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



Updated: 25-Oct-2016
House near Kington, Herefordshire, England - Secluded Location In Beautiful Countryside, With Easy Access To Footpath Network & 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.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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

Speaks English

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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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


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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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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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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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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The Hymns

  • 4 of 5

Lovely location and house is great. Very detailed instructions for everything in house (particularly liked those on how to light the fire!)

Rooms great and games room is fun. (Minor criticism: Table tennis table a bit small and the balls don't bounce very well on it. Also, snooker table old and small. However, croquet set was fun)

Plenty of space for the 12 that stayed

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time! The table tennis table is on a custom made timber base, and is called a 'Cadet' - the size is 2.7metres long (standard international competition length) and 1.2m wide (standard 'cadet' table tennis table width, the size used in international competitions for young adults and children). Expert playing guests are very welcome to bring fresh new balls with them or buy them in the great sports shop that is on the corner in Kington. We replenish them ourselves every month or two as well. The billiard table is a beautiful antique slate table, recently recovered, and is 1.8m long by 1m wide (3 foot wide), and great fun to play on, with sweeping views out to the hills and meadows to catch your eye-line. So glad you like the house notes too - we hope our guests will feel at home in our home, so rather than leaving little stickers on loos and doors everywhere we have explained everything in the welcome folder. We find that several guests have never enjoyed a wood burning stove before, and the trick to preventing it from smoking into the room when you first light it is a little known, but very simple, one! We're glad you enjoyed learning of it from our note! Glad you had a great time, we loved having you to stay!
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Family Fun in Wales

  • 4 of 5

Fifteen of us descended on The Hymns for a family get together. The house was the perfect setting with the barn being a favourite for the children. It is clear from how the house has been refurbished and funished, that the owners want to keep the house as close to its original character as possible; don't go expecting new fixtures and fittings. We found this charming but felt that at times this was at the expense of comfort - particularly with the beds/mattresses. The children slept on the top floor in the twin and triple bedrooms, they loved their rooms which were like something out of an Enid Blyton book - the sort of thing that I would have adored at their age!

The gardens/grounds are lovely with an abundance of wildlife. We were lucky enough to see buzzards and an owl.

The house is located down a quiet country lane in a beautiful setting close to a number of visitor attractions and walking routes. The Smallbreeds Centre is a good place to visit if you have small children and the Judges Lodging for older children and adults.

We cooked for ourselves most evenings but did venture to the Red Lion Inn (approximately a 10 minute drive along the A44 towards Rhayader) for their steak night on a Saturday evening; the steaks were very good, as were the puddings!

We wouldn't hesitate to visit The Hymns again in the future. If you want a good sized property and don't mind living rustically then this is the place for you.

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely note & we are thrilled you had such a great time and ate 'in' almost every night with your 16 guests! Glad you enjoyed the kitchen and dining room with views across lavender and herb patios to the hills beyond. The two attic mattresses have been replaced, and we have added a beautiful belfast sink to the kitchen, together with some other nice features too! Thanks again. Best wishes.
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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.


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


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)


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.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
October Holiday
14 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Nov & Dec
1 Nov 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Christmas & New Year
20 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Jan & Feb
4 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
March excl Easter Fortnight
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
1 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Late Spring
24 Apr 2017 - 24 May 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Hay Festival
25 May 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
June to September
5 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Early October
1 Oct 2017 - 12 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
October holiday
13 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Nov & Dec
31 Oct 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Christmas & New Year
20 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £22
Refundable Damage Deposit £400
Booking fee £29

Booking Notes:
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:
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 £22 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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Updated: 25-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • farmhouse


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


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


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


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


  • 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


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

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • 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.


  • First floor bathroom - Toilet, Bath (no shower), panelled bathroom
  • Second Floor bathroom & shower - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Books
  • Downstairs cloakroom & toilet - Toilet, Views to hills
  • Ensuite lavatory - Toilet, attached to the Northern bedroom
  • Bathroom with panelled bath and WC, bathroom with bath & shower over and WC, separate wc/cloakroom, en-suite toilet to master bedroom


  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Northern Double - Four poster bed - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, Ensuite lavatory, books, dresser, wardrobe, armchairs, views
  • Southern Double - High metal framed bed - 1 Double Bed, Books and a chaise longue, small inbuilt wardrobe
  • Western Double - Divan bed - with balcony - 1 Double Bed, Bed with headboard, small sofa, chest of drawers, balcony
  • Attic twin - 2 Single Bed, Low level beds with headboards, small chest of drawers, chai
  • Eastern single - single bed - 1 Single Bed, Small chest of drawers, books
  • Northern triple - 3 Single Bed, Views across farmland, small chest of drawers, books
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master double bedroom with ensuite toilet, double bedroom, double bedroom, single bedroom, twin bedroom with two beds, triple bedroom with 3 beds - all with views to hills or garden.


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


  • Self-catering

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


  • 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 sofabed 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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