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Picturesque Black And White Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Bircher, Nr. Leominster, Herefordshire, England - Ideal Walking And Cycling Base

This is a timber framed cottage, with bathroom extension. The cottage is situated down a quiet country lane in the hamlet of Bircher. The nearby villages of Yarpole and Orleton are within walking distance and both have thriving village shops (Yarpole community shop is in the church), churches and traditional pubs. There are a wealth of footpaths in the area as well as long distance footpaths. The Mortimer Trail and Offa's Dyke path are both within reach. The area is one of rolling hills and agricultural land, in one of the most beautiful areas of the Welsh Marches.

Mary Walter
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2018

About Mary Walter

Gatehouse Cottage belonged to my grandparents, and was passed down to my Mother and then to myself. It was originally a farm workers cottage, and my Mother remembered the 6 children who were brought up in the small cottage with no running water or electricity.

My husband and I moved to Herefordshire when he retired and now manage the cottage for holiday lets. We live about 8 miles away so can readily attend to changeovers and deal with any problems.

What makes this cottage unique

Although the cottage is on a quiet lane, it is close to several highways, and you can travel north, south, east and west with ease, without having to retrace your steps. The garden is a delight and can be enjoyed at all times of the year.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Leominster in Croft and Yarpole

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • One downstairs bathroom, wc with bath and shower over.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with two single beds, the second bedroom is L shaped and the beds cannot be placed together.
  • Books
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
Outside: Large private garden with flower beds and orchard. Lawn area and ample off street parking. Barbeque, garden table and chairs, garden bench. Utility Room: N/A Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included, changed weekly. The property is cleaned after every visitor. For stays longer than 1 week extra linen will be provided and cleaning done by appointment.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

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Picturesque Black And White Cottage
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

A delightful rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

The Gatehouse Cottage is an attractive and cosy half-timbered property in a delightful location. The cottage itself is comfortable, well-equipped and has ample parking for at least three cars up a short but steep drive. There is a very attractive orchard attached to the property and we were extremely fortunate in coinciding with a spectacularly bountiful apple harvest. They are delicious!

A beautifully quiet green lane alongside the cottage provides a wonderfully tranquil short walk and the nearby village of Yarpole, with its well-stocked community shop in the church is also easily reached by field paths. Nearby Bircher Common provides ample opportunities for longer walks.

The location is excellent for visits to nearby National Trust properties such as the medieval manor house at Brockhampton (highly recommended) and nearby Berrington Hall. The original Hampton Court Castle and spectacularly designed gardens are also well worth a visit. Ludlow and Leominster provide interesting places to explore and the Riverside Inn at the nearby Village of Aymestry is an excellent venue for good quality well-prepared meals.

All in all, this part of the world is over=looked and under-rated but definitely worth seeking out. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage and would recommend it unreservedly.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A week in a black and white cottage

  • 4 of 5

Very comfortable cottage. Slight problem with the central heating but everything else was fine. The wood burner was excellent and there was lots of fuel available.

Kitchen had everything we needed. We would certainly stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An Excellent Cottage in a Lovely area

  • 5 of 5

The timber-framed old cottage is very cosy and a pleasure to spend time in. It's placed within a lovely area and the village/hamlet is spread out and has a relaxed feel about it.

My only negative point is the lack of internet, as it's so useful to be able to look up places to visit, restaurants etc.

We were very pleasantly surprised by the lovely countryside and nearby well preserved old villages.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage in peaceful area

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of spending a week at the cottage in June. The weather was glorious so we spent many hours in the beautiful quiet garden when not out exploring the area. The cottage was clean, warm and characterful and was equipped with everything we needed. Would definitely recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage in a peaceful spot

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying in this lovely little cottage for a week in June. We were very lucky to have glorious weather which meant we spent hours in the fabulous peaceful garden when not out exploring the area. The cottage itself was characterful, clean & equipped with everything we needed. I would definitely recommend the cottage!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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my holiday

  • 5 of 5

A truly wonderful cottage in truly wonderful area ,so peacefull only the birdsong and sheep to be heard we had an excellent week her and will come back again , in fact I loved it so much I wanted to move to the area but have not managed to persuade my husband. The eggs and milk left for our arrival where much appreciated , thankyou for a great week I am planning to visit at other times of the year.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
Car: necessary


There are railway stations at Ludlow and Leominster and a limited bus service. Use of car is recommended.


The villages of Yarpole and Orleton are within 2 miles walking distance. Leominster is a quiet country town 5 miles south. Ludlow is 5 miles north and the renowned "foodie" capital of the Midlands. Ludlow has a wonderful castle and St Laurence Church is well worth a visit for its carved misericords.

The National Trust properties of Croft Castle and Berrington Hall are within easy reach. Bircher Common is owned by the National Trust and has wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

Further Details:

The Stagg at Titley is a Michelin star pub about 10 miles away, the Riverside at Aymestry is well known for good dining. There are supermarkets, banks and many independent retailers in both Ludlow and Leominster. There are swimming pools in both towns, and riding can be arranged on Mortimer Forest. Hereford is famous for the cathedral and Mappa Mundi exhibition. Further afield, Gloucester and Worcester are well worth a visit. The renowned Three Choirs Festival takes place in one of the three cathedral cities every year, the Hay literary festival is an annual event, as is the Ludlow food festival.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner. Sorry-not suitable for pets.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day Saturday, short breaks available when booked not not than 4 weeks ahead. Please contact owner to check.

Notes on prices:
A deposit of 30% is required to secure the booking, the balance to be paid 6 weeks prior to commencement of the holiday. Bookings taken less than 6 weeks before the letting date must be paid in full. A full refund will be paid for cancellations up to 21 days prior to the letting date. Cancellation after this time will result in forfeiture of the full rental unless we can re-let the property for those dates. Cancellation insurance is recommended.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.