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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 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking



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.

Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

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 manager

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Kington in Kington

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • 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
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
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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The Old School House (4 Bedrooms) Sleeps 7+
average rating of 4.625 based on 17 reviews

Good location lovely big house that suited our family gathering.

  • 4 of 5

The house and garden was good for our family to meet up. Wonderful weather also helped.( I did think that the booking included the cottage- as the advert seemed a little ambiguous)but the house. And garden was spacious enough to accommodate us all well.

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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great for a family gathering

  • 5 of 5

Pictures don’t do it justice it is a lovely old property in a lovely location , everything you need is there we couldn’t have asked for more. Was lovely and warm and welcoming

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We had a fantastic weekend at the old headmasters house. It felt like a home from home.

  • 4 of 5

We met up with old friends. This house was great for two families coming together because of the space and facilities. We had a great time. The reason that I gave it only a 4star was that the place was quite difficult to heat. After a day of the heating being on constantly it felt warm. The fire helped in the sitting room to get that room cosy. Its a downside of old listed buildings but we will definitely be back again. We had a great stay and it is in idillic surroundings. Would recommend it for large family gatherings.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review Mathew. It has been particularly cold and normally I would have the heating on day before in very cold weather, but for some reason the timer had been changed and the heating did not come on and I had not realised. In normal circumstances the heating works very well!
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The property was clean, well equipped and very spacious. The views were lovely too!

  • 5 of 5

A spacious house near to the amenities of Kington. We enjoyed walks to the town and surrounding countryside including to Hergest Croft gardens nearby.After a nice meal at The Lion we enjoyed the warmth and cosiness from the log burner in the living room.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Even better than we expected!

  • 5 of 5

The property was just stunning. So much space and we had everything that we needed. Plus all the beautiful old features, amazing range cooker (I want to take it home with me!) and lovely views.

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 27-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
4 min walk
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Brilley Hill
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
4 min walk
Car: recommended


59 miles to the seaside and university town of Aberystwyth. 64 miles to the wild sandy beaches of Ynyslas, Borth. Aberdovey is also accessible for a day-trip (abt 70miles). We can recommend good nearby places (some within walking distance) for picnicking and paddling in the River Arrow and Backbrook. River swimming is popular in the River Wye at Hay-on-Wye (20mins) where there is also fishing, and kayaks and canoes for hire. Nearest rowing and sailing is Llangorse lake (approx 45mins).


Nearest airport : Birmingham International (74 miles). Nearest railway stations: Leominster (15 miles), Hereford (20 miles). Local bus services connect Kington to: Hereford, Llandrindod Wells, Presteigne, Gladestry, Lyonshall, Eardisley

Local taxi services available. Use of a car is not essential.


Within walking distance: Hergest Croft Gardens (10 minutes), Hergest Ridge (20 minutes), The Small Breeds Farm and Owl Centre (25 minutes), Kington town (5 minutes). Clyro, Hay-on-Wye, 'town of books' (13 miles), Leominster - antiques (15 miles), Hereford Cathedral & Mappa Mundi (20 miles), Rhayader (25 miles), Ludlow (26 miles), Brecon (37 miles). National Trust properties: The Cwmmau Farmhouse (6 miles), Croft Castle (18.6 miles), Berrington Hall (19 miles), The Weir Gardens (approx 18 miles).

Further Details:

Kington (popln 2,500) is a small but busy historic market town on the Welsh border, situated between the hills of Wales & the apple-orchards and timber-framed villages of Herefordshire. Rising above the town, Hergest Ridge provides a magnificent panorama of Radnor Forest, the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons & as far as the Malvern and Cotswold hills. A centre for walking, Kington is on both the Offa's Dyke Path & the Mortimer Trail. In the town itself, the shops are local & individual. As well as a Coop supermarket, petrol station, post-office and bank (HSBC), they include: two prize-winning butchers selling locally produced meat, a greengrocer & fishmonger, two bakeries, tea-rooms, Chinese & Indian take-aways, a delicatessen. Other attractions include the weekly livestock market, Saturday market, the Gulbenkian awarded Kington Museum with its excellent exhibition about Kington's World War II heritage site, Kington Camp (, and a range of pubs including The Tavern and the Oxford Arms. The Harp at Old Radnor and the Michelin starred pub-restaurant, The Stagg at Titley, are nearby. A gym, spa and heated pool are available at The Burton Hotel in Kington itself. Suggested places of interest for days out from Kington: the Black and White Villages (Pembridge, Weobley, Eardisland, Eardisley), the Golden Valley, Abbey Dore Cistercian abbey, Kilpeck Church, the Black Mountains and Llanthoney Priory, Rhayader and the Elan Valley with mountain road to Devil's Bridge, the Gilgrin Red Kite Centre, Hereford and the Mappa Mundi, Hay-on-Wye, Llangorse Lake and Riding and Climbing Centre. Cycle-hire, canoeing, sailing, riding, climbing, cider-tasting, are all available within an hour's drive from Kington. Festivals and events: Rough Ride Cycle Event, Hay Festival, The Royal Welsh Show (Builth),Sheep Music (Presteigne), Presteigne Music Festival, Kington Steam Fair, Kington Show, Kington Walking Festival (Sept 21 - 24).