are welcome. Note: the Cottage is open-plan with an upstairs galleried sleeping area. Access to the stairs is open, there is no stair-gate. Max 2 well-behaved dogs, with own bedding are welcome. Dog owners are requested to discuss arrangements with us beforehand so as to avoid any misunderstandings. Weekly cleaning and change of bedlinen for extended stays. Outside: The cottage has a porch and flower bed. Hergest Croft gardens and Park Wood are a short walk away across the field at the back, and Kington Recreation fields and park, bordered by the River Arrow, are less than two minutes walk down a quiet path bordering the property. The house has a wide stone flagged patio, wildlife pond, fig tree and raised wooden terrace, bordering the large open lawned area which then slopes steeply down to a 'secret' lower garden with a rose-clad arbour, vegetable garden, fruit trees and cottage garden plants. Outdoor furniture includes: rustic table, benches, parasols. Small trampoline, swing, trapeze and slide plus children's den may be used at guests' own risk.

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