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Historic Grade 2 listed former Headmaster's House & Converted Stone Barn Cottage - The Old School House Cottage (1 bed) Sleeps 2 +

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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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The Old School House Cottage (1 bed) Sleeps 2 +

Adjacent to, but detached from,The Old School House, the cottage was originally the school's stables and barn then later became the music room. White stone walls, oak floors, a wood burner - the cottage is simply furnished combining modern and old. Cotton bedlinen, warm-coloured fabrics and ethnic artefact's give the cottage interior a peaceful and relaxing feel. The open-plan galleried bedroom is divided by a cross-beam into two sleeping areas, one with low level double bed and the other with two single futons suitable for children. Ground floor tiled wet room with shower, basin and WC. Open-plan, Shaker-style kitchen area with Belfast sink, wooden worktop, electric hob, microwave, toaster, fridge. Oak table, stools, chairs. Open-plan, high ceiling, beamed living room with wood burner, sofa, double sofa bed, futon chair, coffee table, lamps, bookshelf and books. Digital TV & DVD, radio and broadband connection. All Bedlinen included.

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.

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Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
10 August, 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.



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 (www.kingtoncamp.co.uk), 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).

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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 The Old School House Cottage (1 bed) Sleeps 2 + in Kington in Herefordshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Internet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
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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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average rating of 4.0 based on 4 reviews

School House Cottage was comfortable and close to lots of walks with a very helpful housekeeper

  • 4 of 5

We stayed in the cottage next to the School House. It was great for walking into Kington (5 to 10 mins depending on the route), which had friendly local shops and pubs. Walking straight from the door was great, and other local walks via short car journeys were beautiful. Hergest Ridge is an easy walk with great views. The Cottage was comfortable and had everything we needed. The Housekeeper was very friendly and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Clean had character and very comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Great location very comfortable. Our host was very welcoming. Would suggest only a microwave with an oven browning facility as no oven in cottage only a hob.

Would be very happy to recommend the cottage to friends or family

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Lovely cottage

  • 4 of 5

Lovely cottage and well thought out accommodation. Our puppy loved the garden and Audrey was very friendly and helpful.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Cosy retreat for 2.

  • 4 of 5

A cosy retreat for couples in the stone cottage attached to the main house with the open plan living,dining areas and gallery bedroom. Perfect for a weekend break, it is comfortable and very clean. The bed is large and has a comfortable mattress but is very low on the floor which may not suit some people. The cottage does not share the garden but there are numerous walks straight out the door, great for walkers and dog owners. Kington is a good base for visiting the area and the cottage is within walking distance of 2 pubs serving food and several shops - butcher, greengrocer, Nisa, Spar and a large Co-op, with parking, off the main street. The Bull Hotel also has a pool and spa facilities which are open to non residents. Westonbury Mill Water gardens and Hergest Croft gardens are well worth a visit as is Hay on Wye. The Bridge Inn at Michaelchurch Escley is well worth a detour- a fabulous location and serves wonderful food.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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