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The Hymns, Pet Friendly, Indoor Play Area, Sleeps 12 (+options to 16 to 19)

People13
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's2
Space 4,900 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse

Overview

About the property

Rural House nr Kington, Herefordshire, sleeps 12 (+options to 16-19) Beautiful Secluded Location, Private Woodland, Footpaths & Bridlew

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. Private woodland, wildflower meadow and garden walks. National Garden Scheme garden. 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.


Owner
Elsa
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
27 May, 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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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Kington, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
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
  • seating for 16 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • 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 13
  • Ednol - Four poster DOUBLE bed - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , Ensuite lavatory, books, dresser, wardrobe, armchairs, views
    Whimble - DOUBLE with balcony (or twin on request) - 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- FOUR SINGLES (or superking double on request) - 4 Single Bed , Views across farmland to hills -small chest of drawers,books
    The Vron - ATTIC TWIN (or superking double on request) - 2 Single Bed , Low level beds with headboards, small chest of drawers,chair
  • Sleeps 13 (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 (or double on request), QUADRUPLE bedroom with 4 single beds (or double on request) - all with views to meadows & hills or garden.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
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
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

Reviews

Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

5

Gorgeous and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

The process and communication could not have been simpler. We selected this property due to its central location and it was beautiful. We asked for the Aga to be on for our arrival and this was an added bonus!

We were a group of 12 people 26-33years and we loved it! Spacious, clean and homely. Recommend without hesitation.

Word of advice: sync playlists offline!

Many thanks xx

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely note, we were delighted to welcome you. I enjoyed hearing how your friend had taken himself for a walk along the footpaths to the pre-historic Standing Stones nearby, and was delighted to learn that you had all had a great time together too. Thank you for having come to stay.
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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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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Hay Festival
25 May 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
£859
for 1 night
From
£830
£2,518
£9,985
 
 
June
5 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
£556
for 1 night
From
£527
£2,426
£9,617
 
 
July
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
1 night minimum stay
£671
for 1 night
From
£642
£2,949
£11,709
 
 
August
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
1 night minimum stay
£671
for 1 night
From
£642
£2,949
£11,709
 
 
September
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
£556
for 1 night
From
£527
£2,426
£9,617
 
 
Early October
1 Oct 2017 - 12 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
£350
for 1 night
From
£321
£1,489
£5,869
 
 
October holiday
13 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
£556
for 1 night
From
£527
£2,426
£9,617
 
 
Nov & Dec
31 Oct 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
1 night minimum stay
£328
for 1 night
From
£299
£1,389
£5,469
 
 
Christmas & New Year
20 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
1 night minimum stay
£879
for 1 night
From
£850
£2,580
£10,233
 
 
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:
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 in our short stay periods.

Rates quoted are for upto 13 guests in the main house. Additional optional extras can be added to take the total that can be accommodated to 19 guests across 8 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms.

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

Changeover Day: we try to accommodate change overs on most days as required

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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