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River cottage Sleeps 6 (option to 7), Views to River & Woods, 1880's railway cot

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage near Kington, Herefordshire, England - Rural Location, Beautiful Countryside, Sleeps 7

The Cottage is set in a rural position, in a quiet valley, beside a river and a stream, with the optional extra of the Gardeners Hut for extra campers, or a playroom. Great for the Hay Festival. It was built in the 1880's to provide a home for the railway level crossing keeper. With the closure of the railway in the 1960's it took on a peaceful & quiet existence. It is built of stone with thick walls, possibly by a water-miller given it's tolerance for the river close to which it stands. It is covered in clematis in the spring and roses in the summer. From all the windows are lovely views of the river, the fields, the woods or the garden. It is set in a deep valley through which a river and stream runs. The river runs one side of the house and the stream the other. It is surrounded by meadows and old woodland. Please note that the stairs to the kitchen are considered (by some) to be steep - please contact us if this could be a concern.

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21 June, 2018

About Nick

In 1912 our great-grandfather, who'd grown up in the local village, and been a corn merchant in the nearby town, bought a few fields in the little valley by the river. And with it came our tranquil, beautiful cottage. We hope you enjoy our quiet place to stay.

Why Nick chose Kington

Beautiful setting and a traditional cottage, with comforts but a traditional style

What makes this cottage unique

Wonderful quiet riverside location

Guestbook comments from the owner

- The cottage was delightful. It's difficult to think of a location with so many features of interest in such immediate proximity... We rarely return to the same place twice but feel there is plenty left in the area for us to explore so, after such an enjoyable week, we will be back.

- Thank you for the loan of your snug cottage. We have found the cottage very comfortable... The seclusion & silence and ready access to good walking have suited us perfectly. The fact is that we are resolved to come again.

- You have an amazing place. The house was very comfortable and we didn’t need to light the fire at all. Wonderful to have the bread maker. We enjoyed the maps and guide books and especially loved the photos of the train taken in 1964. Dippers and other birds in the garden, all just so lovely.

- This is perhaps one of my favourite places. It's quite near Hergest Ridge for the Mike Oldfield fans (he made an album titled Hergest Ridge). Some of my best times in ages have been here.
Nov 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Kington in Lyonshall

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom with shower over bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Small bathroom with toilet, bath with shower over and small wash handbasin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Small Double - 1 Double Bed , Small double with washbasin. Storage in the room next door
    Single - 1 Single Bed , Single bed with wardrobe and chest of drawers. Wash basin.
    Attic familyroom (4 Singles or Double w. 2 singles on requet - 4 Single Bed , 4 single beds with small chest of drawers, and open to stair
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Double bedroom with wash handbasin, single bedroom with wash hand basin, attic open plan bedroom with 4 single beds, two of which can be ziplinked into a kingsize double on request - all with views to river, meadows or woodland, duvets, warm woollen blankets & eiderdowns.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • 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
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
The stairs are narrow down to the kitchen, but the cottage has the benefit of a sloping site, so the sitting room, 2 bedrooms & bathroom are on the ground floor and easy to access from the front door for those less firm of foot. Note the landing to the stairs is small, with 2 doors opening off it and 1 door opening onto it, so it is very close to the stairs. Please bring a stair gate for young children or those less firm of foot. Outside: The gardens at The Crossing Cottage extend to almost half an acre with traditional planting reflecting the Cottage's origins as a simple home. Steps down to the river lead to stepping stones to our tiny island, just big enough for a picnic for 6 in the summer. A tiny lane winds quietly passed lined with daffodils, in the summer roses grow around the porch door. Quince grows up the wall, and winter flowering jasmine tugs at the windows. Flag irises, yellow poppies, aquilegia (granny's bonnets), phlox, tiny pink roses, floppy white rose bush, and the deepest purple pink rose. Lupins, hollyhocks and foxgloves. Perfumed Vibernum and an area which is allowed to grow wild, but for the grass path that winds through it. Great beech and ash trees adorn the river bank. Fruit trees (apples and pears) blossom in the late spring and provide fruit for guests.


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River cottage Sleeps 6 (option to 7), Views to River & Woods, 1880's railway cot
average rating of 4.625 based on 9 reviews

Beautiful cottage, central location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is wonderful -quirky, twisty staircases, attic dorm that spans the length of the house, open fire and river running through the garden. The decor is old world charm, kitchen and bathroom are basic but have everything you need (although dryer wasn't working during our stay). No tv, weak wifi and no phone signal means you are cut off but in the summer without incident this is bliss. Even the teenagers loved it! You'll need a torch if arriving at night and keys have to be collected from a keyholder before you arrive. A special thanks to the lovely lady from the local shop who delivered our groceries before we arrived. A wonderful welcome!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage and location. Very good owners - good communication and friendly/helpful. Will definitely be staying again

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good morning - thank you very much for your lovely note - it was lovely to realise you had been several times before and I am very glad that your family had a very nice time. We are delighted to have welcomed you! With best wishes.
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Location, location, location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was idiosyncratic due to it's history as a level-crossing keepers cottage and the garden was superb particularly for our 2 labradors who played in the river endlessly. The stretch of road outside the cottage was closed for 4 days due to a pothole which made it extra peaceful. The location was superb for access to the Hay Festival and to a splendid range of walks in the Welsh Marches.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nice base for exploring mid-Wales/Marches

  • 4 of 5

The house is beautifully situated and peaceful. Parking is easy. Two bedrooms, bathroom/toilet, and sitting room are on one level. Kitchen is down narrow stairs, which was fine for us. It is a lovely eat-in kitchen and well-outfitted. There is a walkout to the river. Bedroom in the attic is one long room with four beds under the slanting roof. It worked well for our children. Not far from Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Offa's Dyke, Ironbridge Gorge, Clun, Brecon Beacons, and more. Plenty of room to play boardgames. Nearby grocery store (driving distance). Wifi did not work well and no cell reception. We had some confusion with directions--mostly because we did not know what HGV were when we arrived. Go down the lane warning that HGV will get stuck. With a car, you will have no issues. Our cleaning deposit was returned promptly. I only wish that I had spent more time just relaxing and enjoying the property rather than touring.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely note and so glad you had a wonderful time. You are welcome to come back to enjoy another relaxing holiday without touring! Although the area is so beautiful it is understandable that you wanted to travel around to see it all! Thank you for coming to stay.
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Beautiful little railway cottage with river in the garden. It was a idyllic break from south Londond

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful escape from south London to the middle of no where, with no TVs and minimal internet! We actually played in the river as a family. Perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, quaint and idyllic cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in the dark so spent the evening in front of the real wood fire with the children (11 & 8) playing on the piano. They had spent an hour exploring after unpacking and hadn't yet realised there was no TV (best bit).

Woke up the next morning and immediately took my dog out for a walk round the lanes/track at the front. It is so beautiful, peaceful and the ground was frosty and magical with the snowdrops out. The rushing river and birds were the only noise and we saw a heron flying overhead. Spent the day exploring the lanes and garden with the kids and dog whilst getting filthy, it was perfect.

The cottage is old fashioned, simple and beautiful and I would love to return in the summer as I suspect it could be even more stunning and colourful.

The cottage was clean, homely and we would definitely return and recommend. My favourite part was the river running so close by.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely note - we were delighted to welcome you and are so glad to learn that you enjoyed the cosiness and magic of the cottage and also enjoyed its beautiful setting and wildlife. Hearing the sound of the river in the morning and at night, when you go to sleep, is something very special, and we are delighted that you enjoyed it too. It is wonderful in the summer as well and we would pleased to welcome you back.
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Leominster or Knighton
Nearest Motorway
45 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

there are many locally organised holiday activities, from painting, to walking, to cycling etc


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)


The nearest town, Kington is approx 3 miles away and can be walked to along the old tramway or cycled or driven to along the lanes. Lyonshall is approx 2 miles away with village pub.

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 grounds of Hergest Croft (the other side of Kington), include a very fine arboretum. Nearby Lyonshall has a pub and beautiful church that can be reached on foot through the woods. 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 & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20
Damage Deposit £100

Changeover Day:
Arrival after 4pm, departure by 10am, please, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Notes on prices:
Our prices include bed linen, electricity & gas, free WIFI, and assume that you will leave the property as you found it, ie tidied around, and with furniture and books returned to where you found them. If you do not wish to leave the property tidied around before you leave we ask you to leave £30 in the honesty pot. Note : we have a minimum stay rates of 3 nights rate equivalent for short stays of 3 nights or less, and 4 nights for bank holiday weekends. At Christmas, Easter & New Year we have 1 week minimum stay rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.