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The Hymns, Pet Friendly with Garden, Long Views To The Hills, Indoor Play Area

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Overview

Property

Updated: 24-Feb-2017
  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Rural House nr Kington, Herefordshire, sleeps 12 (+options to 15 to 18) Beautiful Secluded Location, Easy Access to Footpaths & Bridleways

Set in the Radnor Basin, surrounded by a bowl of hills, with soaring views around, it rests to the north of the standing Four Stones. Open fire & wood burning stove. A wonderful place to relax, paint, draw, write, read, walk, cycle, horseback ride out through the bridleways, footpath networks and quiet lanes & up to the Radnor Forest. There is a courtyard of 17th century buildings including oak framed timber barns & byres. Renewable and mains electricity, AGA, wood burning stove, underfloor heating and open fire. Large flagstone patios to the south and to the west for meals with views to the hills. The dining room's double doors open up to the view. Large attached barns give opportunities for sheltered outdoor living, and an enclosed barn provides dry play areas for children, with the benefit of a ping pong table, billiard table and piano. There are also stables for two horses if you would like to bring your horse or pony with you & old bicycles that you may borrow.

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About the Owner

Elsa
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
24 February, 2017

About Elsa

We have restored The Hymns using locally sourced materials, renewable energy and historically consistent fabrics. We hope you enjoy it!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had a wonderful weekend - what an incredible house! It far surpassed my expectations and the house, garden and local area provided the perfect setting for a perfect weekend with friends." DR Summer 2013



"A jewel box at the edge of Wales. This is a little piece of heaven." Spring 2013



"I work in the building services / construction industry and can really appreciate what a fantastic job has been done in repairing the house to such a high standard. To get a property of that age to an A rating for energy efficiency, have all the modern conveniences and to keep all the character of the building is fantastic - I'm sure the custodians of the property in 500 years time will be very grateful for decisions you made now". RB, Winter 2012



"The flowers, the detail, heavens, I hope anyone who takes a class here knows how lucky they are." MC, Autumn 2012



"It was a most wonderful weekend!" PK, Autumn 2012



"I take my hat off to you, in every sense". SG, Autumn 2012
Jul 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had a wonderful weekend - what an incredible house! It far surpassed my expectations and the house, garden and local area provided the perfect setting for a perfect weekend with friends." DR Summer 2013



"A jewel box at the edge of Wales. This is a little piece of heaven." Spring 2013



"I work in the building services / construction industry and can really appreciate what a fantastic job has been done in repairing the house to such a high standard. To get a property of that age to an A rating for energy efficiency, have all the modern conveniences and to keep all the character of the building is fantastic - I'm sure the custodians of the property in 500 years time will be very grateful for decisions you made now". RB, Winter 2012



"The flowers, the detail, heavens, I hope anyone who takes a class here knows how lucky they are." MC, Autumn 2012



"It was a most wonderful weekend!" PK, Autumn 2012



"I take my hat off to you, in every sense". SG, Autumn 2012
Jul 2016
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8 Reviews

Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

5

An excellent venue in magnificent surroundings.

  • 5 of 5

We booked The Hymns for a family celebration and we couldn't have asked for more. Our initially excitement on entering this amazing place with its history and charm didn't waver even the teenagers in our group were 'bowled over.' They even joined us on the country walks which were stunning. Sitting around the kitchen fire and wood burning stove on a cold winters night was perfect. Don't forget, on our next visit, you promised to leave me a bottle of wine Steve and thanks for all you help.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely note, and so glad to hear you had a great time together, enjoying the house and its views and the beautiful countryside. Steve was delighted to welcome you and our wonderful local wine merchant (Andrew Darwin Wines in Kington) can deliver all the wines you would like, at the right temperature for consumption, before arrival or during your stay! Now that you know of him there is no need for you to run out of wine again for your holiday in the Welsh Marches! We would be delighted to welcome you back one day, perhaps in the summer when you can dine under the stars, surrounded by wild flower meadows, parterres and lavendar, on either of the two large patios with views to the hills. A place for all seasons. Thank you for coming to stay.
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5

Stunningly beautiful and very quirky

  • 5 of 5

What a find!!! As soon as we walked through the front door we fell in love with this house. The photographs don't do it justice at all! We stayed here for one night (6 adults and 6 children aged between 5 and 10). The 6 children all stayed on the third floor (attic room) and we hardly saw them as there are so many places for them to go within the house.

We really can't fault this place at all. So much to see and look at within the house alone!!! We will definitely be returning. Huge thank you to Elsa for allowing us to share her beautiful home. See you soon!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely note! We were thrilled to welcome you and glad that The Hymns offered a cosy last-minute retreat to relax after the busy Christmas and New Year period. We are also so glad that your children enjoyed the house & barns too, whatever the early January weather! We would be delighted to welcome you back any time.
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4

Real old world charm - a place where you can truly relax and enjoy the countryside!

  • 4 of 5

This property was built in the 1640's and is full of old world charm and character. It has all the basics covered and if you are self catering, there is a great range of pots, pans, plates, cups, glasses, cutlery etc. We catered for up to 14 as part of my Mum's 70th Birthday weekend, which was no problem at all. There is a great island unit in the kitchen to plate up on, the Aga works brilliantly and the dishwasher was most welcome too. There are two fridges and a freezer, but you may want to take your own ice trays as there is only 1! All the rooms are full of character and furnished in keeping with the cottages' vintage. Even though it has been recently refurbished it has been done sympathetically so don't expect everything to be brand new and perfect. There are cracks, twisted doors and so on but all in keeping with the character of the property. The lounge, kitchen and dining room are great spaces and we really enjoyed making full use of the play barn too which is massive and connected from the kitchen via a cobbled utility area. The views from the property are great and if you enjoy walking there are some lovely ones nearby with stunning scenery. We had such a great time - so much so we didn't even switch the TV on once! The owner Elsa is fantastic too. She gave us some great advice and even made us a pot of tea and lit the fire for us one afternoon when we were walking back soaked after a rain shower caught us. We will all have fond memories of our stay in Hymns.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely note. We were delighted to welcome you, and are so glad you had a lovely time and enjoyed the beautiful countryside, walks and great local pubs!
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5

Wonderful! Great for our family gathering.

  • 5 of 5

The Hymns is a fantastic property in an awesome setting. It accommodated three generations and their dogs! The outside space was well used for ball games and gentle walks in the gardens. The inside space was more than adequate for meals and family feasts and we thoroughly enjoyed the sitting room with us all comfortably accommodated on the sofas. The property had all the equipment we could want with plenty of crockery, pots and pans. The Hymns is well maintained and clean. It was great to arrive with beds already made and clean towels ready for us. Fresh flowers in the kitchen were a lovely touch. We enjoyed the imaginative furnishings, the comfy beds and reading about the history of the house. Our hosts were attentive but not at all intrusive and Elsa kindly allowed us to take our time leaving in order to enjoy our time together as a family just a little longer. The dogs had plenty of space and slept well, crated in the barn. We enjoyed fine weather with hardly a spot of rain. We only ventured into Kington for dinner on Saturday evening at the 'Swan on the Square' preferring to 'catch up' at the farmhouse. We would highly recommend the accommodation and the area, the scenery is just beautiful. Thank you for a memorable weekend.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely note - we were delighted to welcome you, and are so pleased to hear that you had a lovely time. It is definitely a house in which to enjoy each other's company, and I love the thought of your 3 generations of family pottering around the paths through the tall grasses and flowers in the meadows, and sitting on the benches in the sunshine pausing for thought and looking out at the garden and the long views. Both the 16th century house and the garden have been faithfully restored over a 7 year period from the brink of collapse (the house had no running water, the rear was falling in, the gardens had long been reclaimed by nature, and the hedges had not been laid for many years.) We are thrilled that it can now, once again, bring happiness and the pleasure of family gatherings to those who chose to come and enjoy it. Thank you for coming to stay.
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5

Tranquil and enchanting.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house, garden and landscape. Comfortable for six adults and a few children. Only downside, lack of first floor shower which I believe will be remedied shortly.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really glad you liked the house, the gardens and meadows with their winding walkways to garden seats with views to hills and wildlife, and also the unique and peaceful setting. 16th century farmhouses do present their custodians with adventures in accommodating all of the things we might like : they have lovely low, wonky ceilings which makes showers on flat ceilinged floors, like a first floor, very difficult to use (with the low ceilings, and the plinth of a shower, and the restrictions of what one is allowed to do with a lovely, very old house, they would be too low for someone standing up on the shower plinth to get under!). That said, we describe all of the room layouts and amenities very carefully in the website description, so that guests can judge in advance for themselves whether it will suit their chosen way of life. The baths are lovely deep ones, and all have traditional enamel jugs, and the shower is higher up the house where the sloping ceilings accommodate them better. Thank you for coming to stay, our team enjoyed meeting you and we were delighted to welcome you!
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3

Needs another shower

  • 3 of 5

We did have a great weekend, lovely views, lots of fun, but the house had some challenges.

The owners have tried to sympathetically restore this house and have clearly spent a lot of money on ethical energy, etc. The rustic feel is nice and there are lots of books, maps, etc. which is great. However, there is only one shower and the renewable water heating system left us short of hot water. Likewise the grey water system for the loos ran dry, though Steve who sorted it out as a star. The cottage also needs more equipment for big parties - lack of large bowls, large pans, etc. There were also a lot of flies. The owners have left a very comprehensive set of instructions (slightly too extensive) and you are expected to strip beds, etc. before you leave - bit of a pain for a short break.

The Harp in Old Radnor was fantastic for food.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely note and we are thrilled you had a great time together. The 1 hour hiccup you experienced in rainwater re-cycling to the loos on Saturday was the first we've had in 8 years so we're very sorry about that, and it was happily resolved immediately which is great! A new electric shower and bath will be unveiled shortly to add to the existing 2 x baths, 1 x shower and 4 x loos, and we will certainly make sure the 8 large serving bowls and 4 x 9.5 litre saucepans are easier to find! You experienced a little of the Radnorshire wildlife, and usually it's owls, bees, red starts, swallows, house martins, goldfinches, dragonflies, red kites and wildflowers that draw attention in our countryside setting. We'll track down and remove the request about stripping the beds - thank you for having done it yourselves tho - that is very kind, and certainly helps the turnaround time before the next guests. Thank you once again for having come to stay, and also for your lovely note by email which said "we had a great weekend at the Hymns last week. It's a beautiful house, garden and location. Thanks for everything." We're glad you loved the Harp Inn nearby too - we agree - their food and views are great!
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Birmingham at 75 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Harp at 3 Miles Nearest Golf : Kington Golf Club at 4 Miles Nearest Train : Hereford, Leominster or Knighton at 15 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 45 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Harp at 3 Miles Nearest Beach : Aberystwyth at 50 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Upholstery, writing & art courses.

Coast/Beach:

The welsh coast is around an hour away (Aberystwyth) and lovely beaches at Aberdyfi (Aberdovey, an hour & a half away)

Travel:

Birmingham airport (1 hour 50 mins, 75 miles), Bristol Airport (1 hour 55 mins, 78 miles) Cardiff Airport (2 hours, 83 miles), Heathrow (3 hours, 170 miles)

Distances:

Approx 5 miles from Kington, 3 miles from New Radnor

Further Details:

Walking - The line of Offa's Dyke (796 A.D.), Mortimers Trail, Glyndwr's Way National Trail run nearby. The Elan Valley near Rhayader, 15 miles away has lovely walking and cycling too. Kington has many interesting alleys between the shops and houses, some of which lead down to the river. The Wye & Usk Foundation offers passport beat fishing nearby. The 18 hole course on the top of Bradnor Hill, above Kington, is the highest in Britain (1,200 feet) and has superb views. There are numerous excellent cycle routes around the area, for example, around New Radnor or Knighton. Bicycles may be hired from Drover Holidays in Hay - who will deliver the bikes to you! You can also cycle into Wales and enjoy great views. Riding and or pony trekking facilities are available at Norton (2 miles North of Presteigne), Pembridge and Hamnish (on the Worcester road, out of Leominster). Ludlow and Hereford have horse race-courses. The Whimble Gardens and café is a c 40 minute walk along the lanes to the north of The Hymns. The grounds of Hergest Croft (the other side of Kington), include a very fine arboretum. Nearby New Radnor has a village shop and pub, and another pub in Old Radnor on the hill. The Heart of Wales Railway line runs from Knighton nearby. The Kington Walking Festival, Hay Festival, Sheep Music in Presteigne. There is a small library in the house.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Jan & Feb
4 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
1 night minimum stay
£298
for 1 night
From
£269
£1,250
£4,913
 
 
March excl Easter Fortnight
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
1 night minimum stay
£335
for 1 night
From
£306
£1,421
£5,597
 
 
Early April
1 Apr 2017 - 5 Apr 2017
1 night minimum stay
£412
for 1 night
From
£383
£1,769
£6,989
 
 
Easter
6 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
1 night minimum stay
£500
for 1 night
From
£471
£2,170
£8,595
 
 
Late Spring
24 Apr 2017 - 24 May 2017
1 night minimum stay
£541
for 1 night
From
£512
£2,356
£9,337
 
 
Hay Festival
25 May 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
£835
for 1 night
From
£806
£2,448
£9,705
 
 
June
5 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
£541
for 1 night
From
£512
£2,356
£9,337
 
 
July
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
1 night minimum stay
£656
for 1 night
From
£627
£2,879
£11,429
 
 
August
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
1 night minimum stay
£656
for 1 night
From
£627
£2,879
£11,429
 
 
September
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
£541
for 1 night
From
£512
£2,356
£9,337
 
 
Early October
1 Oct 2017 - 12 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
£335
for 1 night
From
£306
£2,419
£5,589
 
 
October holiday
13 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
£541
for 1 night
From
£512
£2,356
£9,337
 
 
Nov & Dec
31 Oct 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
1 night minimum stay
£313
for 1 night
From
£284
£1,319
£5,189
 
 
Christmas & New Year
20 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
1 night minimum stay
£856
for 1 night
From
£827
£2,510
£9,953
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£656
for 1 night
From
£627
£2,879
£11,429
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £400
Booking fee £29
Pet Fee £24

Booking Notes:
Rates quoted are for upto 12 guests in the main house. Additional optional extras can be added to take the total that can be accommodated to 18 guests across 8 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms.

Our short stay rates are for a minimum of 3 nights (apart from at Christmas, New Year, Easter and for the Hay Festival, which is 7 nights, other bank holidays are a 4 night minimum stay rate). You are of course very welcome to stay for less than the minimum stay period, and the rate charged will be the rate for the minimum number of nights quoted above.

An additional fee is chargeable if you would like to bring your horse or pony. Please enquire separately.

Changeover Day:
Arrival after 4pm, departure by 10am, please.

Notes on prices:
Our minimum stay rate is 3 days for most of the year, 4 days for a single day bank holiday weekend, 5 days for a two day bank holiday weekend, and a week at Christmas, New Year, Easter & for the Hay Festival. A £400 refundable good house keeping deposit is taken on booking. If you do not wish to leave the property clean and tidy before you leave, please leave £60 in the 'honestybox' at the end of your stay. Well behaved dogs may be accepted if agreed in writing in advance, and with an additional charge of £24 per dog. If you would like to bring a horse, please enquire separately. Prices include linen, towels and electricity. Logs for the fire can be purchased at £5 per basket, on an honesty box basis.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • 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
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 4900 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • First floor bathroom - ensuite or accessible separately - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Views to court yard, sofa, ottoman
  • Downstairs cloakroom - Toilet, Views across pottager garden to meadows and hills
  • Ensuite lavatory - Toilet, attached to Ednol, double bedroom, books
  • Second Floor bathroom & shower - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Armchair, books
  • First floor bathroom - Toilet, Bath (no shower), panelled bathroom, views across meadows and garden to hills
  • Ensuite bathroom with bath & shower over (can be accessed separately too if required), bathroom with panelled bath and WC, bathroom with bath & shower over and WC, separate wc/cloakroom, en-suite toilet to one of the double bedrooms

Bedrooms

  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Ednol - Four poster double bed - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, Ensuite lavatory, books, dresser, wardrobe, armchairs, views
  • Whimble - Divan double bed - with balcony - 1 Double Bed, Bed with headboard, small sofa, chest of drawers, balcony
  • Knill Garroway - single bed - 1 Single Bed, Small chest of drawers, books
  • Pencraig - king size double - with ensuite bathroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Books and a chaise longue
  • Llan Fawr - triple, can also be made as superking double - 3 Single Bed, Views across farmland to hills -small chest of drawers,books
  • The Vron - attic twin, can also be made as superking double - 2 Single Bed, Low level beds with headboards, small chest of drawers,chair
  • Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms) with the optional extra of adding a further 3 guests in the attached accommodation, and a further 3 in the attic library corridor bed, and additional sofa bed Notes on bedrooms: Master kingsize double bedroom with ensuite bathroom, double bedroom with ensuite toilet, double bedroom with balcony, single bedroom, twin bedroom with two beds (which can also be made up as a superking size double), triple bedroom with 3 beds (which can also be made up as a superking size double) - all with views to meadows & hills or garden.

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The stairs are wide and easy to access for those less firm of foot. Wheelchair access can be gained via the dining room double doors, and, if required, a bed can be moved downstairs into the dining room. There is a wc/cloakroom on the ground floor, which requires a step down. The flagstone floors in the kitchen and hallway are uneven. Outside: A traditional farmhouse garden with herbaceous borders, a large collection of roses, peonies, irises, tulips, lilies, daisies, geraniums, cosmos, delphiniums, hollyhocks. Lavender borders surround the beds. A herb garden surrounds the kitchen patio, and a small vegetable garden provides veg, to which guests are welcome if there is sufficient in growth. A plum tree, damson, apple and two cherries lie in the field and yard beyond and sloes adorn the hedges. The meadows immediately adjacent to the house are wild flower meadows, full of cornflower, poppies, vetch, and there are 14 acres of meadow, woodland, field and garden that guests are welcome to roam. In the winter cows can be seen in the shed. There are rare-breed pigs in the woodland, and sheep in the field. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen is provided, and the property cleaned before your stay. Other: Large barn for indoor play for children, cadet sized ping pong table & small billiard table

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