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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 1 - 6 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. 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.

Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2017

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 Herefordshire

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 Kington Rural

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 (3 Singles or Double w. 2 singles on requet - 3 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.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

River cottage Sleeps 6 (option to 7), Views to River & Woods, 1880's railway cot
average rating of 4.5 based on 7 reviews

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: Jun 3, 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: May 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 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: Apr 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 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: 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 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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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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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

Prices for this holiday cottage in Kington, Heart of England

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Oct 2017 - 12 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October holiday
13 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Nov & Dec
31 Oct 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year 2015
20 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Jan & Feb 2018
4 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Mar 2018 - 21 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Easter to May
22 Mar 2018 - 23 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Hay Festival
24 May 2018 - 4 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
5 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
July & August
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October excl holiday
1 Oct 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Oct holiday
19 Oct 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Nov & Dec
5 Nov 2018 - 17 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
18 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Booking fee £12
Pet Fee £22
Refundable 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.
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