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Riverside cottage, formerly a railway crossing, with views to meadows & woods

Overview

Property

Updated: 30-Nov-2016
House near Kington, Herefordshire, England - Peaceful Location In Beautiful Countryside, With Easy Access To Footpath Network & Bridleways

The Cottage is set in a rural position, in a quiet valley, beside a river and a stream. 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 steep - please contact us if this could be a concern.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

Speaks English

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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2 Reviews

4.5
based on 2 holidaymaker reviews

4

Beautiful property with a lovely garden/river and surrounding areas. Internet cut out for us.

  • 4 of 5

As long as you don't mind an old building with a lot of character, a loft-conversion attic upstairs and the kitchen on a separate floor from the living area (with a beautiful view and easy access to the amazing back garden) you'll love it.

The only major drawback for us was the internet cutting out, but it was free wi-fi and you don't come somewhere like this for technology!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely note, and so glad you had a nice time. The attic bedroom has actually been a part of the house since the time it was built in the 1880's and was designed to be a bedroom for the railway crossing keeper's children (and grandchildren!). It features in the book 'The Mysteries of Glass', by Sue Gee, where a little girl watches the trains go by from the attic windows - this being before the railway was decommissioned in the 1960's with the Beeching closures. From the other end, the children would have watched the river gurgling by, beyond the apple trees, and spied for fish rising and for kingfishers flying past. The house is on a split level, so although the kitchen is on the level of the lower garden, the bedrooms, bathroom and sitting room are all on the ground floor, which is the level of the upper garden and the lane. This can be helpful for those who can't manage stairs to get to the bedroom or bathroom (which are usually on the first floor of a house), and who are fortunate enough to have others in their party bring up tea to enjoy by the fire, or at the table in the sitting room window with views to the river and ancient woodland beyond. WIFI is on the mend again as we are switching away from Talk Talk to a better provider, which will be effective at the end of this week! But as you say, we hope guests will find our cottage to be a retreat from the pressures and the crispness of modern life for those who chose to seek it. Thank you again for coming to stay.
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The 'Railway Children' meets the 'Famous Five' - a Hidden Gem full of Adventures and Charm!

  • 5 of 5

Having just returned from a May Bank Holiday weekend break, all I can say is we really didn't want to leave!

The cottage is rustic as described by the owners, but this adds to the period charm and provides opportunity to do the things, a TV etc often restricts. As a family we sat around the table and played board games, toasted marshmallows, tinkled on the pianola (my son was most impressed with his grandparents renditions learnt in childhood piano lessons), played in the garden and helped each other cross the river in our wellies. Having said this, there is WIFI if you feel you need to rejoin the modern world and the cottage does now benefit from a dishwasher - a very welcome surprise! The stairs are quite steep and kept us fit, but didn't create a problem for my parents in their 70s.

The location of the cottage is stunning, with an amazing variety of wildlife and flowers all around. The birds, river, sheep and lambs and of course laughter were the only sounds, with the Dawn Chorus an absolute joy. For stargazers the night sky from the cottage door was spectacular.

The 'icing on the cake' would have been to experience the old steam trains pulling up so close to the window, but until we can travel back in time we can only imagine what a wonderful sight this must have been. The photos and books on the subject were much appreciated.

We would definitely recommend the Bryngwyn Riding School - we did an hour hack in the most stunning countryside with far reaching views of England and Wales. The Angel Fish Bar and Chinese takeaway in Kington provided a very tasty first night meal. We all commented how friendly the people around the area were. The walk to Kington along the old track is worth doing and is not too arduous for all generations.

We would have no hessitation recommending this cottage to anyone wanting a comfortable, but 'no frills' escape in a wonderful, secluded location.

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely note - we are thrilled that you enjoyed your holiday with us - and what a lot of nice things you did during your stay! You have really captured the essence of a family holiday in our quiet countryside setting - reading the note of all the things you enjoyed is a great inspiration - thank you!
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Birmingham at 75 Miles Nearest Barpub : Kington at 3 Miles Nearest Golf : Kington at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Leominster or Knighton at 15 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 45 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Titley at 3 Miles Nearest Beach : Aberystwyth at 50 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

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

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:

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.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Nov & Dec
31 Oct 2016 - 19 Dec 2016
1 night minimum stay
£95
for 1 night
From
£83
£386
£1,507
 
 
Christmas & New Year 2016
20 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
1 night minimum stay
£192
for 1 night
From
£180
£829
 
 
Jan & Feb 2017
4 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
1 night minimum stay
£97
for 1 night
From
£85
£396
£1,548
 
 
Early March
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
1 night minimum stay
£108
for 1 night
From
£96
£447
£1,750
 
 
Easter
1 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
1 night minimum stay
£141
for 1 night
From
£129
£598
£2,358
 
 
Hay Festival
26 May 2017 - 5 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
£197
for 1 night
From
£185
£852
£3,370
 
 
Summer
6 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
£141
for 1 night
From
£129
£598
£2,358
 
 
Autumn
1 Oct 2017 - 12 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
£108
for 1 night
From
£96
£447
£1,750
 
 
October holiday
13 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
£141
for 1 night
From
£129
£598
£2,358
 
 
Nov & Dec
31 Oct 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
1 night minimum stay
£96
for 1 night
From
£84
£396
£1,548
 
 
Christmas & New Year 2015
20 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
1 night minimum stay
£197
for 1 night
From
£185
£852
£3,370
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£108
for 1 night
From
£96
£512
£1,750
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Booking fee £12
Pet Fee £22

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books

Suitability

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

Location Type

  • river
  • rural

Attractions

  • 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

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom with shower over bath - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Small bathroom with toilet, bath with shower over and wash handbasin.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 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 family room - 3 Single Bed, 3 single beds with small chest of drawers, and open to stair
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Double bedroom with wash handbasin, single bedroom with wash hand basin, triple attic communal bedroom - all with views to river, meadows or woodland, duvets, warm woollen blankets & eiderdowns.

Outside

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

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

Notes:

  • 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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